Free Mask and Puppet Making Workshop for Kids

October 14, 2013
Monday, 2 - 5 p.m and Wednesday and Friday, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Gamble Education Center
Join our free children’s mask and puppet building workshop taught by Shoestring Theater, Maine's longest running community puppet theater.

On the first day, Columbus Day, the group will tour through The Wonderful World of Oz exhibition for creative inspiration and brainstorming. Shoestring Theatre Artistic Director Nance Parker will then lead students through the process of creating, designing and building their own personal mask. Participants will be expected to use their wildest ideas about creatures and myths when designing their work. Work will be executed sculpting clay, paper-mache and wire. We will also be adding our own hand sewn costumes to create creatures both magical and scary. And as a group, we will also build a large parading puppet. These will be part of the Fall Family Festival Parade, taking place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19.

Nance Parker's large and colorful puppets have been seen throughout the state for over 30 years. Highly influenced by Brazilian carnival puppets as well as Europe's street theater tradition, Parker works primarily in clay and paper mache. She is a master of the large scale parading puppets used in street festivals and parades. Her epic Sicillian Marionette show of the Odyssey was a featured part of the Farnsworth's Puppetry exhibition in 2002.She is currently designing and building a personal version of Alice in Wonderland to be performed at Mayo Street Arts in March of 2014. She also performs the classic Punch & Judy hand puppet show.
Participating students should be old enough to work independently, or have adult supervision. Sign up by contacting the Education Department at 207-596-6457 ext. 146.



Phone Number: 
207-596-6457 ext 146
Price: $0.00