You may have noticed that Maxed Out Puppetry has not had many public performances lately. We’re currently taking a hiatus from most live performances so that we can focus our energy and time on our new web based puppet show for kids called Rusty & Ollie’s Fun, Facts, and Follies. The world is full of fun and wonder. Explore it with us. We’ll have new episodes available every other week!
Watch the series intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3jRuZWM-0s
And Episode #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vvFTb93yFM
You’ll still be able to catch us live at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival at the end of August and at the annual Orem Puppetry Festival (which we helped create) on the 3rd Saturday of every September, as well as sporadic performances at local libraries.
This last weekend, Maxed Out Puppetry participated in the 2010 Utah PuppetFest, hosted by the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem and the Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah. We taught two classes on introductory puppet performance, and performed in the Great Puppet Follies, a puppet variety show featuring various puppeteers from all over Utah. It was a ton of fun.
The Festival was covered by the local paper, the Daily Herald, including a video about the festival in which you can see our own J. Max teaching the class.
Caitlin Shirts joined Maxed Out Puppetry over six years ago and has had a huge influence on the troupe. We’ve appreciated her hard work, her creativity, her wit, and her large collection of puppets. She has been accepted to the famous Masters program in Puppetry at the University of Connecticut . Ain’t that not the what? (Congratulations Caitlin!) She leaves Utah for Connecticut this week.
On Saturday August 8th Maxed Out Puppetry participated in the annual “Teddy Bear Picnic” at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. This is our second year at the zoo and we had a great time modifying some of our stories and songs to include Teddy Bears.
The children enjoyed a live performance of our adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Elephant’s Child” with a teddy bear, as well as a version of the Hardware Store, with an ice cream loving Teddy Bear.
After the show, Ollie stuck around to chat with the kids for a little while and we all had a lot of fun. We also got to see some of the new babies at the zoo, including the baby orangutan, the snow leopard cub, and the baby giraffe.
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Thanks to Librarian Charlotte Hurley and the Grand County Library, Maxed Out Puppetry had a wonderful time among the stunning scenery of Moab Utah during the first weekend of August. Despite the blazing summer sun, we were able to visit the natural wonder of Arches National Park. In addition to the natural formations, thousands of years before puppetry there were Petroglyphs and on Charlotte’s recommendation we went to check out the ancient rock drawings of the Fremont culture as well as even more ancient dinosaur footprints preserved in the rocks nearby.