What is Puppet Pop-Up?
Puppet Pop-Ups are puppet making and performing workshops, either pre-registered or drop by, that take place each month at different locations in Calgary. WP Puppet Theatre subscribes to the Reggio Emilia education philosophy, which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within. For more information: reggiochildren.it
Why is it at a different location each month?
We like to pop-up at different locations all over Calgary so we can reach people in all different neighbourhoods. We have a Puppet Pop-Up Partner program where we collaborate with other community organizations who provide a venue, and in turn we share what they do. Some of our partners have been Fort Calgary, Haysboro Community Association, and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. Other times our Pop Up might be part of another organization’s event.
Who is Puppet Pop-Up for?
We welcome everyone age four and up to join us. This is not a program just for kids, and adults participate with their youngsters or on their own. We try to scale the project so the young can make something. Older participants should feel they can take the project further with more details, design, and performance ability. Sometimes this means Pop Up is a bit chaotic because people come in all different ‘shapes and sizes’ but we always have fun!
Do you have to be a performer to participate?
Puppetry is both drama and art but you certainly don’t need any experience in performing to participate. We always have a sharing component that is meant to be low stress and friendly—an opportunity to practice the lifelong skill of speaking in public. We applaud those who challenge themselves to do something that might be a bit uncomfortable and we enjoy the antics of the ‘natural performers’ but you can always opt out.
Why don’t you use patterns?
We encourage imagination and creativity. While we give instructions, demonstrations and provide patterns for some of the tricky bits, we celebrate that every puppet ends up unique!
What if my puppet falls apart?
We try to teach the construction methods that can keep the puppet together! However, mother used to say, “the fun is in the making not in the keeping”, and we believe in process versus product. When you’ve finished loving your puppet we hope you recycle what you can—even if it needs to be dismembered.
Who teaches the workshop?
Generally our Artistic Director, Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, or one of our other facilitators teach the workshops. Wendy has over 25 years of teaching puppetry workshops and residencies in schools and beyond.
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