Do you have a love for acting and performing but feel held back due to shyness or fear of being in front of an audience? Fear no more; become a puppet master.
The Bucket List movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, inspired many people to make a personal wish list. If acting is on your wish list but you hesitate because of shyness, stage fright, or working with others, puppetry is an excellent outlet.
Operating puppets is done behind, above, or below the stage. The puppets face the audience, not the puppeteer.
The characters may be people, animals, plants, and other inanimate objects. The job of a professional puppeteer is to bring these lifeless objects to life.
As a solo performing artist many talents and skills in a variety of arts and crafts are essential. You control everything in, on, and around the stage. You control all physical movements and character voices ofmuppets names and imagesto marionettes. Sound effects and music are prerecorded. There is responsibility for making puppets, props, stage settings, and the stage.
The audience becomes involved with the characters in the story as though they were human actors.
The puppeteer need not worry about meeting with the audience. After the characters end their performance with a curtain call, the audience leaves.
For example, I recall a comedy ventriloquist act performing for three weekends at a local nightclub. At the end of the performance, the puppet master would sit down with patrons and have a conversation involving "Henry" (his dummy). The audience enjoyed this segment of the entertainment and each weekend members of the audience looked forward to participating in Henry's visit.
The contract with this entertainer had been completed and the act moved on to other scheduled performances. For approximately two months audience members kept asking, "When will Henry return? We miss him." No one asked for the entertainer.