April 2004

President’s Message,

Well, the March meeting was a huge success. Thanks to Talib and Olivia Huff of Tinker’s Coin Production and Michael and Valerie Nelson of Magical Moonshine Puppets. Their shows were first rate and took us from a simple and classy production using just mime and sound effects to the exotic and erotic world of miniature paper theater. Afterwards, the four of them held a lively, funny, and informative discussion of what a puppeteer can expect if they travel to a foreign country. Kudos to these master performers!
The National Day of Puppetry is our next big event. See the above schedule for times and performances. Please attend and support the guild with you time and by putting an example of your work on display for the public to see. Lots about to happen in the guild. The new web page is running, we have a new newsletter editor, the elections are coming up, and your board is currently working hard to make 2004-2005 an even more exciting year for our guild! See you on April 17th at the San Leandro Library.

Special Note,

If you are a member of the Puppeteers of America, please renew by the end of April, beginning of May. If you do so, you dues will be the former $40. If you renew beginning of June, the cost will increase to $50. Save now and renew!

May Meeting, April Newsletter

Saturday, May 22. 6:30 to 10:00 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Building C, Room 205. Please mark your calendar. The meeting will feature performances and everyday challenges a birthday party puppeteer might encounter.

Minutes From The March Meeting,

Submitted by Michael Burroughs

24 Guild members attended the March meeting in Sonoma. Special thanks to Lee Armstrong for hosting this successful meeting at Images in Motion’s Studio.

The Regional is coming up in Arizona, the last weekend of June. There will be no June meeting of the guild. Please look at www.azpuppetfest.com for schedules and applications for this great event. Rooms are limited at the Resort Hotel, so sign up now!
The Guild web site is now up and running thanks to Matt Baume. www.SFBAPG.org.

Patty Wick has volunteered to take over publication of our monthly newsletter. Michael Burroughs is working out the details with her and we hope to have the new issues out in the next months or so.
The SFBAPG is looking for a new President, Vice President, Secretary and so on for next year. If interested please contact Randal Metz at Puppetcom at hotmail dot com.

Any upcoming event notices please email to Mary Decker at marydeck at earthlink dot net for email publication. Calender listings please send to Mary and Matt Baume at Iknowwhatimdoing at hotmail dot com

Day Of Puppetry Complete Schedule Of Events,

Noon to 4:00 pm (ongoing): St. Felix’s Puppet Petting Zoo hosted by Ron and Barbara Johnson, Motion Maker Puppeteers. Drop in whenever you want! Puppet Exhibit featuring many forms of puppetry. Buy tickets to the Raffle to win cool puppet prizes.
Noon to 3:00 pm (ongoing): Television Puppetry Workshop by Lee Armstrong of Images in Motion. Learn how to work a puppet on camera. Puppets and cameras will be supplied. These 20-minute sessions begin on the hour at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. FREE
12:00 SHOW: Kids’ Theater and Puppetry, a performance led by Librarian Penny Peck. Members of the San Leandro Library’s Xtreme Reader Club – 4th and 5th graders – perform an interactive puppet show for children of all ages. The audience will participate in this energetic show. Tickets: FREE
12:00 & 2:00: Make It and Take It Workshop led by members of the S.F. Puppeteers Guild. School-age children learn how to make a simple mouse puppet. FREE
1:00 SHOW: Rapunzel performed by Tim Giugni of Il Teatro Calamari. Grimm’s fairy tale is brought to life through the use of “found object” puppetry and clowning. Tickets: FREE
2:00: Preschoolers Workshop led by Tia Smirnoff. Preschoolers learn how to make a butterfly puppet. Adult caregiver must accompany child. FREE
2:00: School-age Children’s Workshop led by Pam Brown. Children make a simple dragon puppet. FREE
2:00 to 4:00: Advanced Workshop for Children 8 years and up led by Michael Burroughs of The Fratello Marionettes. Learn to make a scarf marionette and perform with it. Must pre-register at the Children’s Desk in the Library. Limit 25 students. Materials fee: $6.00.
3:00: Workshop for Adult Leaders – teachers, librarians, day care providers, preschool teachers, rec leaders, scout leaders & camp counselors. Learn how to create an easy puppet show. Presented by the librarians. FREE
4:00 SHOW: Animal Tales of The Americas performed by Michael and Valerie Nelson of Magical Moonshine Puppets. Features large Bunraku-style puppets, live music, and lots of fun as the Nelsons share some of the adventures of Brer Rabbit and his friends. Not to be missed! Tickets: only $3 per person.
5:00 – 7:00: Dinner Break. There are lots of restaurants in the vicinity (walking distance).
7:00 SHOW: An Evening of Puppet Performances for Adults – Oddities by Tim Giugni and Upset Boulevard by Lewis Mahlmann’s Lilliputian Players. For ages 16 and up. Puppetry is not just for kids! Oddities uses various puppet styles and masks. Upset Boulevard is a take-off on the famous movie, Sunset Boulevard. Tickets: $5 per person.

We need SFBAPG Volunteers to help run this important public event. Please show up and volunteer at 11:30 in the morning.
Note: Please contact Kevin Menegus at pelpup1  msn . com if you have anything to exhibit. Give him the information ahead of time and he will make a nice placard for your puppet display. Email him with the details of the puppet’s name, and the year it was made. Thanks and please bring something to display.