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ART AND THEATRE WORKSHOP
WITH JACEK ZUZANSKI

UNITED PERSONALITIES: ACTING WITH TABLE TOP PUPPETS

SUMMER CLASSES AT FALMOUTH ACADEMY

DISCOVERING SECRETS OF LIFE

THE SERIOUSLY FUN THEATRE AND PUPPETRY WORKSHOP

 

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Dream Tale Puppets
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THE SERIOUSLY FUN THEATRE AND PUPPETRY PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
Josep's Boat  

This workshop invites children to participate in a production of the play “The Joseph’s Boat,” an original adaptation of a Cape Cod folktale from Elizabeth Reynard’s book, “The Narrow Land: Folk Chronicles of Old Cape Cod.” The protagonist is Joseph Metcalf, the second minister of Falmouth, Massachusetts.   Much of the detail in this funny and touching tale can be traced to historic facts from the lives of some of Falmouth’s first settlers.

The script calls for 4 live actors and 8 puppeteers, aged 8 to adult, and it can be adapted for different configurations. For this project, Mr. Zuzanski designed and built eight rod type puppets, called kukielki in a popular tradition of Polish folk theatre. The workshop requires 10 to16 rehearsals of 2-3 hours in length. The rehearsal schedule can be stretched over a number of weeks in conjunction with a class or afterschool program, or done as an intensive two-week workshop. To reduce the cost, we recommend having one or two Dream Tale Puppets’ directors work with a local teacher-director who can keep the project moving between rehearsals. The show has been successfully produced at four Cape Cod libraries, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and at the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth.

Joseph's Boat  
 
Workshops    
Jacek Zuzanski has expertise in various styles of puppetry, physical theatre, and theatre of masks. In his work with other artists, children, and adults he explores the areas between traditional, physical, and visual theatre, and puppetry. His workshops and residencies have included technique trainings in acting and acting with puppets and other performing objects, workshops in puppet design and construction, and children’s theatre productions. Productions are based on original adaptations of folk stories and fairy tales of diverse cultures, classics of children’s literature, and writings of contemporary authors. Residencies can be designed together with the host. Below are examples of available workshops with defined content. Wolfes

DISCOVERING SECRETS OF LIFE: PUPPETRY AND PERFORMANCE SKILLS CAMP

The project conducted in the summer 2013.

Date: 8/26 through 8/30, 8:30am to 4:00pm
Age: 7-12
Location: Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline, MA

Two girls operating table top puppets

About the Camp: Puppeteers can bring entire worlds to life using nothing but imagination, movement, and simple materials. Want to know their secrets? Now is your chance! In this one-week summer camp, students will work together as an ensemble to tackle creative challenges set in an imagined universe, leading to the creation of highly original puppetry scenes. Under the guidance of a master puppeteer, students will learn the techniques necessary to manipulate different styles of puppets ranging from found objects to hand, rod, and table top-style puppets. Communication, non-verbal expression, and teamwork skills will be acquired along the way. The week will conclude with a group sharing and performance. In addition to puppetry activities, campers also will enjoy fun recreational outings led by counselors from the Brookline Recreation Department.

Two girls operating table top puppets

SAMPLES OF COMPLETED WORKSHOPS

FEBRUARY SCHOOL VACATION IN FALMOUTH
ART AND THEATRE WORKSHOP

WITH JACEK ZUZANSKI

Join the creative fun and a theatrical adventure. Learn how to express yourself on stage using your voice and body. Play acting games, explore ways actors use imagination and give life to characters, and find out how to be part of the theatrical ensemble and to enjoy supporting each other. Participants will create sets and build table top style puppets using driftwood, old buoys, shells, pieces of nets, and such stuff found on the Cape Cod beaches.  We will be working on an adaptation of the fairy tale “Fisherman and His Wife” about the fisherman who caught a golden talking fish, which has a talent of granting wishes. In our original adaptation, the Fisherman’s family will be joined by a bunch of other quirky characters: neighbors and members of the royal court. We will draw, sculpt and paint. We will use duck tape, glue, staplers and other handy tools. We will develop scenes for the play and produce a final marvelous performance for the families and friends. Children will take home their creations, together with a tremendous sense of achievement, many new skills, and the joy of making new friends.
No experience necessary and materials will be made available.

Dates:  Monday-Friday, February 20-24, 2017 
Time:  9 am to 2 pm (Children should plan to bring lunch)
Class and Performance Location: 
The Fellowship Hall at John Wesley United Methodist Church
270 Gifford Street
Falmouth, MA
Performance: Friday, February 20th at 1:00 pm

 

UNITED PERSONALITIES: ACTING WITH TABLE TOP PUPPETS

Time: 4 sessions, April 29 - May 20, 2014, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station Street, Brookline MA 02445
Ages:
adults and teenages

Table top puppetry is a unique performance style that enables a human performer to bring a puppet character to life in full view of the audience. This powerful art form requires both physical precision and an extensive vocabulary of expressive movements that trigger the imagination.

In this hands-on, exploratory workshop, participants will build their awareness of the actor/puppet relationship through a series of fun and challenging exercises with professional table top puppets. The class will explore the paradox of mutual control, whereby the puppet controls the puppeteer as much as the reverse. The class will practice core manipulation skills and explore performance techniques that unify actor and puppet, including breath, focus, footsteps, balance, and posture. The class will then apply these learned skills to devise their own unique solo and multi-character scenes.

This is an intermediate level workshop: some familiarity with puppetry, acting, or dance/movement is recommended. Although the class focuses on a very specific performance situation, the workshop is for anyone interested in broadening their puppetry performance skills in a supportive and detail-oriented environment.

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CLASSES BEING PART OF THE CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOPS AT FALMOUTH ACADEMY

Summer 2014

Age: 7 to 12
Location: Falmouth Academy, Falmouth, MA

Advanced Acting for Two Weeks: A Threatre Production
Date: Monday - Friday, 6/30 through 7/11, 8:30 am to12:30 am.
In this two-week acting class, actors will be immersed into a theatrical and creative adventure leading to a spectacular final performance. An original play about a group of children and their fantastic journey will be written especially for this production. Students will develop acting skills through games, physical and vocal expression and articulation, and will learn cooperation and teamwork. They will audition for parts and move through memorization, staging, and explore character development. They will invent and create sets, props, and costumes. Families and friends will be invited to see a grand production!

Fairies and Trolls: Adventure in the World of Puppet Theatre
Date: 7/28 - 8/1, 8:30am to12:30 am
Students will learn how to build a tabletop, toy-style puppet theatre, creating the stage, puppets, and movable scenery. They will devise a short puppetry show and perform it with the help of peers. Students will put their hands to work and expand creative talents using cardboard, paper, wood, sticks and twigs, yarn and fabric, foam and recycled materials, and more. They will work in small groups to create the story of pretty fairy or gloomy troll or other fantastic character from an enchanted forest, writing narration and dialogs. At the end of the week, they will put on a show for workshop friends and families.

Summer 2013.

Building Your Own Theatre
Date: 7/1 - 7/5, 9:00am to11:30 am
Learn how to build your own puppet theatre: create the stage and puppets with movable scenery. Devise and perform a short puppetry show. Put your hands to work and expand your creative talents using cardboard, paper, wood, yarn, fabric and recycled materials, paints and glue and other handy tools. Invent your own short story with characters and locations. Create a story line starring pretty princes or nasty goblins or … you name it. Write narration and dialogs and, at the end of the week, put on a show for all of our workshop friends and families. Take your own theatre home and produce your own shows!

Puppet Theatre and Playwriting Extended
Date: 7/8 - 7/12, 9:00am to 2:30 pm
In this new workshop, students will dive into the secrets of puppetry, playwriting, and the process of creating a puppet show. The fun will begin with acting games and exercises developing expressive skills and learning to create stage characters and work together as a team. Participants will study manipulation techniques and learn how to bring to life different styles of puppets. Jacek’s own hand-built puppets will be provided and each student will build their own puppet to take home. Using improvisations, games, and exercises they will explore playwriting, devise the story, narrations, dialogs, scenes, and create the play to be rehearsed, produced, and performed for the enjoyment of friends, families, workshop community and invited guests.
  Girl reading the script

Advanced Acting for Two Weeks: A Threatre Production
Date: Monday - Friday, 7/22 through 8/2, 9:00 am to12:30 am.
In this two-week acting class, actors immerse into a theatrical and creative adventure leading to a spectacular final performance.

Group of children actors

 

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