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Summer Acting and Puppetry Workshops

Jacek Zuzanski, Falmouth Art Center, Mansfield, Mattapoisett, Mid-Cape, Middleborough, and Carver Public Libraries invite children ages 9 and older to the Summer Acting and Puppetry Workshops. Six groups of participants from six towns will learn the ins and outs of puppet building and performance and will work collaboratively to develop and stage a puppet play. For each group, the workshop will take place across six hour-long sessions (virtual and in-person), and will culminate in a final filmed performance.

After receiving an activity kit with basic materials, a short description of the play, and an outline of the scene the group will be staging, participants will build a tabletop puppet character for the play adapted from a story about a fisherman and magic fish!

During the first sessions (via Zoom), participants will receive instructions on building their puppets. Additional instructions will be available on this blog so that participants will be able to continue building between scheduled meetings. During the third and fourth virtual sessions, the members of six ensembles will start learning how to give life to their characters; they will play and improvise the scenes from the play.

The penultimate sessions will be devoted to rehearsing the scenes, and to preparing for filming, which will take place during the final sessions! Footage from the six video recordings will be edited into a film, which will be made available to participants for online viewing!

These workshops are free. If you are from one of the listed above towns participating in this project and you would like to know about registration, please contact your library or Falmouth Art Center. Spaces are limited. Please sign up early.



Monday 7.5, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Monday 7.12, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Monday 7.19, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Monday 7.26, 9:30-10:30, LIVE
Monday 8.2, 9:30-10:30, LIVE
Monday 8.9, 9:30-10:30, LIVE


Monday 7.5, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Monday 7.12, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Monday 7.19, 11:00-12:00, ZOOM
Monday 7.26, 12:30-1:30, LIVE
Monday 8.2, 12:30-1:30, LIVE
Monday 8.9, 12:30-1:30, LIVE


Tuesday 7.6, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Tuesday 7.13, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Tuesday 7.20, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Tuesday 7.27, 10:00-11:00, LIVE
Tuesday 8.3, 9:30-10:30 ZOOM
Tuesday 8.10, 10:00-11:00, LIVE


Tuesday 7.6, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Tuesday 7.13, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Tuesday 7.20, 11:00-12:00, ZOOM
Tuesday 7.27, 1:00-2:00, LIVE
Tuesday 8.3, 11:00-12:00, ZOOM,
Tuesday 8.10, 1:00-2:00, LIVE


Wednesday 7.7, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Wednesday 7.14, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Wednesday 7.21, 11:00-12:00, ZOOM
Thursday 7.29, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Wednesday 8.4, 10:00-11:00, LIVE
Wednesday 8. 11, 10:00-11:00, LIVE


Wednesday 7.7, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Wednesday 7.14, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Wednesday 7.21, 9:30-10:30, ZOOM
Thursday 7.29, 11:00-12:00, ZOOM
Wednesday 8.4, 1:00-2:00, LIVE
Wednesday 8. 11, 1:00-2:00, LIVE

a piece of foam pre-shaped into the puppet head
acrylic paint for painting the head
a few toothpicks to reinforce the nose
a piece of wood for shoulders
a rope for arms
a piece of cardboard for hands
paper tape to reinforce the hands
fabric tubes for sleeves
cord for hair
pieces of fabric for costume
a few other items to add to costume


watercolor paints or artistic acrylic paints to paint face features (alternatively, color markers could be used)
a small bottle of white glue (Elmer’s Glue-All 4 fl, oz., available at the Stop and Shop)
a brown paper bag or similar paper for papier-mâché
duct tape (not necessary but could be useful)
a few pieces of fabric for costumes


foil, mat, piece of cardboard, or tablecloth to protect the table
a piece of cardboard (square foot or similar size) for working on papier-mâché
a flat stiff school or artistic brush about half an inch wide or similar (to paint over the head and hands and to do papier-mâché)
a pointed round thin brush or two to paint face features
a hot glue gun and glue sticks
recommended protective gloves when working with hot glue gun
two small plastic containers with covers (like a flat one from hummus or a small one from cream cheese) for glue and water


a needle and thread
a stapler and staples


This program is supported in part by grants from the Falmouth, Mansfield, Mattapoisett, Mid-Cape, Middleborough, and Carver Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.



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