THE RUNAWAY ORCHESTRA


APRIL 5-7, Lawrence Arts center

When the opportunity calls to help create GIANT wearable puppet masks AND ALSO perform in the show they are intended for, I do not say no! For the next few weeks, I’m helping build puppet masks for a variety of original characters, under the design direction of Johanna Winters. Each week, my three other classmates and myself learn Johanna’s process of molding with chicken wire and masking tape (MASKING TAPE!). Having made exclusively with the papier-mache / cardboard processes I learned at Bread and Puppet, this is a new, lightweight process for working large. I’m having a lot of fun and look forward to working with the rest of the puppet team each Wednesday night!

As if building the masks wasn’t enough fun for me, Ric Averill has asked that I perform each mask role on stage this upcoming April, combining my experiences as a dancer & performer with my technical knowledge as a puppeteer. I really couldn’t be more excited about this performance! Tune in for progress shots as they come, and click here to learn more about this production.