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Bringing Puppets to Life

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A new workshop offering introduction to one of the oldest theatrical forms - puppetry - is being taught by Peter Zapletal, graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.  Limited student enrollment promises undivided attention to each student while preparing a shadow show presenting the Famous Fabulous Aesop's Fables.

From designing and cutting out their own puppets, learning their lines and presenting a show will be time well spent.  In addition, campers will learn how to construct a simple mouth puppet, sock puppet and stick puppet.  Campers take their puppets home and use them to impress their classmates with what they learned during summer.

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In the Theatre section of camp, the campers will be guided through an actor's process step by step from script analysis to being comfortable in performance.  Special emphasis will be placed on the parts of an actor's process that directly relates to puppetry: script analysis, movement and team building.  Each day will be divided into sections of theory and practicum, and every class will build upon and reinforce previous lessons.

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Grades 4 to 9; Monday-Friday, July 23 - 27, 9:00 a.m.- 4 p.m.; $295 (includes all supplies).

Faculty

Peter Zapletal is artistic director for Puppet Arts Theatre based in Jackson.  He will be assisted by Jarmila Zapletal, who is costume and set designer for Puppet Arts Theatre.  While working for former Mississippi ETV, they garnered over 50 different awards for their puppet work, including a half-a-dozen Emmy Awards.  Their group performances can be seen all over the state.  For over 25 years they performed every December and at the Puppetry Jam every spring.  Peter is on the Mississippi Arts Commission roster of Teaching Artists, and the company is on the Touring Artist Roster here in Mississippi and also Alabama.

Lawrence and Lesley Raybon have been working in theatre the past ten years.  They are experienced in both performing and technical theatre.  Both have been involved at New Stage Theatre, in Jackson, Mississippi, since 2004.  Both have been involved in many summer youth camps at New Stage Theatre and Lawrence has also done camps at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre in Trinidad, Colorado. 

Tentative Schedule

Monday
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Drop off
9:00 - 12:00 noon Introductions, Puppet making
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch : Bring bag lunch
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. "Informance" - hear stories from puppet and stage "life" from faculty
1:20 - 4:00 p.m. Theatre Acting Class
4:00 p.m. Pick up

Tuesday
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Drop off
9:00 - 12:00 noon Theatre Acting Class
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch : Bring bag lunch
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. "Informance" - hear stories from puppet and stage "life" from faculty
1:20 - 4:00 p.m. Puppet making and start puppet manipulation - presentation
4:00 p.m. Pick up

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Wednesday
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Drop off
9:00 - 12:00 noon Puppet making
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch : Bring bag lunch
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. "Informance" - hear stories from puppet and stage "life" from faculty
1:20 - 4:00 p.m. Theatre Acting Class
4:00 p.m. Pick up

Thursday
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Drop off
9:00 - 12:00 noon Theatre Acting Class
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch : Bring bag lunch
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. "Informance" - hear stories from puppet and stage "life" from faculty
1:20 - 4:00 p.m. Puppet making and puppet presentation
4:00 p.m. Pick up

Millsaps Summer Enrichment Camps for Kids - Stick Puppet

Friday
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Drop off
9:00 - 12:00 noon Puppet making and show rehearsal
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch : Bring bag lunch
12:45 - 3:00 p.m. Theatre Acting Class and dress rehearsal
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Showcase for families and friends
4:00 p.m. Pick up