Discover Shadow Puppetry!
These photos were taken at Marshall Public Library, Missouri. The
children are exploring movement with their new puppets. The
parents had fun shining flashlights onto the shadow screen to create
different colors and effects.
Other workshop tips included how to make your own shadow puppet stage from a cardboard box.
This is what the shadow puppets look like from the front of the screen.
The audience doesn't see the actual puppets. They just see
the shadow. This is what makes this style of puppetry so magical
Here's an excerpt from an article in the Marshall Democrat Newspaper:
"The Marshall Public Library Summer Reading
Program got off to a start Saturday, June 2, with a little homemade
show biz. Peter Allen of
Parasol Puppets gave a presentation that was "a little show followed by
a big workshop." The show was a shadow-puppet portrayal of "The
Owl and the Pussycat," a poem by Edward Lear.
Following the brief show, Allen showed youngsters how to create their
own shadow puppets with inexpensive, easy-to-obtain materials: a little
cardboard, some paper, a drinking straw, tape, scissors and a simple
light source like a flashlight. Before long, kids and adults
alike were laughing with delight as their creations took shape and were
tested on the make-shift puppet stages. "It works!" shouted
Dustin Campbell as his construction-paper water snake slithered across
the screen. Finally, when all the kids had finished their puppets, the
lights were dimmed, and a big shower-curtain screen hosted the
These photos were taken at Rolling Hills
Consolidated Library, Savannah, Missouri.
Here the participants are receiving instructions
on how to make puppets.
Trying out the finished puppets and flashlights!
Cutting the shadow puppets out of heavy black
paper (with safety scissors) takes a lot of concentration.
Workshop length: 90 minutes (or more!)
Maximum Audience Size : 60 working participants (extra observers and helpers are welcome)
Children must be old enough to use scissors or have an adult with them.
Available Shows/Amazing Mysto / Circus / George and the Dragon/ Nursery Rhymes/ Pied Piper/ Singing Turtle
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