Developing Your Live Puppetry Skills: Partner

Get to know Your Partner

When you’re the puppeteer in a one-on-one performance, you are only half of the show. There’s another person, a teacher or children’s pastor, who your puppet is interacting with. You’re going to need to spend some time with that person. We don’t want the performance to be the first time you’ve ever worked together.

Make sure you have plenty of time to practice with the person you will be working with. The dialogue may be subject to some improv, but the goal is to get familiar with your partner. You want to learn how they will react in different situations. The last thing you want to do is cause that person to stumble or feel awkward in front of an audience. I know of some performers who would intentionally try to throw off their partner when performing one-on-one. I can’t think of anything more ridiculous. Having someone stumble during the performance is counter-productive to the message being clear to the audience. Remember, the two performers are on the same team. If one of you looks bad, you both look bad.

We’ve got one more post to go in this series. To finish up we’ll be talking about getting to know your equipment.

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