Archive for June, 2010

Olivet – Home of Puppets and Pong

June 25, 2010

Just a little over a week until the start of the 2010 International Festival of Christian Puppetry and Ventriloquism. The festival is July 5-10 and there is still time to register. As usual, the conference is being held at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.

Of course, the puppetry community knows Olivet as the home of I-Fest, but it’s famous for other reasons…beyond being a fine educational institute, mustn’t forget that. It’s also the home of the Chicago Bears training camp each summer, oh yes, and it’s famous for pong. Yes pong! A little over a year ago a video hit Youtube and became a worldwide hit! It features several college students tossing ping pong balls into a cup in creative ways. Turns out, the video was shot at Olivet! It’s often called “Beer Pong,” but since Olivet is a Christian college…let’s just call it “pong.”

Enjoy the video, then come to I-Fest and see where it was shot!


How to Stimulate the Creative Process

June 22, 2010

It’s only a minute and 46 seconds long…but this little video is quite insightful in providing a few simple techniques to help your creativity.

Your friend…the Eraser

June 21, 2010

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to draw.  That’s one of my drawings to the left.  I don’t know a lot about art, but I know enough to know that from a technical standpoint I’m really not very good.  I have trouble with things like foreshortening, and I never seem to be able to get hands to look right.  Still, I enjoy drawing, even when the end result doesn’t match what’s in my mind’s eye.

I used to always doodle with a pen.  I thought the ink looked better on the page, but it also meant that anything I drew was final.  I couldn’t go back and change what I didn’t like.  A few years ago I was reading a book on drawing when a simple statement set me straight…”Don’t be afraid to erase.”  Now I’m a pencil fan!  And the most important feature of a pencil for me is the quality of the eraser.

Part of being creative is allowing things to come out of your mind that you will most likely want to go back and erase later.  I know I’m not always good about that.  I put too much pressure on myself to come up with a great idea for a children’s church lesson or puppet performance that is brilliant right out of the shoot.  But that almost never happens.  I need to let all the ideas out… erase the bad ones… and improve on the good ones.  That’s what  a cartoonist does.  Have you ever looked at some of your DVD’s of Disney animated movies and seen the rough drawings of the animation?  Some of those sequences look like a big mess of scribbles in their rough form.  The artists keep all the lines that look like Mickey Mouse and erase all the ones that don’t.

So when you’re trying to be creative…don’t be afraid to erase!

Summerfests are on the Way!

June 21, 2010

We’re just two weeks away from the start of I-Fest (The International Festival of Christian Puppetry and Ventriloquism) and there’s still time for you to register!  But I-Fest is just the beginning of a great summer of events!  Our Puppet Ministry Summerfests start up in August!  These Saturday workshops are a great opportunity to learn awesome puppet ministry and children’s ministry techniques and share what your ministry with others.  Check out all the places we’ll be and register now…

Cleveland, OH – Aug 7, 2010

Nashville, TN – Aug 7, 2010

Allegan, MI – Aug 14, 2010

Springfield, MO – Aug 14, 2010

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Aug 21, 2010

Appleton, WI – Aug 21, 2010

Newark, NJ – Aug 28, 2010

Mobile, AL – Aug 28, 2010

San Antonio, TX – Aug 28, 2010

Winnipeg, MB Canada – Sept 11, 2010

You can click on one of the above links and register now!

One Busy Week of Training

June 17, 2010

The International Festival of Christian Puppetry and Ventriloquism is a busy week for us. This year’s event is July 5-10 in Bourbonnais, IL. We’re getting everything ready and there’s still time for you to register. It’s a busy week for us, but the week after is also busy, with One Way Street exhibiting at three different events…all the same week.

Come by and say “Hi” to us at these other events!

Fellowship of Christian Magicians
July 12-16
Marion, IN

The Fellowship of Christian Magicians holds it’s annual convention each summer and One Way Street loves being a part of it. Many different forms of creative arts ministry are highlighted in workshops and performances, but, as you can guess, there is a particular emphasis on Gospel Illusions. Some of this year’s featured guests include: Justin Flom, Randy & Ben Christensen, Jillybean, Jesse the Juggler, and many more

Vent Haven ConVENTion
July 14-17
Fort Mitchell, KY

The Vent Haven ConVENTion is not a Christian gathering, but it is the world’s largest and oldest convention for ventriloquists. Ventriloquists of all ages come to this annual gathering to share their talents with each other. It’s not unusual to encounter nationally known ventriloquists such as Jeff Dunham or Terry Fator at this event. But what do you need with them when you’ve got One Way Street’s own Liz VonSeggen? She’ll be there too!

Children’s Ministry Expo
July 15-16
Lexington, KY

This is the very first year for the Children’s Ministry Expo! The emphasis is on the giving people a chance to see a wide variety of children’s ministry tools. There are literally TONS of exhibitors who will be displaying all the best resources for children’s ministry…One Way Street will be one of them. There are also a variety of mini-workshops called “scoops.” Dale VonSeggen will be leading a few of these for One Way Street. Now here’s the best part…it’s only $25 to attend!

We hope to see you one of these events! And, of course, we want to see you at I-Fest or one of our Puppet Ministry Summerfests! Have a great summer everyone!

Prop Idea

June 14, 2010

I ran across this video over the weekend and I started thinking…somebody could turn this idea into a cool blacklight puppet prop.  It would be complicated to make but it has potential.

Summer Blacklight Sale!

June 10, 2010

One Way Street is having a big summer blacklight sale this weekend!  You can save on blacklight accessories like gloves & hoods, fluorescent paints, puppets like Stretch-a-bellies and Fluorescent Fish, even LED blacklights.  The sale ends Monday June 14, so act fast!

Check out all the great sale items here.

America’s Got…Blacklight!

June 9, 2010

Apparently the new season of “America’s Got Talent” has started and the clip that is all the rage involves some creative blacklight use.  We see many puppet teams use blacklight in similar ways at our Puppet Ministry Festivals

Blacklight is such an awesome tool for children’s ministry.  Click here to check out some blacklight resources, and enjoy the clip!

Free Song!

June 9, 2010

I-Fest is coming up (July 5-10 in Bourbonnais, IL), but there’s still time to register!  Tuesday June 15 is the next deadline to save money on your registration. 

Here’s a little treat while you wait for the big week!  We’re thrilled to have Alan Root as our praise and worship leader this year.  Alan has also written the theme song for this year, “Knit Together.”  You…yes you, can download that song for FREE by following this link.

Enjoy the song and we look forward to seeing you at I-Fest !

I-Fest Hands-On: Experimental Puppetry

June 8, 2010

We are convinced that puppetry is not just a tool that’s great for reaching kids!  Some styles of puppetry are geared for an older audience, that’s what the “Experimental Puppetry” class focuses on.  At this year’s I-Fest, Dave Privett will be leading this class that will put together a truly unique performance.

You can sign up to be a part of this class now! Contact One Way Street’s events department to find out more.

Experimental Puppetry
Dave Privett
Class Size Limit: 20
Cost: $18
Day: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time: M – 10:00 a.m., T-Th – 3:00 p.m., F – 11:15 a.m.
Performance: Friday at 1:45 p.m.
Age: 18 and above
Skill: Intermediate to Advanced
Supplies Needed: None

Experimental Puppetry is a hands-on workshop designed to guide you through the process of discovery and experimentation. This year the class will be directed by Dave Privett. Class members will begin by making masks and then move to the experimentation part of the session! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be stretched by Dave in this creative environment. Anyone is welcome to observe the session however, only the first 20 who sign up may participate. Participants will perform on Friday afternoon. There will be a Q and A or discussion session following their presentation.