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Don’t Act Your Age

August 30, 2010

Check out this great blog post from kimandjason.com, which is a site where they seek to cure folks of “adultitis.” It’s about a rule that does not exist…”act your age.” I think breaking this “rule” is important, especially for folks who work with kids.

Act Your Age

Streetwise Ministries

July 20, 2010

Follow this link to a great video about our friends Pat and Terry Powell (also known as Baskin’ N Sonshine) of Streetwise Ministries. It’s a short video that gives you a quick version of their story of moving from high paying corporate jobs to full-time ministry.

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!

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
(HO-I04)
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.

I-Fest Hands-on: The Singing Drum Set

May 27, 2010

We’ve been talking about instruments for puppets here on the blog, so what better I-Fest hands-on class to highlight than Bram Jarvis’ Singing Drum Set.  Get your I-Fest registration in now so you can sign-up for this and other great hands-on courses!

The Singing Drum Set
Bram Jarvis
(HO-I47)
Class Size Limit: 15
Cost: $45
Day: Friday
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Age: 15 and above
Skill: Beginner to Intermediate
Supplies Needed: a good pair of scissors, a glue gun and glue sticks.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to add a clever and useful puppet to your instrument collection. Join this class and learn puppet building techniques that will help you in future projects and take home a fun addition to your puppet family.

Taking Your Puppets Outside – Part 2

May 22, 2010

Here are some more tips for teams that want to take their puppet ministry outside this summer!

Sound Advice

Sound is an important aspect of any puppet show.  If the audience is going to get the message, they need to be able to hear it clearly.  Puppet teams need a good dependable sound system when performing inside, but it’s even more important when performing outside.  When you perform outdoors, the sound has no walls to bounce off of, so it’s more challenging for your audience to hear.  You’ll probably have to crank that sound system up a bit more than you normally would.  Oh, and don’t forget to ask about where your power is going to be coming from…don’t wait until the last minute on that one.  You don’t want to show up in the park and then find out that you have no way to plug in your sound system.

Protect Your Gear

It is wonderful to be outdoors and experience God’s creation, but let’s face it, there’s a lot of nasty stuff out there.  Dust, dirt, bugs…none of these would be high on the list of things I want coming into contact with my puppets.  You may want to plan on a way of covering your puppets and props when they aren’t in use.  Usually we will keep our puppets on racks backstage, so they are ready to go quickly.  But for an outdoor show, you may want to keep your puppets in a covered tub until they are ready to make their entrance on stage.

Now That’s Some High-Quality H2O

Puppetry is a strenuous activity.  When you’re team goes outdoors, where there’s no AC, they’re going to get hot!  They’re going to get sweaty!  They’re going to get gross, or at least grosser than they already are.  We don’t want any puppets dropping out of a scene because the puppeteer passed out.  Have plenty of water on hand so the performers can stay hydrated.  However, make sure that the drinks stay away from your puppets and other materials.

Choose your Material Wisely

The material you perform in an outdoor venue needs to be able to grab your audience’s attention.  You are not in a controlled environment.  There are many chances for your audience to be distracted.  A dog starts barking, a low-flying airplane zooms overhead, the sun goes behind a cloud.  If the performance is holding the audience’s attention, these kinds of interruptions won’t matter so much.  It’s also worth noting that many outdoor performances may be in an event like a fair or community celebration.  People are walking around and may join your performance midway through.  Choosing to perform short pieces with an easy to understand message may be better than doing a performance with a long drawn-out storyline.  I’ve spoken to many teams who perform at fairs that love to use the Righteous Pop Music series of parody songs.  They say that people hear a song they recognize, but something sounds different, so they stop to watch the program.

There’s no way we can plan for every challenge that is presented by performing outside, but hopefully these tips will help you be a bit better prepared.  We hope that your ministry has a fantastic summer season!

Glow in the Dark Wall!

May 20, 2010

It’s always so much fun to see some new technique that a puppet team has come up with at a puppet festival! Now, with web sites like YouTube, teams can share their creativity in other way. Today I was on YouTube and the following video popped up. I quickly called a few other people over to see it because this is something I had never seen before. It’s a fun effect involving a glow in the dark wall. I’ve sent a message off to this group asking for more info about how they did this, so we’ll try to keep you posted. In the meantime, enjoy the clip!

Be a Puppet Guitar Hero!

May 14, 2010

We’ve had a bunch of guitars around the office here at One Way Street this week!

First, after weeks of waiting, we finally got a shipment of the Silver Rock Guitars we’ve sold for many years.  They went out to customers who have been anxiously waiting, and there are still a bunch of the shelf.  So order yours now while we still have some in stock!

Were were also excited to get in some NEW guitars that will be great for your puppet rock bands.  These guitars are made out of foam, so they are wonderfully light-weight.  They’ve got a lot of detail and come in a couple of different styles.

There are the regular foam guitars, as well as the wired foam guitars, which can play music when you plug them into an MP3 player.  So grab some of these guitars while they’re available and your puppet rock band can crank it up to 11!

I-Fest Hands-On: The Happy Hatters

April 6, 2010

Alright folks, here’s a big reason to keep watching this blog…we’re starting to finalize the hands-on classes for I-Fest 2010 and we’re going to start announcing them on this blog!  The hands-on classes are one of the things that makes I-Fest unique.  You will have the opportunity to sign up for these classes where you get to make a puppet or prop…plus you get to take home what you make!  There is usually an extra fee for these classes and class size is limited.  You’ll want to sign up early, but remember…you need to be registered for I-Fest before you can start registering for hands-on classes.

Here is our first hands-on class announcement…

The Happy Hatters – Bonnie Scott

Class Size Limit: 25

Class Description:

Hats identify the character. From playing dress-up as kids, we’ve learned the importance of hats to create the character of our imagination. What if the hat was the character? Choose a hat, any hat; add a blank puppet head with moving mouth (that you just made) shoved deep into the hat. Add some big eyeballs, creatively placed ont he from of the hat and a few more embellishments and you’ve created a “Happy Hatter.” In no time your “Happy Hatter” will be narrating stories, singing songs, and carrying the dialogue in a must-see skit. These easy to manipulate puppets will deliver the message. Price includes all needed to complete two “Happy Hatters” (one in class and one at home). Although everything is provided, you may want to bring the following in order to be sure you complete the project in the time allowed: a glue gun (low temp), sewing machine, and material scissors.

We’ll be announcing more hands-on classes here at One Way Street’s blog.  So get signed up for I-Fest to make sure you save your spot for the hands-on classes you want!