As you take on puppetry, you will be learning many things over your life time and one thing that is not discussed the most is our arms.
The hand & rod type puppet is much like the colorful full-bodied puppets you see on famous TV children shows. These puppets are handled a certain way and our hope is to present to you another angle to consider as you learn how to work a hand & rod type puppet.
To start, understanding the "job" your finger tips have all the way down to your elbow should improve your hand & rod puppetry immediately after reading this article. That is the goal. But, perfecting your puppetry skill is up to you.
Not only learning about the "jobs" mentioned above will improve your puppetry, but adding a conditioning program to keep your whole arm in great shape is suggested. Though we do not discuss that here, we encourage it. Arm strength will step-up your puppetry game two-fold just like running helps build the lungs. But we digress.
Let's dig in!
Most puppets are small and light in weight and some can be very heavy and cumbersome to work. Ever try to twist off a lid to a jar of something and your hand cramps? Pretty frustrating, isn't it? Having strong hands will definitely help with solid mouth movement especially if you want to sing the LP version of your favorite song or recite a long poem. You will need to have strong hands; you do not want your hand to cramp during a presentation. Ever! Simple gentle finger exercises will definately help.
Learn about mouth movement in this article.
Tab on over to our Video section and enjoy a few of our skits and songs we have performed over the years.
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