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My last puppet of 2008  (Read 7402 times)
Chris Arveson
« on: December 22, 2008, 05:47:52 pm »

I've been working like mad for the past couple weeks, lurking here but not posting. I completed five rod-arm puppets, and one marionette, in addition to the busyness of the season. I had a request for a puppet show from a pastor friend, so I had to prepare for that. My youth group served as the puppeteers. The reception was very good at our first performance, and then we performed again the next morning at an assisted living home, and finally had a double header yesterday at the two churches where I am pastor.

At any rate, this morning I completed my final puppet for the Moscow trip. karabas_barabas Karabas is the villain of our little drama. He is the one that I wanted to have a permanent scowl on his face. I ran out of time to experiment, so I went to one of my tried-and-true patterns, and focused on the eyes to keep him grumpy. I found that by manipulating his eyelids a little I could give him a meaner look, and I gave him small beady pupils which seemed meaner than big ones.

My inspiration comes from this storybook picture. karabasbarabas

I finally completed the script this afternoon, tomorrow I begin recording the parts. If I can get that done in the morning, then assembling the completed soundtrack can be done on Christmas morning. (No kids, it is a very quiet morning in our home.) Then, start packing, I leave at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and peace and joy the whole year through!
Jon
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2008, 06:32:45 pm »

You nailed the character Chris.  Job well done.  You should be very proud.  I'm praying that your trip to moscow will go very well.  In February I'll be going to Guatamala with a large team (yes we'll be taking puppets).

Awesome puppet
miguel
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2008, 06:35:51 pm »

Nice puppet
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2008, 07:52:27 pm »

Great job Chris !....................... and God Bless both of you on your trips.

Billy D.
Sonny
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2008, 08:50:11 pm »

Yes he is a villan and a good one! Very nice rendition. I could just imagine his voice.

What do they call puppets in Russia? Puppetrov?
narrowduv
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2008, 08:56:56 pm »

Good work!  Keep it up.
Chris Arveson
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2008, 09:22:48 pm »

What do they call puppets in Russia? Puppetrov?

If you remember Kukla, Fran and Ollie, you have your answer. Kukla is the Russian word for doll and for puppet.
LJ
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2008, 08:12:28 am »

God's blessings to you as you leave.  AND we will pray for God's blessings to be imparted on the children in Russia that you minister to.  Please take pictures and share with us when you get back!! Thanks for sharing the progress of this wonderful project!
Sonny
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2008, 11:33:28 am »

If you remember Kukla, Fran and Ollie, you have your answer. Kukla is the Russian word for doll and for puppet.

My mother was good friends with Fran Allison. The show was sponsored by Oscar Meyer products and one time when I went to her house with my mother, she gave me a huge Weiner Mobile toy. I will never forget that.

Thank you for that answer. I guess I didnt speak Russian as a child...lol

Nostrovia!
Cosmonaut Sonny
Jon
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2008, 07:38:29 pm »

My mother was good friends with Fran Allison.

How cool is that!!!
Chris Arveson
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2008, 08:22:52 pm »

How cool is that!!!

That was my thought! How cool to be friends with Fran AND to get an Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile from her!
Sonny
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2008, 09:28:54 pm »

I must have been 5 or 6,  I knew her as the TV puppet lady. Funny thing was I had my eye on it the whole time I was in her house. I think She knew that Smiley

Sorry for the post sabotage.

Back to your puppet adventure.

Please keep a running journal with us from russia. It would be neat to read about your days with the children and what activities you experience.
Dont forget to tell them about us!

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