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TV Puppetry Workshop: Weeks 5, 6

I didn’t write last week, so here it is, the last two classes. In these two classes, we did many more improv exercises with groups and partners. In addition to the two-puppet scenes, we also did three- and four-puppet scenes. With the increased number of characters, things can become a little chaotic at times, but it also introduced some interesting new dynamics. In the very last class, I think I did pretty well… probably the best of all six weeks. Maybe it was because it was the last class and I wanted it to end on a good note; maybe it was because I was sleep-deprived and that actually made me more focused. I don’t know, but I didn’t feel off like I did the week before. For the most part, I was able to see something very close to what I would like to see on the monitor, if not exactly what I pictured. I certainly brought my A game.

In a way, I kinda wished that what we did from our very first class was taped. It might be embarrassing for some to watch, but at the same time, you could see how much everyone has improved. I was really impressed with all my classmates. In the very beginning, we couldn’t even hold the puppet straight! Everyone has come a long way, I thought.

So, the class is over… well, yes and no. It’s the end of the beginner class, but I signed up for the intermediate class as well. The class starts this Saturday, so, for me, it’s four more weeks of fun. I know there are a few more classmates who are also signed up, so we’ll see each other again in the next few weeks.

Taking this class has an unintended effect: it’s making me do some more reading. The studio where the class takes place is only a few blocks away from where I play softball in the afternoon, so I just hang out in the nearby library and read for an hour in between. I read some Mark Twain stuff one week, and lately I’ve been re-reading The Crucible. Why? These are things I read in high school when I was still pretty new in the United States. I want to see how different the experience would be now that I have a much better understanding of the English language than I did back then. I just finished Act 2 of The Crucible. At the current pace, I would probably finish it in two weeks.

To bring it back to the topic, it’s been fun. Would I recommend this class to people interested in puppetry? Hell yeah! If it sucked, we wouldn’t be signing up for the next class, right?

Related Posts:
TV Puppetry Workshop: Week 1
TV Puppetry Workshop: Week 2
TV Puppetry Workshop: Week 3
TV Puppetry Workshop: Week 4


  1. October 15th, 2009 | 3:38 pm

    I’m so glad you signed up for intermediate! I was hoping that you would. And it’s awesome that your puppetry class has the added benefit of getting you to read more. That’s always a good thing!

    Melissa Donovan’s last blog post..The Characters in (Your) Fiction Writing

  2. October 16th, 2009 | 2:53 am

    And what a coincidence. I just realized that I am going to be finishing reading a play about the Salem witch hunt around the time when Halloween is coming up!

  3. October 18th, 2009 | 7:32 pm

    This is inspiring. I want to take a fun class in something!

  4. October 19th, 2009 | 2:35 am

    Would be a nice change of pace to step into a classroom as a student instead of a teacher! I believe you would have fun learning and creating. :-)

  5. November 5th, 2009 | 2:15 am

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  6. March 21st, 2011 | 2:21 am

    […] course was a fun introduction of different types of puppetry. I think I would still recommend the TV puppetry class more. However, I am totally biased. Since I already took the TV puppetry class first, naturally I […]

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