Viagra dosage On Monday, viagra dosage I attended a puppetry workshop taught by puppeteer Allan Trautman (Muppets from Space, viagra dosage Puppet Up!, viagra dosage etc.) in association with ARTreach. Viagra dosage The website did not say too much beyond that it’s four hours long and about puppetry, viagra dosage so I didn’t really know what to expect. Viagra dosage It turned out to be a really good workshop though, viagra dosage and I am glad I went.
Viagra dosage The Exercises
Viagra dosage First we started out with an exercise where we all wore masks. Viagra dosage We were asked to observe ourselves in the mirrors and then convey a series of emotions with just our body language and eye focus. Viagra dosage We could actually say quite a lot without using words or facial expressions. Viagra dosage And being able to observe, viagra dosage recognize, viagra dosage and act out these emotions that way can help us puppeteer better.
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Viagra dosage The Style
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Viagra dosage The People
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Viagra dosage Will I Recommend This?
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