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Puppet Jukebox II: The Return of the Gaga

This past weekend, we did another three performances. Two nights, and one matinee. Around half of the cast are people that did the previous show in May and the other half are people that just finished their classes at Puppet School. I thought that was a good mix, and we have some very capable performers.

Here’s a video of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, as performed by the very talented Keith Ferguson.

Isn’t that fun?

Really, at this point, I was just there to have fun. Since I already did the show in May for four performances, this felt more like performances #5, #6, and #7 as opposed to a new show. And from experience, I knew that I could trust it to work out fine so I was very relaxed the entire time, possibly a little too relaxed. I knew exactly how much time we had for costume and puppet changes and so on, so I never felt rushed about anything. And really, I felt like I was just hanging out with friends. There just happened to be people watching.

And we had a very nice theater to perform in. The audio was set up so much better and there was an actual backstage. And we had really good people running tech. The lighting and sound was just run so smoothly. As someone that’s seen and done many student productions throughout college, I have lots of appreciations for this. The crowd was small (since we only did one week of marketing) but they were so enthusiastic that they sounded like a bigger crowd than they really were. Having a mix of old and new materials allowed us to do a lot more ambitious things, since we already had a foundation to build on.

One of the new number we added this time was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Because of that, we had to learn this:

It was a fun challenge, since I am not, and have never been much of a dancer. But the dance instructor in that video got a series of videos that really broke down every single section of the dance and I was able to learn it through lots of Youtube watching and practicing. It actually turned out to be quite fun. Some of the stuff I learned I was able to apply to another song I was performing. So, hm, I probably learned more about dancing than puppeteering having done this show. Hm, didn’t expect that. And I am starting to pay a lot more attention to how people dance now. I also lost weight. 😀

And I want to thank everyone for coming, whether you are here to support me or our mutual friends: Jay, Edmund, Angela, Clara, Alan, Terri, Heidi, Natalia, Kyle, Jenn.

And finally, this is a video of an exercise / practice from class (I think… I wasn’t in that class) of a song that ended up in the show. The version from the show was better, of course, since the video was from a few months earlier and things have since been polished more.

Enjoy! 😀


  1. Kat
    December 19th, 2011 | 2:05 am

    Awesome, as always. I love the videos :)

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  2. December 19th, 2011 | 2:54 am

    Me too. :-)

  3. December 19th, 2011 | 3:41 pm


    It sounds you had a great time and you lost weight in the process…what could be better? I loved the videos…all of them. I do wish, however, I could have seen you do the “Thriller” dance! That dance looks complicated to me!

    I’m always amazed at how I know the guy is making the puppet move, but my eyes focus on the puppet and he or she becomes alive. I forgot about the person moving her. It’s a bit like magic to me. Puppets make adults become kids again, don’t you think?

    Congratulations on the show:~)

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  4. December 19th, 2011 | 8:15 pm

    Yeah, Keith is really good. I am a big fan of his.

    That other video isn’t available yet. Maybe it will be, eventually.

  5. January 31st, 2012 | 5:32 am

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  6. June 21st, 2012 | 6:07 am

    Love the puppet video! Although I can never understand pop cover versions of this song… I mean, for a gorgeous pop star to sing it, just seems a bit… you know, ironic.

  7. June 30th, 2012 | 10:00 pm

    I know. It’s way more appropriate in this version…
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