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Michael Earl Benefit

On November 2, we had another benefit show for our friend, puppetry teacher, and the original Mr. Snuffleupagus, Michael Earl, who had been diagnosed with colon cancer. The organizer, Kristy Pace, turned the ReDiscover Center into an intimate theater space. Puppeteers Karin Tucker, Janine Pibal, Kevin Noonchester, Sarah Ho, and I provided entertaining puppet acts. Musicians James McKenna and Juliana Joya shared their great music with us.

Sarah and I performed a sketch about how puppets can make every sad and horrific movie scene better. The three we picked on were the scenes in which Rose let go of Jack in Titanic, in which Rhett walked away from Scarlett in Gone with the Wind (the “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” scene), and in which the movie producer discovered a horse head in his bed in Godfather. Here’s a picture taken during the performance. This is most likely the Titanic scene.


The audience loved it. It’s been a little while since I last performed a piece I wrote in front of a live audience (been mostly doing projects other people wrote), so it was good to see that reception. I also enjoyed working with Sarah, whom I’ve been friends with but haven’t gotten the chance to perform with. It was also nice to have friends Randy and Alvin (both computer programmers turned actor, for some reason) in the audience, as I haven’t seen them for some time as well.


It was also nice to finally meet Karin. She also trained at Puppet School and we have many mutual friends, so I knew we would meet sooner than later. (This isn’t exactly the biggest circle, you know.) More collaborations to come.

This is a small, intimate performance, so I doubt that we actually raised a big amount of money with the event. But I think what’s more important is the positive energy we are sending over. We all wrote notes that were sent to Michael. And he knew that he is inspiring all these puppeteers to come together, share stories, and use what he taught.

This is all very positive stuff, good for the mind and soul. I procrastinated on writing about this, so he’s already gone through his first chemo therapy by now. I’ve been told that all the encouraging messages that everyone has been sending him really helped him to be in better spirit. I was glad to hear that.

(Photos by Kristy Pace)


  1. December 17th, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    I will think very positive thoughts about your friend and what you did for this show. Even if it didn’t raise a ton of money, it showed your love and caring.

    By the way, next time get someone to videotape it. I love it watching you talk puppet:~)
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  2. December 18th, 2012 | 12:56 am

    Thank you always for your support, Sara. :-)
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  3. December 23rd, 2012 | 6:02 am

    You guys are so incredibly cute and happy!! I wish the world had more of this. :-)
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  4. December 23rd, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    Thanks, Michelle. New blog?
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  5. January 2nd, 2013 | 12:59 am

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