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I'm going to be a puppeteer in Little Shop Of Horrors!

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Zack the Dog, May 18, 2008.

  1. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Hi, Zack!

    I was wondering, where is this showing? I live somewhat near you (that is, assuming you haven't moved), and I'd love to see it!
  2. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Active Member

    Hey just sent you an e-mail!:D
  3. ShiveringCactus

    ShiveringCactus New Member

    Well, we finally got our puppets for the show (which starts Friday) and, unfortunately, they're just awful! Pod 1 is a rubbery mess of latex which barely opens. Pod 3 is just too heavy for me, I mean there's no way I'm going to be able to use it. Pod 4 is okay, except that parts of it keep dropping off. Not to mention that they're all a rather drab browny-green colour.

    So, i'm absolutely gutted. I won't be doing pod 3 now (and good luck to whoever does try to lift it!) although at the moment I will now be doing pod 4 instead. I'd worked so hard on my upper body strength too. :cry: It's a real shame though because apparently the people who had rented it previously had had to cut down the time the pod 3 was onstage, completely losing the magic of when the apparent 'prop' comes alive. (The puppeteer had actually passed out inside the thing, which has NO locking mechanism for the long wait and NO seatbelt)

    Anyway, thanks again to Jinx for your advice.

    Deb.
  4. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    Aw, what a shame! I'm so sorry to hear that the puppets are sub-par. It just goes to show (once again) how misunderstood puppetry is.

    I wish you luck with what you are able to use.
  5. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    ShiveringCactus, that really is awful. Nothing like unprofessional-looking professional puppets to put a damper on things. :attitude: Good luck with what you've got, though.

    Speaking of which, what company did you guys get your puppets from? And by extension, which companies built the puppets anybody else used in the past?
  6. ShiveringCactus

    ShiveringCactus New Member

    Thanks guys.

    Hmmm, I don't really feel I can say which company it was because we've used them in the past for sets and props and will be doing so in the future as well. Thats the problem though really, they've treated it as a prop - needs to be sturdy (inch thick wood for the frame!) Still, the pod 4 is lovely, nicely counterweighted so I have no trouble.

    As for the pod 3, it turned out no one else could use it either, so the clever backstage people have managed to rig it up in such a way that it's just about possible for me to do it (sadly it's got a flapping head now rather than the jaw dropping, but there was really no choice) so I will just have to do my best.

    Cheers,

    Deb.
  7. Blink

    Blink Member

    I understand your difficult situation.

    I do hope however, that you offer the company some helpful input and let them know about the difficulties that you had with the puppets. Perhaps some constructive suggestions could be put forth to them?

    Any company worth their weight, would want feedback (politely, as I am sure you would be) to make their products and services better for their customers.

    I would hate to hear about another person being let down because nothing was said to the company about this issue.

    Just my two cents.
  8. ShiveringCactus

    ShiveringCactus New Member

    Oh, absolutely, Blink. I totally agree, we will definitely need to let the company know about the problems we had. I would certainly hope that they would make some changes based on our feedback.
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    Zach,

    I'm still glad to see that you're in this play! Keep me updated, buddy.
  10. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Felt like reviving this thready to ask something...

    I'm watching an HS production of LSoH right now on YouTube and have a slight question about pod #4. I notice that it's usually stiff unless it needs to talk. Is it actually possible to move the pod so when it talks it can 'look' at Seymour or is it stuck in that stationary spot until the finale (I don't think you can but I might as well ask)?
  11. Teenager's

    Teenager's Member

    I could in the Pod 4 I used.....I looked all over that stage. It was only 30 pounds and wasn't connected to anything--so I could move wherever I wanted (& did)
  12. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    Mine were overbuilt at right under 100 pounds, and I was able to shift focus rather easily. The only thing that hindered any of my movements was the counter/cash register in one production that prevented my being able to "look" too far stage right.

    In my opinion, if the puppet can't look around it's not worth a thing. The ability to focus is critical to performing with other characters onstage.
  13. ShiveringCactus

    ShiveringCactus New Member

    The pod 4 I used couldn't move easily at all. It was stuck against the back wall too - I was standing behind it, so I was pretty much just stuck there flapping the top of the head. The counterweights made the lipsync easy but overall it was almost impossible to give it any real life.
  14. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Hey, Zack!

    I finally got directions to this place. About two hours away. Not sure what night I'm going, but I'll be there! I've always wanted to see this.

    How's the production going?

    By the way, is this a community theater thing? I checked out the website... that place seems really nice.
  15. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Active Member

    Hey scoot! Yes it is a community theater, I'll e-mail you a schedule of the shows, first one is Oct 24th. I can't wait!:)
  16. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    Cool! I like when MC members get a chance to meet!
  17. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Active Member

    Rehearsals are going well and they have been great! So much fun! We have less then three weeks till show time! The director let me barrow the Audrey 2 (pod 1) for the weekend and it's so cool! he built all the puppets himself and they are amazingly detailed! Hey Scoot, let me know if your still planing on coming! It would be cool!:)

    I have always wanted to be in this show and it's a dream come true for me, the cast is great and very talented. I am going to be so sad when it's done, but so happy that i did it! Little Shop of Horror's has always been my favorite musical and this is really my first stage debut. So it's very special to me! They are going to have to pry me out of the plant on the last show. Well I'm sure I'll be happy to out of the plant after being in there so long too, but still i love it!:)
  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    That sounds like great fun. It's always sad when a show is over like that--but, there's always the hope of the next show and building that performance resume! You'll be terrific, Z!
  19. KaityDid

    KaityDid New Member

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that musical! we did it for our homecoming show last year! i was on a running crew for it (props to be exact). break a leg! being in the huge Audrey II has got to be horrible. i remember our Audrey II last year was horribly hot and sweaty. poor guy. i felt bad for him. but break legs! :)
  20. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    It is in fact a hot and sweaty role, but enormously gratifying!

    The first time I did it I lost 15 pounds during the course of the run. Sadly, the second and third runs I did of it I didn't lose a single pound!

    Do have fun with it and keep us posted!


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