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My Muppet puppet show in church

Discussion in 'Friends and Family' started by Zack the Dog, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Hey guys! How are ya? Loving the snow huh? :smirk: ;)

    Well I never got around to posting about this before but for about the past month and a half i've been working on a Muppet Puppet show for a Christian church which I performed at today Sunday Dec 14th. Let me give some back ground first, this is something i wanted to post a while ago.

    Well back in early November right after I got my drivers license i was invited to go to a church retreat called Footsteps for teens, Now i'm 20 years old so i was the oldest canident there besides for the other college students that were actually running the program with adults too. My friend Kitty for the pizza place I work at invited me saying that i'd have a lot of fun, i'd never even done a retreat before so my parents thought it would be a nice idea to, It was at a Christian church but it was nondoman....I don't know how to spell it yet alone say it, but (I'm Roman Catholic BTW) the retreat was on Dec 7th 8th and 9th Fri-Sun. I wasn't sure what i'd be doing but my friend told me a few of the activities that we would be doing, but to keep it secrete because "i'm not suppose to know about them yet" I weaseled a few things outta her;-)

    ok i'm getting to the point now...LOL so i deiced i'd bring my Muppet puppets (full body Kermit and then the Terry Angus frog Puppet I have named Sebastian. But i didn't tell anyone I did. well anyways i was having so much fun with the kids telling them about my muppet-fanness and that i did some puppetry. also in our small groups we had to make posters about reading we heard and then share them to all the other groups in which my group always had a muppet character or two on them, they loved my drawings...I could talk forever and go into more detail but i'm trying to get to the point...LOL~

    So on the second day of the retreat all the groups had to put together a short skit, and THIS is where my puppets came in! oh my group was soooo amazed and kept calling me there "secrete weapon" I used the puppets and we did a skit based on a story called "Warm and fuzzy" were you pass along these warm and fuzzy (muppephone-like) creatures to people representing Gods love but you have to share it and shouldn't keep it to yourself. There was a man there that saw our skit and he asked me to come to his own church and do a Puppet show. i said sure but that i'd never done puppet shows for a church before.

    Well anyways I worked with the youth group and performed a short skit right at the altar in front of everyone. they called up the children and i was also mic'd so the whole congregation could hear me. I actually did two shows today (one at 9:15 and the other at 11:00) same show. it was so great! I'll talk about it more in this post, my message is a little too long now, lol!! :zany:

    I'll break some more info up soon as well as post a script of what i did too! Take care and Happy Hoildays! :)
  2. froggiegirl18

    froggiegirl18 Well-Known Member

    that's great!!

    That is great that you got to share your joy and talent. I actually started puppetry at church and have been doing it for 6 years going on 7. It is great to be able to share something that you are a fan about..also it seems you did some advertising for the muppets..maybe others smaller fans and some older will catch on to the God given dream of the muppets once more.Anyways keep doing what you love and never give up when no one seems to believe in you and when others only see puppetry only for kids. This Sunday I was suppose to do a sign language song for my church but they only gave me two weeks to do it. With finals and being a music ed major(well changing that next fall to theater), I was super busy with 18.5 credits..which is insane. So I then suggested doing the same song but with my puppet. The person in charge said that it was not the worship they were looking for and that it would change the meaning of the song. This broke my heart because puppetry comes from my heart..it was like they were saying what you do does not add up when it comes to singing and dancing. It always seems that my ministry is put aside and hidden in the back with children. Even though I love making kids happy, I just wish that they would see that puppetry can minister to all ages..This past week has been my only challenge, but I am going to continue to do what I love no matter what others may think. I have already had so much opposition from doing puppetry that it is unreal. I started puppetry when I was 12(now 18 soon to be 19)
    and have been my own director ever since. God has been my only strength to keep on performing. So just stay available, keep practicing, and who knows where God will lead you with doing puppets.

    Sandee :)
  3. Don'tLiveonMoon

    Don'tLiveonMoon Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's really cool. :) We used to do puppets at our church, though mainly it would just be songs on tape with the puppets singing. I wrote a few skits for the puppets to do a while ago. That was pretty fun. :) Can't wait to read your script!
  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well i just need to say thank you. you have truly liffted my spirts to do my puppet shows at church. I am supost to do one every sunday mornig and somtimes i just get bummed out and dont really want to do it well whenever i get there it is just like i come alive and do my puppets with such energy and love. i am begining to love kids, and if you knew me for the past 18 years i really didnt like kids i could not stand them, but now they just can tell that there is some kind of magic or carring or love that is there not only with the puppets but with me as well. i deep down am so glad for my puppets that i just dont know what to say. but thanks agin for the encouragment you have already giving me thank you so much.
  5. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Great to hear Zack. BTW did you know Raccoons are out on DVD in Canada ? Wheeee !
  6. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    LOL! Yes Luke they are in region 1 too (in Cananda) so i might pick them up over Christmas Break. There are like two or three volumes with three eps on each. :)

    And thanks to all of you guys! It was great to volenteer doing this and yes in some ways i was advertings the Muppets (in which i'm a little worried about copyright rights) LOL! but it wasn't for money or anything and it was a small church so i don't think i did anything wrong.lol
  7. Phantom

    Phantom Well-Known Member

    Cool. I've found that the adults in our church enjoy our puppets as much, if not more than the children (I think this is due to growing up with Sesame Street and the Muppet Show). Our team is rehearsing for a 30 minute show for this coming Sunday (12/21). To say the least we are running around like headless chickens as we finish the final details.

    Keep up the good work.
  8. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Bah. Not fair...I mean yes! Great.

    Ok, I'll explain the Bah, not fair. Last year I got to do a largish Christian Puppet Panto/Nativity Play with dozens of Puppets and big productions numbers (Or something) but then we had to move churches and so this yearI havn't got a Puppet Group and can only do a tiny winny itsy bitsy Puppet Show on Sunday with the help of my older sister.

    Oh well. Great stuff Zack

  9. Phantom

    Phantom Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you may have an opportunity to start a new group. Or maybe you can find like minded persons from area churches and do a community puppet group.

    My group (Pogo-Puppeteers obeying God's orders) have been asked by a church in a neighboring town to do a one-day introductory seminar on starting a group, basic techniques and everything. I haven't set a date, but we are looking at the end of January.

    We've worked hard to show that puppets can be an effective ministry. I just hope we are bringing glory where it belongs and no to ourselves.
  10. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Hey, Zack!

    Sounds like a ton of fun!

    My full-body Kermit (the old 1970's puppet, and I made legs for it) sang Rainbow Connection for a lesson dealing with Noah's Ark. I tried to get them to let Count sing 'Count Your Many Blessings,' but vampires are 'evil.'
  11. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Actually, phantom, you may be right. Prehaps I was looking too much at 'me' and not enough at 'God.' I am sure he dosn't mind if the show is five minute or fifty minutes. Thanks for pointing that out.

  12. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Our church puppetry group used to go around to nursing homes, city festivals, schools, churches...it was great. I do like recognition for the work--credit for it anyways--but I always get SO embarassed when I'm complimented on my work, and all I can do is say "Thanks," although I appreciate it much more than just "thanks."

    However, I like for the attention to be placed on the puppets. Like, when I do things with Muley, I want the recognition to go to Muley--that makes him more 'real' then.

    When you're doing a church-y production, you want the emphasis to be on the MESSAGE and not the characters, sets, or the performers; so the performANCE must be A+, and the timing must be perfect so when that part of the message is there for the people to think about what was just done, it will hit them. That's when the work of the Lord comes into play, you just opened their minds and hearts for the Lord to move.

    Of course, I'm sleepily ranting and this probably makes no sense at all.
  13. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Yes after my show my name wasn't given but I got a big applase. My Grandmother said she was waiting for them to state my name and then my mother thought it was "terriable" that they didn't give out my name. I didn't even think of that! I don't know, I was having to much fun as well as being nervoius and praying that everything would go right with the show because this was the first time i ever did something like this for a church.

    After then talking to my Grandma she said but it was nice not to do it for the reconnistion but for the Lord and the people watching, and yeah that what made me feel really good about doing it and during this time of year that sometimes the importants of Christmas gets lost in Santa, and shopping and decorations nd stuff.

    Puls there were many people who knew i was doing it or saw me coming out behind the stage after the show,even if they didn't know my name i got lots of complaments! i might even get some type of certifice or paper from the church that I could keep in my porfoilo as well as maybe even work at this church again! :excited:
  14. Phantom

    Phantom Well-Known Member

    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

    You all are absolutely correct, do things with the right motives and it doesn't matter if you get credit or not.

    It never goes unnoticed.
  15. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    This reminds me of a story:
    The youth group was having their week and it was a Sunday Morning, and I had been pretty well known within the church because I had the most popular puppet in children's church, I was the door greeter (a self-placed position) and was there practically every day as even just a hobby! Well, Steve (the youth minister) asked me if I'd help take up the offering, and I said yes; so, me and 3 other guys are standing at the front of the church by the altar and are praying when Steve asks ME (good grief!) to pray over the offering we're about to receive! EEK! So, I did, barely making it through and nervous as all get-out! Finally, I sat down by this old woman I always sat by (she ultimately turned out to be a back-stabber and one of the reasons I left that church after 5 years) and I asked her, "Did it sound okay?" She said, "Don't worry, it was okay! You tried, and the Lord's a book-keeper!"
  16. Phantom

    Phantom Well-Known Member

    Good anecdote. I like it.

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