Thursday, January 30, 2020,
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.,
the Arizona Senior Academy Building
Puppetry is a very ancient form of theater arts. Just like live theater, it was performed using a script, scenery, costumes and on occasion, even makeup or masks. The first mention of puppetry in the Western World was recorded in Ancient Greece in the fifth century BCE, but archaeological evidence takes it back much further, possibly as far back as 3000 years BCE. Puppetry occurs in nearly all human societies and is used for entertainment, religion, celebration and healing.
Puppetry involves manipulating inanimate objects to tell a story. Puppets generally are made to look like a person or animal. The puppeteer uses her hands and voice to animate them. She may also use lights and sound. Puppets are made of various materials and range from the very simple, such as a sock puppet manipulated by a hand inside it, to the very complex, such as a marionette with its complex of strings and sticks, or the Asian shadow puppets, with their figures projected against a screen.
Jeanne Missy Osgood is an educator, fitness instructor, poetry enthusiast and storyteller with an M.A. in Higher Education from Bowling Green University. She has found puppetry to be an effective vehicle for sharing world culture via stories and poetry. With her puppet cohorts she has created one-woman shows based on her work and life experiences. The puppets do most of the talking, as they help her to connect with audiences of all ages. Among other venues, Jean has performed at the Tucson Festival of Books and Valley of the Moon.
To acquaint us with puppetry in all its splendor, Jeanne will use handouts, PowerPoint, clips of her work, and a short live performance. We will become acquainted with the many different kinds of puppets there are, how they are used to express the human condition, and their cultural significance.
Written by Roxy Mitchem-Horn, Academy Village Volunteer