Wednesday, July 28, 2010

O'Neill Summer Gala A SUCCESS!

Previously, we posted about the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's summer gala, and we are pleased to report that it was a great success.

"The O'Neill's Celebrating 20 Years of the National Puppetry Gala would
not have been the run-away success it was without the vital support of Jean
Marie Keevins and Puppet Heap. So many of Puppet Heap's artists and
craftsmen support the O'Neill's mission and activities, and I'm incredibly
grateful to have their expertise." - Preston Whiteway, O'Neill Theater Center Executive Director

(Pictured above from left to right: Heather Henson, Cheryl Henson, Bobbi Nidzgorski, Richard Termine, Melissa Whitmire, Heather Asch, Mystery Person, Kathy Mullen, Jane Henson, Kermit the Frog, Steve Whitmire, Pam Arciero, Dortita Leiberman, Jim Kroupa [Puppet Heap], Tyler Bunch, Jean Marie Keevins [Puppet Heap], Paul MacGinnis, James Godwin [Puppet Heap], Preston Whiteway, Tom Viertel)

Friday, July 23, 2010

July 24th: Celebration of American Puppetry Gala

It's time to celebrate the National Puppetry Conference's 20th anniversary, and The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center is using this year's gala to honor Jane Henson and the founders of the National Puppetry Conference. The evening, co-curated by Heap comrade Jean Marie Keevins, will feature a silent auction, a star-studded puppetry program, and much more.

For more information, or to register, click here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

From Puppets to Cake Creations

Terry Fator asked Freed's Bakery of Las Vegas to create birthday cake for his brother that featured himself, his brother, and five of his puppets -- including Heap-created Wrex the Crash Test Dummy & Winston the Impersonating Turtle!

Terry was proud that some of his favorite puppets were able to be showcased nationally on TLC's premier episode of Fabulous Cakes [on July 19th]. "Special kudos to Puppet Heap who were able to finish the creation of my newest addition, Wrex, the Crash Test Dummy in time for filming! Freeds Bakery in Las Vegas did a great job portraying my newest cast member, and Puppet Heap has done an amazing job creating and building my last three characters for me. Their entire team is truly gifted and help make the magic that my fans see night in and night out at The Mirage in Las Vegas.”

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ivan and Abdullah Return to Etsy!

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Ivan Petrofsky Skevar and Abdullah Boul Boul Ameer are back in our Etsy store for a limited time only! Bring the Crimean War into your home with these two legendary rivals of the Balkans - Ivan Petrofsky Skevar and Abdullah Boul Boul Ameer - as depicted in the Puppet Heap classic "Ye Ballade of Ivan Petrofsky Skevar!"

Each translucent jumping jack is approximately 7" tall, is made of laser-cut, screen-printed acrylic and hand assembled in our workshop in Hoboken.

Click your weapon of choice [images above] to purchase -- or visit our Etsy store here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Puppet Heap Releases EXIT ROW!

Starting today [July 12th, 2010], we are releasing EXIT ROW, a brand new web series chronicling the travels of Chuck & Ralph, two air-sickness bags who reside in adjacent seat pockets.

Ralph and Chuck are performed by renowned puppeteers James Godwin (Chapelle's Show, Henson's Stuffed and Unstrung) and Tim Lagasse (Chapelle's Show, Sesame Street).

New episodes will be released twice a week, so be sure to subscribe to our channel!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Heaper Christine Dempsey at The Sandglass Institute

Sandglass Theater and The University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program offer an annual three-week Puppet Arts Training Program for puppeteers, builders, writers, and all of those who want to further explore the puppet as a medium.

Puppet Heap intern Christine Dempsey has been participating in the program this year [from June 27th to July 17th] and we can't wait to see what she comes up with -- participants get open workshop time for building & an opportunity to develop their own pieces. Other sessions include body training & breath development for performers, discussion of puppet theory, improvisation workshops, and more.

Click here for more information about the Sandglass Institute.