A Peek into HopStop Family Show's Upcoming Tanglewood Marionettes Performance
Jan 11, 2018 04:31PM ● Published by Linda Ditch
Q: How long does it take to learn to manipulate a marionette?
A: Learning how to manipulate a marionette is akin to learning how to play a musical instrument. Most folks can pick up the basics within a couple of weeks, but mastery of the art form takes many years of practice. We’ve been doing this for decades, and we still learn new things every day.
Q: What is the most difficult aspect?
A: Broadly—making wood and string behave like muscle and sinew. Specifically—making a human marionette walk convincingly!
Q: How does someone learn to do it?
A: Most puppeteers are either self-taught or learn by apprenticing with an established puppeteer or puppet company. There are also puppetry programs around the world where you can learn in a classroom or workshop setting. The University of Connecticut has both an undergraduate and a graduate degree program in Puppetry Arts, for example.
Q: What should the audience look forward to on Saturday?
A: A heartwarming tale of an intrepid grandmother who sets out to save the world!
For more details about this show and other upcoming HopStop productions, log on to https://hop.dartmouth.edu/online/hopstop