Basic Puppetry (Ages 5-8)
A 45-minute class that teaches quick and easy basics to help young performers bring hand puppets to life!
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This course is a young beginner’s guide to simple puppetry. Students will need a hand puppet (anything from a sock puppet and beyond is fine). The puppet should have a hand-operated mouth that can open and close. As the teacher, I will be personally involved throughout the class, demonstrating and teaching over the video with a series of my own puppets. There will be some group exercises, and students will then be encouraged to try the things they’re learning one at a time. I’ll give...
Students will learn how to match their voice to the mouth movements of their puppet; how to have their puppet display expressiveness; tricks on how to manipulate their voice to create distinct voices for their puppet; and how to give their puppet a unique character and personality. They’ll do some light improvisation, too, which will help promote creativity and quick thinking. At the end of class, they will be encouraged to practice at home by reading books aloud as their puppet.
I’ve been doing theatrical improvisation with puppets for fun for five years, and this year began a weekly family Puppet News channel on YouTube to help keep people entertained during the quarantine. I’ve also taught children’s theater classes, directed a few children’s theater productions, and taught voice lessons over the past ten years.
A hand puppet will be needed for each student. A sock puppet is fine, or even something as elaborate as a Melissa and Doug puppet with a maneuverable hand. The important thing is that the student’s hand should be able to make the mouth open and close.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This is my Puppet News page on YouTube, for reference on my personal style of puppeteering. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzadsodp_Kk90ZrF_J9SmzkEH5OfmmWeo
Cassie FifieldTheater performer and teacher
3 total reviews
1 completed class
Hi, I’m Miss Cassie! I’m a voice and theater teacher who has been teaching for about ten years now. I began performing around age 12, and quickly developed a passion for it. I studied musical theater in college, and have stayed active in the...