Victoria Park Lantern Festival

St. John’s 2015 Creation Workshops

Artists, educators, filmmakers, performers, dancers, and storytellers are invited to take part in this unique training opportunity, which will examine puppet articulation, mask, story devising, and large-scale puppet designs aimed at creating the foundation for a new work of nighttime spectacle-theatre.

David Lane of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop will lead the laboratory assisted by Pia Banzhaf of the Odd Puppet Collective, and Kathleen Parewick, Lantern Festival Performer and Organizer.

Join us for one, two, or all three of the following workshops!

Puppet Prototyping & Design Workshop: Minis & Maquettes

Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 10 am – 5pm

Working on small-scale maquettes, participants will prototype designs that will be the models for larger puppets built on the following weekend. Paper, tape, glue and reed will transform into the models for flocks of birds, water creatures, and the famous Portuguese White Fleet of yore.

Performance Workshop

Monday June 1 to Friday, June 5,  6pm – 9 pm

Beginning with a reading of Mary Fearon and Andy Jones’ hilarious adaptation of “Jack and the World’s End Water,” participants will take part in preliminary workshopping and creation labs based on the material. Exercises in mask and puppetry techniques will complement work in narrative development and ensemble building.

Large Scale Puppet Construction Workshop

Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7, 10am to 5pm

Small maquettes will be converted into large-scale, articulate puppets. Squid, seabird, and sailing ships will be built from basic materials — reed, cloth and paper — then illuminated from within, in anticipation of the nighttime performance.

All workshop participants are invited to join the membership of the The Newfoundland Puppet Collective and join the ensemble when rehearsals start the week of July 20 leading up to the final performance.

Fee for individual workshop $150 ($100 if registered by May 10, 2015)

Fee for all three workshops $275  ($225 if registered by May 10, 2015)

Register by May 10, 2015 and save $50.

Space is limited!

We also have a sliding scale available for artists, students, and the underemployed. Please contact us below to discuss the options.

Questions? Email [email protected] or connect with The Newfoundland Puppet Collective on Facebook. Must be 16 or older to participate. Workshops will be held at the Victoria Park Pool House.

Offered by the Friends of Victoria Park and the 2015 St. John’s Lantern Festival.

Register by contacting Kathleen Parewick at [email protected].

Based on the classic tale of “Jack and the World’s End Water” the final work will premiere July 25 at the Annual Lantern Festival in Victoria Park as part of the 15th Anniversary Festivities.  The final show will be in collaboration with Newfoundland’s own, The Scruncheons and storytellers, Mary Fearon and Andy Jones.