Little Artshram inspires and educates people of all ages to live creatively in harmony with nature, through a unique combination of permaculture principles, visual, musical and puppet artistry, service to the natural world, and inclusive social activism. Little Artshram is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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    Willy Wordworm arrives in Traverse City!

     

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    Hello to the wonderful friends of Little Artshram
    and the O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players!

    Mr. Rokko Jans and myself are PLEASED to share details about our soon to be fantastic puppet and mask theater production and performance for the 2015 TCFF KidsFest!

    It’s our fifth year sharing a puppet performance and this year, we are featuring an original script about Susanna Shakespeare (daughter of William) and her garden, and a particular patch of milkweed—a homeplace and snacking spot for Willy Wordworm.

    Learn the how-to’s of the ancient art of puppetry and mask making, be a part of creating an original, story-telling play and script, compose original music and songs guided by talented artists and musicians….Registration open! M-F, 10 am -3 pm, July 20th through July 31st

    O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, have been sharing puppet and mask performances since 2010, and will be holding a fantastic and special 2-weeks of PUPPET CAMP to prepare for a performance in Traverse City, including building puppets, set design, story-boarding, puppet and mask performance/acting lessons….This is an amazing, local “organic” puppet theater, which includes a week of production and design, with our continued collaboration with professional artists and musicians.

    The 2015 PUPPET CAMP is brought to you by Little Artshram and O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, with composer and musician Rokko Jans, and Traverse City’s home-town puppeteer and mask-maker, Penny Krebiehl, and we are expecting a few very special guests artists and musicians!

    Contact us ASAP, via email and we will send you the PUPPET CAMP registration form and medical/insurance release forms we need you to fill out and bring with.
    We will also send you the script before camp begins for downloading and printing out at home.

    PUPPET CAMP will happen at the Desmond & Hearne residence/aka The Sunshine Farm at 501 Seventh St. in Traverse City, Monday thru Friday from 10 am-3 pm. With at least one or two visits to an outdoor “theater” space in the Munson Woods (near Spanglish). Each day the camp will begin at 501 Seventh St.

    Set design, puppet production and music rehearsals are: Monday, July 20th-through Thursday, July 30th, meeting each day from 10-3 pm (Skipping Weekends)

    Performance rehearsals for the Pretty Good Players crew, (which includes all Musicians and Singers, who are asked to join us Mon-Thurs. in the afternoon from 1-3 pm) are scheduled for Monday, July 27th through the 30th. Our puppet show dress-rehearsal will happen on Thursday, July 30th.

    Here’s the day to day of PUPPET CAMP for the two weeks:

    WEEK 1- July 20th-25th,
    Monday: read through script/storyboard, begin set design/puppet production, practice lines/songs/music
    Tuesday: tweak/finalize storyboard, continue set design/puppet production, practice lines/songs/music
    Wednesday: continue set design/puppet production, practice lines/songs/music
    Thursday: COMPLETE/Fine-tune and finish set design and puppets
    Friday: Rehearse puppets w. set, practice songs, read thru script

    WEEK 2- July 28th-31st
    Monday; read through script,
    Tuesday; read through, designate roles, meet puppets
    Wednesday; read through w/ puppets
    Thursday: puppet dress rehearsal
    Friday: Fantastic musical puppet show @ TCFF Kidsfest! Cast Party immediately afterwards!

    Our puppet performance is on Friday, July 31st @ 11:15 am, at the Kids Fest site at Central Grade School, on 7th Street in Traverse City.

    We are SUPER excited about this year’s gig, and already want to THANK our friends who continue to support us at TCFF, Spanglish! and many others….

    Fee: Sliding scale between $100-150 per week, with sibling discounts and for friends/families in need…..We would do this for FREE, but can’t do that this year….just trying to pay our puppeteer/musician house rentals and traveling fees and appreciate your consideration of our meeting our needs.

    See you soon, soon, soon!

    `penny Krebiehl and Rokko Jans
    Directress/Director of O’k Puppet Theater

    231-922-2014
    penny.ok.art@gmail.com

    2015 Summer Puppet Camp–lotsa’ fun with a musical performance at the TCFF Kidsfest

    ANNOUNCING a special invitation to join in on the puppet-growing fun in Traverse City, ’cause it’s time for our 2015 PUPPET CAMP!

    PUPPET CAMP is a two-week fantastic intensive, musical, theater and art experience which includes an opportunity for aspiring puppeteers and musicians to participate in a performance at the Traverse City Film Fest!

    Learn the how-to’s of the ancient art of puppetry and mask making, be a part of creating an original, story-telling play and script, compose original music and songs guided by talented artists and musicians….Registration open! M-F, 9 am -3 pm, July 20th through July 31st (Performance date and time tba during the TCFF Kidsfest)!

    O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, have been sharing puppet and mask performances since 2010, and will be holding a fantastic and special 2-weeks of PUPPET CAMP to prepare for a performance in Traverse City, including building puppets, set design, story-boarding, puppet and mask performance/acting lessons….This is an amazing, local “organic” puppet theater, which includes a week of production and design, with our continued collaboration with professional artists and musicians.

    The 2015 PUPPET CAMP is brought to you by Little Artshram and O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, with composer and musician Rokko Jans, and Traverse City’s home-town puppeteer and mask-maker, Penny Krebiehl, and we are expecting a few very special guests artists and musicians!

    Yippee! We can’t wait for the creative chaos and this 5th Annual Puppet Camp to begin…Join us!

    Registration is open now—Sibling discount and sliding scale registration fee for families in need. Please inquire!

    Info: 231-922-2014
    penny.ok.art@gmail.com

     

    Getting ready for puppeteering!

    A travelin’ troupe of BIG Eday Parade puppets: April 18th Sweet Earth Arts and Music Festival

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    THIS YEAR, Little Artshram is taking a year off from organizing and hosting the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, but the BIG puppets and many of our well loved Earth Day parading characters have formed their own “traveling troupe” in order to continue to make their mark in our annual welcoming of spring and celebration of our planet home.

    We encourage you to support a couple of wonderful events that some of our friends are hosting and that the BIG puppets will be representing Little Artshram and maintaining a strand of our beloved Eday Parade,  Here’s one of them:

    NMC Student Life Organization is sponsoring an event on Saturday, April 18th from 1-7 pm, at Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 East Front St, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

    The Sweet Earth Arts and Music Festival is a full afternoon and early evening of celebration–music, art and interactive workshops— and is a means of communicating how to get involved with a multitude of environmental issues, both locally and globally.

    The event features many regionally based musicians: Tatiana Crespo (Traverse City, MI), Aaron Otto (Harbor Springs, MI), Ruby John (Northport, MI), the Sturgeon Bay Singers (Harbor Springs, MI), Dede and the Dreamers (Ann Arbor, MI), The Way Down Wanderers(Chicago, IL), and Samantha Lynne Crawford wsg/ Medicinal Groove (Traverse City, MI).

    Workshops will include: The Wonder of Raptors (presented by Wings of Wonder), Nature Writing Workshop (presented by Stephanie Mills), and Connecting Community through Civil Engagement (presented by Gary Howe).

    In case not everyone is busy dancing or participating in one of our workshops, we will have hands-on activities for all ages including a science corner for kids, seed-ball making, a compost worm petting zoo, an arts and crafts table using recyclable materials, and more! Also new to this year, we will have our first ever Sweet Earth Artist Market featuring some of the many talented artisans in Northern MI.

    We love the tradition and shared vision of the beautiful community work so many TC and Grand Traverse region friends and businesses have contributed to our production work of the Eday Parade, and that the NMC Student Organization is embracing with this daylong festival: “Sweet Earth is a celebration filled with creative expression that plants the seed of environmental consciousness and provides the resources to help it grow.”

    ALSO it is a free festival begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. in NMC’s Health and Science Building.

    For more information, email the “bee” that Litttle Artshram directress, Penny Krebiehl

    is outfitting above:  Mara Penfila mpenfil@nmc.edu

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    High Bio-nutrient Crop Production workshop, Feb. 21-22

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    Food lovers, gardeners, farmers! Want to learn more about what it takes to grow a healthy, bio-nutrient rich carrot and other crops? Or ways to better monitor and learn new ways to feed the soil that feeds the plants that we feed on? Or just what the health and quality of the fresh foods we purchase actually is?

    JOIN US FOR A mighty, good winter-educational retreat:

    February 21, 22, 2015, a 2-day soils course which focuses on growing healthy plants and eating bionutrient foods grown in our gardens/farms.  This workshop is being offered just south of Traverse City, at Baker’s Green Acres farm in Marion, Michigan. Pre-registration required and overnight accommodations available.

    Register for the course here:  http://bionutrient.org/workshops

    To make reservations for overnight stay, contact Jill Baker via their webpage: www.bakersgreenacres.com

    This High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop will be led by founder Dan Kitteridge of the Bionutrient Food Association. It is designed so that participants can learn the basic principals and practices of this form of biological and energetic farming and gardening.

    Principals and practices to be covered:
    ~Identifying Deficiencies
    ~Principals of Biological
    ~Vital Health in the Field
    ~Managing Crops thru the Season

    An introduction to High Bionutrient Crop Production was presented in December in both Ypsilanti, and in Northern MI at Baker’s Green Acres farm, with Dan Kittridge of the Bionutrient Food Association.

    NOW, we offer the full-intensive/2-day course, Feb. 21-22nd, hosted again at the Baker’s farm in Marion, Michigan with Dan Kitteridge leading the course.

    This event is cooperatively sponsored/announced by: Little Artshram, O’k CSA, Baker’s Green Acres and the Anyone Can Farm program….as well as other friends, and organizations in Michigan including AMPY, and Awareness Farms.

    Please share widely, there is space for at least 20 participants and this is going to be a valuable means by which to set up food-growing networks statewide and to consider ways in which to push beyond sustainable practices to resiliency—-which is what our beloved planet home asks of us.
    General info/event shared on FB:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/646408345469498/

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