Hey Ho! Puppet and Masketeers!

There are a couple of great opportunities coming up to join Little Artshram and friends as we pick up our O’k and Pretty Good Players Traveling Theater to share the love of storytelling at the upcoming Earthwork Harvest Gathering Sept 21-23, and off in the distance, next Summer up in the U.P.! Contact us to learn more and get involved!

Pictured here are our star puppeteers Emma and Addie from our show titled “Sun and Rock, honoring author Bryd Baylor.

Here’s a great little vision of this puppet show creation presented at the Traverse City Film Fest.

O’k and Pretty Good Players Traveling Theater heading out!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 
Want to build a sweet, little community parade to celebrate the natural world and our beautiful planet??? We have TONS of experience and stories to share, AND, experienced artists to connect you with!
 
Little Artshram offers programs that celebrate creativity and encourage fun, hands-on exploration through the fine-art of observation. We focus skill-building in three areas with a variety of programs: Community Art and Music, Permaculture for kids and adults, OUTLOUD! Girls Groups, Mentoring Youth through our Artist Apprentice Program.
The parade and festival community projects that Little Artshram creates involve LOTSA’ fun and amazing art-making in preparation for what has great potential to become a beloved, annual event! We are artists, musicians, educators and permaculturists that creatively respond with positivity to the problems, solutions, beauty and art of the natural world, for which we are a part of. We believe in celebrating and bridging art + community + the places that we love and share our home with!
 
We have an outline of “how-to” begin organizing for what we call a Storytelling Parade and Festival, along with basic directions on how to build larger than life-size puppets, masks and costumes. We work with classrooms, organizations and community members to develop a story or theme that can be made into a pageant, parade or performance. Our goal in creating this kind of social art is based on recognizing and developing a way to speak to our love of the places both common and wild that invigorate us as human beings to be the best possible caretakers.
 
We praise and encourage community building and are not afraid of using the word “volunteer”. Volunteering is a great way to be part of a festival or parade community and to meet like-spirited people. Volunteers make it possible for organizations and our friends and collaborators to offer community based art events like a festival or parade, while acquiring hands-on puppet & mask building skills. More than 43 individuals volunteered nearly 1350 hours to Little Artshram EACH YEAR of parade-building and community events held in Traverse City FOR MORE THAN 12 YEARS. Wowza!
 
Our artistic staff provides professional leadership(3 full-time artists) for contribution of a planning and design team with community members. These artists ask for and will be paid a living wage. Most of the materials, supplies and additional human-power can be found, donated and gathered from community recycled and natural resources. We invite and encourage community involvement from the very beginning, and this is the way we design and create our work. And, it works!
 
Here is a video and pictured above and below are a very few examples of our parade work with the Traverse City community, with thanks to videographer/photographer, Petra Daher!
We give recognition and much gratitude to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, who mentored us for many years!
For more information or to schedule a consultation or presentation contact:
penny.ok.art@gmail.com
 
Social Art: Community + Art + The Places we LoveLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

 

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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

Willy Wordworm arrives in Traverse City!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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!

2015 Summer Puppet Camp–lotsa’ fun with a musical performance at the TCFF KidsfestLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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