When Puppets And Theatre Collide


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Jennifer Miller's 9th through 12th grade students at Magic Valley High School in Twin Falls found their theatre class suddenly invaded by puppets.

Jeanne Bunch of Honey Bunch Puppets says, "We're coming in with what we call puppet kits. We have the basic puppet sewn and ready for them to put together, so they can design it themselves and make it however they'd like."

These puppets will wear baby clothes in sizes from newborn to about three months. That way the students can dress their puppets any way they want to. So if they want to change their standard puppet to a different character, it's pretty easy to change their clothes and personality at the same time.

Theatre teacher Jennifer Miller says, "They're going to spend the day creating their puppet. They get to choose the gender, they've brought in baby clothes that will fit. Then they'll be working them into their final performance."

While high schoolers might be a little old to be playing with puppets, they presented three plays based on stories by Shel Silverstein.

Miller says, "It's an Introduction to Theatre class, so anyone can take it. The class has grown in the last couple of years. I started out with between 10 and 12 students. Now I get to teach it twice a year with 18 kids signed up every time, and hopefully I keep them all."

If you want to find out more about this kind of puppet, you can visit honeybunchpuppets.com .

Mar. 27, 2013.

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