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Back in 2015 I attended a Beyond the Sock Workshop which included a puppet construction segment and a puppetry for camera segment. Both segments were awesome, though I gained more useable skills from the construction portion. Quite honestly, I became very frustrated with the puppetry for camera instruction. Both instructors had Sesame Street experience in their extensive resumes and my frustration was definitely not their fault. I was so very bad at performing a puppet in front of the camera, and the workshop was so expensive, that I really felt bad for anyone that was paired with me to do a skit in front of the camera. I eventually bowed out of working in tandem so they would feel more like they were getting their money's worth working with someone not as incompetent. I left that portion of the workshop feeling very much like a complete idiot in puppetry manipulation. Because so many of the skills for camera puppetry are also useful in stage puppetry, it took me a long time to regain my confidence in puppet manipulation. This video may seem very mundane and boring to you because it is so basic. But those basic skills, puppet centered in the camera, eye focus, left and right reversal, are the very things that frustrated me. I left that week long workshop with some very valuable puppet construction techniques and the knowledge that I would probably never run away from home to be a puppeteer on Sesame Street. Fellow puppeteers who aspire to join Sesame Street... watch this video, attend a Beyond the Sock Workshop, buy a camera/monitor... and practice, practice, practice.

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GPS - Grow Proclaim Serve Puppetry Conference 2017

Video Album 1

Video Album - Plate Spinning

Video Album 2

GPS - Grow Proclaim Serve Puppetry Conference 2016

Try Everything by Shakira - Performed by Offer Them Christ Puppet Team, Pratt, KS

It's A Jungle Out There by Creative Ministry Solutions - Performed by Offer Them Christ Puppet Team, Pratt, KS

GPS - Grow Proclaim Serve Puppetry Conference 2015

Born in a Barn - Performed by God's Grand Hands Puppet Team, Sterling, OK

He's My Rock - Performed by Offer Them Christ Puppet Team, Pratt, KS

Cowboy for the Lord - Performed by Crossroads Blacklighters Gane Puppet Team, Kinsley, KS

Miss Fussy - Featured Speaker Ginger Ingram Brown of Little Folks Gospel Productions, Inc.

 

GPS - Grow Proclaim Serve Puppetry Conference 2014

Valentines Song - Performed by Offer Them Christ Puppet Team, Pratt, Ks

Thanksgiving Polka - Performed by Offer Them Christ Puppet Team, Pratt, Ks

Frog Christmas Carol Jokes - Performed by Natalie Roe, Hutchinson, Ks

Snowball Duty - Performed by Sonshine Puppet Outreach Team, Medicine Lodge, Ks

Christmas Dance - Performed by workshop attendees at GPS 2014

God is Bigger - Performed by Blacklighters Puppet Gang, Kinsley, Ks

Lion Sleeps Tonight - Performed by No Strings Attached, Kiowa, Ks

 

GPS Puppet Day 2013

GPS Photo Video

This Little Light of Mine - Performed by His Hands Puppet Team

This Little Light of Mine - Performed by Offer Them Christ Puppet Team, Pratt, Ks

This Little Light of Mine - Performed by Mission Visioned Puppet Team, Wellington, KS

 

SonShine Puppet Outreach Puppet Team from Medicine Lodge, Ks traveled to two children's hospitals in Dallas, TX spring break 2013 to share their production of "It's a Jungle Out There". Check out two of their videos.

Ticklish Reuben

We Are All Earthlings

 

First Christian Church in Medicine Lodge, Ks always enjoys the special frog puppets when they perform for church. Check out why!!

Mother's Day

Father's Day

Just a Little Talk With Jesus

 

And Finally a Performance by my 4 year old Grandson for Halloween 2014.

Rattle Dem Bones