Each play-date begins with a brief puppet show using my own, pre-made puppet theater and puppets. On the first day, I will learn the kids’ names and interests using the puppets.
Once the initial puppet show is over, I’ll walk the kids through making their own puppets and puppet theaters. Each day will use a set of “stock” characters for the puppet cast, so the kids have some creative freedom on how their puppets look.
Casts will include: “High Seas Adventure” (Pirate Captain, Pirate Mate, Mermaid King/Queen, Mermaid Singer), “Big Top Circus” (The Clown, The Ringmaster, The Strongman/Strongwoman, and The Acrobat+The Horse), and “Fairy Tale” (The King/Queen, The Princess/Prince, The Knight, and The Dragon).
By the end of the sessions, each child will have made a variety, which they will be able to use to put on shows for their friends and families.
Why You'll Love This Play-Date
Homemade Puppet Theater
Creativity, imagination and your own puppets
Meet the Artist
My name is Peter J. Yackovetsky. I am an actor, singer, illustrator, and, of course, puppet creator. I first discovered my passion for acting at the age of 10, when I played Captain Hook in a children's theater production of Peter Pan. I've been fascinated with puppets for as long as I can remember, from Punch and Judy to Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, I always loved the puppets, and wanted to work with my own. The first puppet show I ever put on was for my parents, when I was still in elementary school, with drawings of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck on popsicle sticks.
I graduated from DeSales University with a Bachelor's Degree in Acting and Directing. While in University, I studied under Wayne Turney, who among his many accomplishments, was a host on the TV show "Hickory Hideout", which featured, what else, puppets. As our senior thesis project, my graduating class staged a production of a children's play titled "The Princess King", during which I worked on costumes, sets, and props, as well as playing the role of "Prince Air Guitar."
My other big experience working with kids is from the summer of 2016, during which I was a councilor/lifeguard at St. Andrew's Summer Camp in Cleveland, New York. During my time at the camp, I ran the "skit elective", where I wrote and directed a children's skit adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" starring the campers.
I'm excited about Tiny Broadway because I've always felt that the performing arts are an important part of our culture, and a child's development. I was very lucky to be exposed to a variety of the performing arts from a young age, and I want every child to have that opportunity. With Tiny Broadway's concept of video-playdates, I think many kids will get to have important experiences they otherwise might have missed out on.
The Arts had a profound impact on me as a child, and I wouldn't be the person I am, or have the hobbies and passions I do, without them. I hope to share my passion for the arts, puppetry in particular, with kids, and leave them with the ability to create their own art.Leave A Message
What You'll Need
- Computer, tablet or smartphone with a stable internet connection. Video and sound on.
- WEEK 1 – HAND PUPPETS:
- Creates the “High Seas Adventure” Puppet Cast Materials:
- 4 Styrofoam Craft Balls (6’’) - these should be cut cleanly at two-thirds their diameter an adult before-hand, making 4 flat-bottomed “heads” (picture will be provided)
- Sturdy Cardstock (4 sheets), 4 socks
- Scissors, Tacky-Glue, Black Marker, Newspaper (or other paper, to ensure clean painting area)
- Acrylic paint (black, and at least 4 fun, bright colors), 4 wooden popsicle sticks (tongue depressors)
- A couch, or large chair to hide behind
- WEEK 2 SHADOW PUPPET THEATER:
- Creates the “Big Top Circus” Puppet Cast, and shadow puppet theater Materials:
- Sturdy, Black Cardstock (5 sheets), 5 small wooden dowels (chopsticks), Scotch tape, Scissors,
- Pencil, White Parchment Paper (cookie sheet paper), Shoebox or similar sized cardboard box,
- Bright flashlight, or directional lamp
- WEEK 3 – PAPER PUPPET THEATER
- Paper Puppet Theater: Creates the “Fairy Tale” Puppet Cast and Paper Puppet Theater Materials: St
- Sturdy Carstock (6 sheets), 4 small wooden dowels (chopsticks), Scissors, Pencil, Markers,
- Crayons or other coloring tools, Scotch tape, Shoebox or similar sized cardboard box, Tacky-Glue
- WEEK 4 - PUPPET SHOW
- CREATIVE THEATER
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