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How to Put on a Puppet Show

Whether you use shadow puppets or marionettes, put on a fanciful puppet show with these tips.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Decide on script Decide on the puppet show script you wish to use. Write your own dialogue for a creative, personalized touch, or use an already-written script.
  • TIP: Puppet show scripts are available online.
  • Step 2: Create puppets Choose the type of puppets you want to use. Simple sock puppets are easy to make, and hand puppets are available at stores and online.
  • Step 3: Build a stage Build your puppet theater. Consider cutting, painting, and decorating a large cardboard box, or building a stage and set out of wood.
  • TIP: Make sure the stage and props are built to scale, based on the size of your puppets.
  • Step 4: Rehearse Gather your performers and run through the puppet show. Rehearse using your character’s voice and movements.
  • Step 5: Entertain your audience Set up a curtain behind the stage, so you can hide it during the performance, and your audience can stay focused on the puppets. If performers make a mistake, improvise. Take a bow at the end.
  • FACT: Did you know? Puppetry has been part of every civilization in history.

You Will Need

  • A script
  • Puppets
  • Material for a puppet stage
  • Puppeteers
  • A curtain
  • Audience
  • A computer with internet access (optional)

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