vendredi 21 février 2014

The Wonderful World Of Handmade Full Body Puppets For Sale

By Eula Nichols

Puppet shows are sure to put a smile on anyone's face. If you have a script but need the characters, you can buy handmade full body puppets for sale. There are many characters and creatures ready made for purchase that fit a variety of scripts. Or be creative. Buy a few fun characters and develop your own script. Bargain sites offer a variety of interesting characters. Professionals may want to design and order custom built characters.

Therapists use puppets as play therapy. Talking through a character can bring shy children out of their shell. Kids often make up scripts showing traumas and concerns they're unable or afraid to talk about. Sensitive subjects can be discussed in the 3rd person. Very young children don't have the vocabulary to explain their worries, but they can show them through role playing with puppets.

Marionettes encourage creativity. Involve children in the characters. Make them part of the script. Ask kids to decide on the voice for a particular character. Make up stories, or let kids make up the story. Name characters for friends and family and incorporate current happenings in their life into a story. Let kids develop and control the sound effects.

Shows can discuss real life dilemmas and explore real life answers in an entertaining and non-threatening way. Fun marionettes can play word and number games in the style of the famous Sesame Street characters. Encouraging audience participation helps kids learn rhymes and songs. Kids will be enthralled when they see their favorite book or fairy tale dramatized by marionettes on a stage.

Professional puppeteers spend hours honing their skills. They practice and study diction, ventriloquism, body movements, and positioning of characters on the stage. Some custom made marionettes are animated with animatronics that can even be controlled remotely. But with a little practice and a few basic characters, even an amateur can have fun and put on a lively show that will delight the audience.

Puppets have been used around the world for thousands of years, sometimes as entertainment, sometimes in traditional rituals and ceremonies. The oldest known references to puppetry are 2000 years old from both India and Asia. Wire controlled marionettes have been unearthed in Egyptian tombs. African tribal groups used hand controlled figurines for magic, ritual, drama, and storytelling.

The poor in 5th century Greece couldn't afford theater with it's expensive actors. They could afford an entertaining show performed with marionettes, a traveling stage, 2 or 3 operators. The famous Punch and Judy began as a traveling carnival in 16th century England. In Germany, marionettes brought classical opera to the working class.

Marionettes are popular today with adult audiences. Comedians used them to explore and satirize current events, political debates, and cultural clashes. Puppetry also remains a popular form of education for children, on TV and on the stage. Kids learn the alphabet, counting, and reading. They learn memorization and vocabulary from nursery rhymes and songs. Kids just naturally use their imaginations when given the chance to produce and/or participate in a show.

Whether your script calls for people, animals, mythical creatures, or cartoon characters, there are handmade full body puppets for sale to meet your needs. If you don't find the character you're looking for, submit your design for a custom made full body marionette. Audiences will be fascinated watching marionettes bring stories to life, all kinds of stories with characters sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes cruel, sometimes kind, sometimes brave, sometimes cowardly.

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