Not the most topical announcement, but last night was the premiere screening of "A Show of Hands", a documentary film by Wright State student Sean Mangan about Terrence Burke and his amazing Cincinnati-based Wump Mucket Puppet troupe. The film chronicles Terrence turning his lifelong interest of puppetry into the passionate spectacle it is today following a stint of depression due to a serious life event in the early 2000s. The film was great and featured a Q&A with the puppeteer and director after. I, of course, had to ask Terrence about his favorite Jim Henson creation.
WMP does outstanding work locally with what seems like a never-ending schedule of library/school/charity shows, and has also toured around the country at various puppetry festivals and even a New England tour last year. Terrence (as well as his family ... his wife handcrafts all of the puppets herself) pours his heart and soul into this and I highly encourage everyone to get out to one of his puppet shows!
I whipped up this flyer for the show at the last minute as a gift.
Oh, and I met someone at the screening who happens to drive a real life "Cat Bus" (of My Neighbor Totoro fame). There is so much to say about this particular event that I must concede, instead, to just post the photo and remain speechless.