Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Meet the Team Moose Crossing: the Critter Crew pt. 1

Of course, the new Critters for Moose Crossing at Macy's Minneapolis store did not just arrive out of thin air. It took quite a number of creative and resourceful people to imagine them and then bring them to life. This critter crew, Team Moose Crossing, is comprised of puppeteer builders, all with decades of professional experience in puppetry, theater, video, and/or design and construction.

To begin the process of bringing these "Critters" to life
(ok, Santa and Star aren't really critters, but . . . ) took the skills of illustrator and puppeteer, Steve Mark, Village Idiot Puppets. Steve created conceptual drawings that provided a basis for the next step, technical drawings, and ultimately the Critters on stage at Macy's.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Meet the Critters!

Our merry band of puppeteers and puppet builders constructed new marionettes for the last scene, "The Critters' Christmas Song", for Macy's this year. Eventually, we will create new character puppets for the rest of the show for Macy's.

Future postings will feature the build process: design, construction, costuming, and so on.

In the meantime, join us at Macy's for the very entertaining show!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Woodland goes to Macy's

Join us as Macy's kicks off the second exciting season of their downtown Minneapolis store's Holiday Puppet Theater. "Moose Crossing" is a trio of song-filled tales featuring an all-star cast including the voices of Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Mario Cantone, and John Tartaglia.

And of course--the puppeteers! Bil DeLong, Chris Fehring, Kurt Hunter, Mike Krefting, Steve Mark, and Wayne Krefting, bringing the show to life with hand puppets, shadow puppets, and marionettes.

Macy's new Puppet Theater is adjacent to the 8th floor auditorium's "Day in the Life of an Elf" holiday display. Just follow the signs!

Performances and times: (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
November 19 through December 23
Saturday Nov. 19th 10:30 am, 11:30, 1:30 pm, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30
Sunday Nov. 20 1:30 p, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30
Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving all shows on Thurs-Sun are:
10:30 a, 11:30, 1:30 p, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30.

Woodland was hired this year to start building parts of the show for Macy's ownership. Check back to see photos from the build process, and maybe the show, too!