With the thought of winter coming and the possibility that COVID-19 might stick around keeping people working from home, made me wonder what families would do to stay sane. Up through October, at least we could spend plenty of time outdoors, but what happens when the temperature turns frigid and the snow falls fast? That’s when I contacted Emily Wicks, manager of operations and collections at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. After speaking with her and museum director Dr. John Bell, I realized that puppet theater can help us get through the fall and winter.
The Ballard Institute offers online workshops that will describe and/or demonstrate how to make all types of puppets. The Toy Theatre will demonstrate how to build a stage out of a box. Put them together and you’ve got a theater ready for performance. There’s enough information available to keep puppeteers of all ages busy, as well as more creative than ever.