puppetry programs

Young Audiences of Houston offers diverse arts-in-education performance programming for PK-12 students in an assembly setting. These innovative and culturally diverse programs introduce students to the arts through a balance of demonstration and student interaction through the highest quality artistry. Each performance program is aligned with the Texas state curricula and offers curriculum ties, classroom activities and discussion ideas, extension activities, program goals, objectives, vocabulary words, and teacher resources. All performances are 45 minutes.

Below you'll find information about:

  • Performances: For a student assembly, performances introduce students to an art form or culture through a balance of demonstration and student interaction.

  • Workshops: Hands-on workshops bring together individual artists to encourage students to actively discover their own artistic potential. Ideal for after school, library, or community center programs. Most workshops are product based.

  • Residencies: Offer experiences implemented by a specialized teaching artist. Residencies are multiple, participatory workshops and require a minimum of 3 sequential sessions per student group, and can be expanded into semester-long projects. Residencies take place in partnership with the classroom teacher and either focus on arts-integration or the artistic process.

 

For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.​

 

 

Aladdin, Rumpelstiltskin or Sleeping Beauty

PERFORMANCE

Jean Kuecher

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Choose your favorite classic fairy tale to dazzle all ages, in a performance with marionettes in sparkling costumes on an elaborate stage with lighting, scenery, and curtains. Following the performance, master puppeteer Jean Kuecher reveals the special effects and backstage secrets. In every story, students identify with the main character and discover solutions to the problem. They also learn reading components as they identify main character, setting, plot, problem, and solution. *African-American marionettes available for small stage program.

Touring Artist | Spring 2022

Single Performance

$400

Back to Back Performance

$650

Participant Limit

200

Grade Levels

PK-8

Favorite Stories Puppet Show

PERFORMANCE

Jean Kuecher

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With hand puppets and audience participation, Jean Kuecher turns her favorite stories into puppet shows. “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Five Little Ducks,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and “The Old Lady who Swallowed the Fly” will inspire children and teachers to make their own puppets and to perform their own favorite stories. Learn the story components of main character, goal, problem, and solution.

Touring Artist | Spring 2022

Single Performance

$400

Back to Back Performance

$650

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

PK-1

Rhyme, Reason and Shadow Puppetry

PERFORMANCE

Puppet Pizzazz

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Mother Goose and other familiar favorites are illustrated with exciting giant shadow puppet action. The enthusiasm of the puppeteer, Mr. Greg, is contagious as he encourages the audience to recite classic rhymes, sing, move creatively, and act out famous storybook characters. This highly participatory performance promotes literacy and enhances verbal communication skills while developing a passion for reading and an appreciation for poetry.

Single Performance

$450

Back to Back Performance

$575

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-2

Sharing the Secrets of Puppetry

PERFORMANCE

Puppet Pizzazz

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Professional puppeteer Greg Ruhe enthusiastically shares the ancient art of puppetry by demonstrating a variety of styles of puppets in a highly theatrical performance. Mr. Greg shares the secrets of making and manipulating many of his unique characters. It is guaranteed that the audience will walk away filled with an appreciation and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry. The audience will learn how to turn trash into treasure as Mr. Greg shares ideas on making puppets from recycled materials. This Puppet Extravaganza includes storytelling along with hand puppets, shadow puppets, recycled material puppets, and marionettes. Puppet Pizzazz is best known for its giant puppet creations. The show is not over until an eight-foot tall surprise character takes center stage.

Single Performance

$450

Back to Back Performance

$575

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-12

Shadow Puppetry Workshop 

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Puppet Pizzazz

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Included in this hands-on workshop, Puppeteer Mr. Greg, shares the origin of
shadow puppetry by demonstrating with puppets, he has created and collected
from around the world. The participants will learn to make and perform their own puppets constructed with easy to gather school supplies. Teachers and students will be encouraged to further explore the world of shadow puppetry for classroom projects, the stage, or fun at home.

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

K-12