The Mudlark Puppeteers are the resident company of 9th Ward’s The Mudlark Public Theatre. This group is comprised of members of The Black Forest Fancies, including co-founder Pandora Andrea Gastelum. Miss Gastelum co-authored, designed and performed in the past Nola Fringe productions of “The Tragical Ballad of Black Bonnet” and “The Pomology of Sweetness and Light,” which was awarded a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation in 2009. The Mudlark Puppeteers premiered as a company with their puppet operetta “Hunter’s Blind” in the Third Annual New Orleans’ Fringe Festival to great audience acclaim. Their most recent work,” The Bride of Black Lake” was an audience favorite at the Fourth Annual New Orleans Fringe. As a company, The Mudlark Puppeteers specialize in puppet theatre that is innovative and unconventional, presenting original and little-told stories of heroic misfits and wayward love. They imagine hope in the form of new stories— the dispossessed as emerging heroes. The Mudlarks perform regularly in New Orleans, and have toured in Texas and throughout New England.
The Mudlark Puppeteers are hosting a workshop series on the fundamentals of puppetry in conjunction with a production process for Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fable
‘The Snow Queen.’ Proudly returning for its second year, this production is a large-scale puppet show being created at The Marigny Opera House throughout January of 2014. Participants, ages 14 and up, are invited to attend these workshops free of charge. The class will be guided through a design and production process that focuses on relating a narrative through objects and images. They will learn the basics of producing both three-dimensional and shadow puppets and ultimately how to manipulate these puppets in the context of a performance. The workshop will culminate in the presentation of a finished production of ‘The Snow Queen,’ featuring the participants and their puppet creations and set to a live score of original music.
‘The Snow Queen’ is the story of a child’s harrowing journey to young adulthood, overcoming adversity through the virtues of her curiosity and open-heartedness. The notion of fostering growth through openness is our inspiration. In this process The Mudlark Puppeteers aim to build an ensemble of developing artists in a range of ages and experience-levels, learning from one another as we explore an art form in which we share a common interest. Through a comprehensive introduction to puppetry, we hope to leave our participants with new tools and techniques for approaching story and a broader vocabulary for communicating their ideas within a theatrical process and beyond. We are thrilled to revisit this process in the neighborhood landmark of The Marigny Opera House, participating in its historic legacy of community building.
This project is being made possible by a grant from The Foundation for Entertainment, Education and Development.
Our schedule for Snow Queen workshops will run as follows.
All classes will occur at The Marigny Opera House unless otherwise noted
Wed 1/8 and Thurs 1/9-
Tues 1/14 and Thurs 1/16- * At the Mudlark Public Theatre
Wed 1/22 and Thurs 1/23
Tues 1/28 tech Wed 1/29