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It's been a little over a week since my second and final puppetry workshop with John Tartaglia. I miss it already. It was so nice to hang out, learn, and have fun with such a talented and eclectic group of people. John's website refers to his classes as "a supportive and engaging environment." They truly are.
For the second class, we had to come prepared with a comedic or sad song to puppeteer through. I chose "Lonely Pew" from Reefer Madness. Jake Bazel chose a really sweet, sad song called "A Frog and His Boy" that Tom Smith wrote after Jim Henson passed away. John Cody did "Pukka Pukka Pukka Squeetily Boink" from Fraggle Rock, which was adorable. Peter Strecansky chose "Purpose" from Avenue Q and we all got to get up and be his background singers. John was laughing and saying it was one of the most surreal moments of his life to see us do that. It was a ton of fun.
Today was day 1 of 2 seven hour days to be spent learning about puppetry from John Tartaglia. For a little on my background in puppetry - during my Disney College Program, I snuck into multiple puppetry workshops and the instructors (Thank you, Rob Lott, Scott Silson, Billy Horne, Chris Iannuzzi, & Scott Pilarski!) were kind enough to let me stay even though I wasn't in Entertainment. I discovered that I love puppetry and it's something I'd love to learn more about and excel in.
When I found out about John Tartaglia's master class, I submitted but really didn't think I'd get in. I didn't think I had enough experience. Then I got an e-mail back saying they'd love to have me. I was shocked, excited, nervous... Ready to be a sponge and soak up as much knowledge as I could.