Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Puppets in the Making
|Fish puppet molds drying in the shop|
and waiting to be spray painted.
Integrating puppets into a theatrical show is a huge collaborative effort. Like a big deal. Lots of components and people and planning and more. There is so much to cover and do...but let's take a step back and refresh on just how many people come together to create a Chaska Valley Family Theater production in general.
|"The Music Man" wrapped this March 2013 with a cast and crew|
of more than 150 talented "River-cityians".
That mission continues today and Seussical-The Musical is no exception. There are more than 14 families involved in the show on-stage and behind the scenes. Here is a look at four of those families -two of which are leading the charge and are responsible for bringing puppets to the Seuss CVFT stage. The other two families are the masterminds behind making the puppets come to life.
|Randy Ross and Co-Director Mary Pat Ross review script|
and score to bring their artistic vision to life.
|Tom Stauber and Co-Producer Anna Stauber|
(along with Abe Stauber who will play Mr. Mayor
and Karen Stauber, Stage Manager).
Puppet Designer, Cody Braudt, was brought in to develop the preliminary vision for the production. His sketches and plans emphasize the difference in size of characters through the design of large scale puppets, jungle animals, fish, shadow puppets and more. Currently, Cody is completing a study of Theater Production at CalArts University in California with a concentration in Puppet Design. He also has a long history with the CVFT theater alongside his family including appearances in more than 20 shows and serving as a Student Representative to the CVFT Board of Directors. Cody's father, Reverend Robert Braudt stars in Seussical as Horton the Elephant.
Next week, Cody will return from school and join forces with Scenic Designer, Randy Herget who has been the creative genius for most of the CVFT shows over the past decade. Among his accomplishments are full stage design of Beauty and the Beast and engineering Audrey II for the production Little Shop of Horrors.
|Randy Herget and Jane Herget CVFT Designers and performers.|
Pictured: River Valley Dance Academy's The Nutcracker, 2012
Jane has also served as Vice President of the CVFT Board of Directors and has worked as an instructor at Dragonfly Theater Camp for the last 6 years.
These talented individuals/families are joined by many others. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes of "Puppets are Possible!"
|Not family, but still havin' fun. Seuss Actors seen here at|
rehearsal last week -singing, dancing, acting, etc.
NEXT UP: Behind-the-scenes look at the mechanical aspects of Seuss puppets with Benilde St. Margaret's STEM engineering team!
Again, here are the nitty-gritty details of the shows again in case you want to book early (recommended and appreciated).
Friday, June 21 at 7:30pm - Opening Night and After Show Reception
Saturday, June 22 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, June 23 at 1:00 and 4:00pm - Special Meet the Puppet-Makers & Treats Day!
Thursday, June 27 at 7:00pm
Friday, June 28 at 10am, 1pm and 7pm
Saturday, June 29 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, June 30 at 2pm - Special Meet the Puppet-Makers & Treats Day!
Chanhassen High School Theater - 2200 Lyman Boulevard, Chanhassen, MN
Until next time!