What do I need to do to be puppeteer and other frequently asked questions about trouping.Do I have to be an actor?
No. Many of the people that troupe do not participate in the plays /musicals at school. Some people want the opportunity to talk to younger students.
How much time commitment is required?
Rehearsal is once a week after school until we start trouping. We troupe to the 10 elementary schools prior to spring break and senior week. Think of it as an extended winter sport.
What a minute - you said we don't have to be actors. Why are there tryouts?
That is true. Tryouts are to match people with characters. Each puppet has a personality and we are looking for a good fit between puppeteer and puppet.
When are the performances?
Most of the performances at the elementary schools are in the morning. We generally leave after 1st period and return between 4/6 periodThe really cool part is, once you learn your part, you don't need to come to rehearsals and you have the same part every yea
How do we get to the schools?
A school district bus is provided for the trip to and from each school.
Do I have to go to all the elementary schools?
No. There are 10 elementary schools. You would miss 10 days ofclasses. If you can troupe to two, that is good, but if you only wantto go to one, that is fine also.
I am shy. This sounds fun though - do I have to troupe?
The great thing about this is that the puppets are approximately 3 - 4 feet tall and as a puppeteer, you wear all black. After the first 30 seconds, the student's eyes are on the puppet.