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Brett Douglas Crandall

Theatre
Contact Person:Brett Crandall
Phone:620-290-3946
Email:[email protected]
Website:BrettCrandallStudios.com

About

Brett Crandall Studios presents puppet shows, specializing in audience participation and engagement. With a catalog of adapted literary classics, Brett Crandall, founder and lead puppeteer, can both entertain and move audiences of all ages. These low-tech puppet plays run from 35-55 minutes long and regularly enroll young audience members to play characters in the show, letting even the shyest of kids surprise their peers and shine onstage. An optional Q&A may follow, as well as photo-ops with the handcrafted puppets.

Brett Crandall studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, working in NY and the surrounding area as a children’s theatre performer before working on a puppet adaptation of “Pinocchio”. Since then, his passion for storytelling has blossomed into a regular, touring practice, giving access to the world’s oldest multidisciplinary art form, puppetry, to small, overlooked, rural communities.

Primary Program Description

35-55 minute puppet shows introducing young audiences to classic literature through live performance. After a brief introduction about audience etiquette, audiences of all ages can see a low-to-no-cost professional puppet show in their own small towns. A stage is erected and struck easily in any reading room, gym, auditorium, etc, typically with 1-2 actors/puppeteers. Catalog includes:

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • A Christmas Carol Oliver Twist
  • Robin Hood
  • The Trials of David
  • Good King Wenceslas Peter Pan
  • Beauty, Sleeping
  • Ondine
  • Tarzan
  • Murder at the Wolf Hotel
  • Also available for follow-up Q&As, as well as puppetry, storytelling, and ventriloquism workshops.
Program Fee

Single performance: $500

Special pricing available for multiple bookings.

Educational Activity Information

The greatest educational aspect happens during the show, in volunteers getting to play onstage as Tiny Tim or the Cowardly Lion. Getting to cut one’s teeth as a performer is hard when there are so few local performance opportunities, so a chance to play a part in a familiar story can be profoundly impactful. This allows budding creatives to think on their feet, use listening skills, and handle their nerves in front of a crowd.

A post-performance Q&A lets young minds inquire about how the puppets are made, how they work, costume quick-changes, and other technical aspects of the show they just saw. This can be their first exposure to industries like costume and scenic design, playwriting, poetry, stage-management, music composition, and more. Basic ventriloquism exercises can also be demonstrated.

Additional Activity Fee

Ventriloquism Masterclass: $200

Take-home puppet: $500 (varies per show/audience size)

Community Activity Information

Easily presented as Dinner Theatre.

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