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.
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 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.
Ventriloquism Masterclass: $200
Take-home puppet: $500 (varies per show/audience size)