ALJ Students Put On Puppetry Workshop

CLARK—On Saturday, April 19, three members of the ALJ Puppetry Club went with club advisor San D Hassselman to The College of New Jersey. Ashley Gallagher, a graduate of Arthur L. Johnson, and a member of TCNJ’s Theater Honor Society, coordinated the workshop.

Hasselman introduced the TCNJ students to the history and “vocabulary” of puppetry. The Honor Society learned about the different types of puppets and how to integrate puppetry into theater works. She spoke about current Broadway productions which incorporate puppetry, including “The Lion King”, “Avenue Q”, and “The Thirty Nine Steps.” ALJ Puppetry Club members, Denise Villalva, Michael Franke and Harrison Haney then demonstrated big mouth puppet techniques to the participants of the workshop.

During the next phase of the workshop, TCNJ students made a paper tube puppet. They were challenged to establish a specific strong character, to be used for a production of “Speed Dating,” an improve piece. Much to the delight of Hasselman and the ALJ Puppetry Club members, the TCNJ students designed delightful puppets, and put on a very funny production.

Members of the TCNJ’s Theater Honor Society display their tube puppets. Ashley Gallagher, far right, a graduate of Arthur L. Johnson, coordinated the workshop run by ALJ’s Puppet Club members, Michael Franke, Denise Villalva and Harrison Haney.

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