Not every situation
is right for a story show. Sometimes the age-range of
the audience is too wide, (with everyone from grandma and grampa
to the eighteen-month old toddler) usually attending a company
picnic, or a holiday performance of some sort, or a summer performanc
in a park, etc. Or, the audience is all about the same age,
say three, or four, but they are really too young to focus in
on a story that has a great deal of dialogue, and a rather complicated
plot to follow.
The answer to
the problem is a variety performance performed with "trick"
marionettes - puppets on strings that have been strung to perform
specific "tricks" such as skating, performing on a
trapeze, juggling, blowing up a balloon and the like. Each marionette
performs an ACT, usually lasting between two and three minutes.
The younger audience members take
the performing marionettes at face value, while the older children
and adults are trying to figure out how Bob is getting his marionettes
to do all these seemingly impossible feats. We offer nine different
variety shows, plus four special seaonal variety performances.