The Puppet Extravaganza II is a collaborative puppet show featuring West Michigan artists brought together by a love of the art of puppetry and a desire to share the art with others. The show contains a wide variety of puppets including marionettes, hand-puppetry, and even interactive puppetry done by volunteers with mops and brooms. The show does tour and is currently talking with the Kent District Library System about using puppets to entertain and encourage young readers.
The upcoming show at Master Arts Theatre at 11:00 am on October 24th has four different groups from West Michigan on stage. For tickets you can call the Master Arts Office at 616-455-1001.
Ben Christensen – Ben is a full time professional funny-man who has performed on Princess Cruise Lines. He uses puppetry as a medium to interact with his audience and to get them involved in learning. More info on Ben at www.bencomedy.com
The Cooperfly Puppet Troupe – Kevin Kammeraad leads the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe as an extension of Cooperfly Creative Arts. They are known not only for their love of puppetry but for their use of original music and for their series of children’s books. More info on Kevin and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe at www.kevinkammeraad.com
WillJuggle – Will Oltman, aka WillJuggle, may best be known for his phenomenal juggling skills. However, if you ever see him perform you will quickly find that his skill with balls, rings and clubs is equally matched by his humor. Will is a fantastic all-around performer who has recently stepped into the world of puppetry, specifically marionettes. More on Will at WillJuggle.com
The Knuckles – Elijah and Melissa, a husband and wife team, had a love for puppetry before they ever even met. Their mastery of puppetry has allowed them to teach at a number of different puppetry festivals, including IFEST (International Festival of Creative Arts Ministry).