Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Professional Puppeteer Brings Her Magic to 'Seussical'

Professional puppeteer Renee Vlashi, whose work has appeared at the famous Bob Baker Marionette Theatre and on the Jim Henson/ABC-TV show "Dinosaurs," is bringing her special skills to the Teenage Drama Workshop. Vlashi is creating 15 paper-mâché-and-foam fish puppets and two other puppets for TADW's upcoming production of "Seussical."

Renee offered her puppeteering skills  to TADW at the spring "Meet and Greet," when director Ronnie Sperling mentioned that "Seussical" would be using puppets. Vlashi's daughter, Jeta, 12, is a first-time student in the workshop this summer. "I've been  a puppeteer for 40 years," Vlashi said.

"What Renee is creating is remarkable," said executive director of TADW Doug Kaback. Students in TADW's design-tech program are also assisting Vlashi with painting the puppets and putting on the "finishing touches."

(Pictured, professional puppeteer Renee Vlashi working on her creations for the upcoming production of Seussical; some of Vlashi's puppets drying in the scene shop; Vlashi with "Seussical" director Ronnie Sperling and a few of the puppets.)

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