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Bob Baker
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I have a gig coming up where I'll be using first one figure and then another. In the past when I've done this, I've kept the figure I'm not using behind the backdrop I set up. When I'm finished with the first puppet, I bring her behind the backdrop and get out the other one. I think it's poor stagecraft to leave the stage, so I cover the switch with dialog with both figures (I use a lavalier mic).

Other performers do it differently, having their figures' trunks on stage with them. Some use a stand-up case which is also a place to seat a puppet. (I know Selberg makes one of these, but try ordering one from him some time....) I'm curious to know how you all manage this situation.

Thanks!

Bob
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Bob,
If using more than one figure, I place only enough in a case that I can still quickly grab to avoid delays. If I have more than will fit - I place one trunk on a folding tray stand and the other opposite that on the floor. I have two stands if needed - and have done both with a third trunk on the floor to the back.
I'm lazy though - too much extra stuff to carry in - so I try to get by with just one case.
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I use 2 stand up cases. It is like a roll on table when opened turns into a seat for the puppet. I find these easier to use in my shows.
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I use my ATA cases for my hard figures...

But now I'm in a similar dilemma with my Axtell ostrich...where do I keep him prior to his appearance...I don't have the luxury of a spider backdrop/dressing room like our friend Lou Smile
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How about a crate with air holes? A mysterious shipment from Africa. What could it be?
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On 2009-03-12 23:33, Servante wrote:
How about a crate with air holes? A mysterious shipment from Africa. What could it be?


Hey...that makes sense. Thanks! Smile
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I use a backdrop for all my shows (see my avatar to the left). I have a stand backstage that holds four large soft puppets, though I rarely use more than two or three on most shows. I am currently working on a new "bird" theme show that will use six puppets, but it is still in the rehearsal stages.

I don't really have a problem with going behind the backdrop, as I wrote in bits of business and comedy that coincide with my need to be back there while dropping off or picking up a new cast member. Also, I use music for each intro and exit, which helps establish the puppets as "stars" of the show.

That being said, I still love to watch vents using the old fashioned method of reaching for the nearby trunk to grab the next figure...
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