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Hi!  Here are some details about myself:
My name is: Michael Hutton
I have a home page at: comingdawn.blogspot.com/   | Is this Link Broken?
My occupation (when I'm not doing puppets!) is: Pastor
My approximate age is: 35 - 45
I live in the state of: New South Wales
... in the country of: Australia
Here's some information about my church or puppetry organisation:
My organisation's name is: Tamworth Baptist Church
My organisation's website is at: tamworthbaptist.org.au/   | Is this Link Broken?
Some of My Puppetry Background
Q: Why do you write puppet scripts? What motivates you?
I write Puppet Scripts for fun and because I do a lot of stuff with kids.
Q: Tell us about your church or puppet organisation.
I work in a great church in a small city in rural Australia. Puppets break the ice when you are trying to take the message of Christmas or Easter to a group of cynical high school students. Puppets also help a presentation meet all ages in the audience.
Q: How did you get started in puppets and what attracted you to this area?
A friend asked me to help with a puppet show for her christmas lesson in religious education at the local public school. I couldn't see anything, but I could tell the kids loved it.
Q: Where does your inspiration come from to write puppet scripts?
There are definitely two streams of inspiriation for me: Necessity and Opportunity. Sometimes I sit down and plug out a script because I have to do a kids spot (etc) and really want to use puppets. Sometimes I stumble across an idea (mostly it's steal an idea) and then work and polish that idea into a script. It's great when the two streams come together.
Q: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in puppetry?
Keep a jornal/file/notebook of ideas and notes. Anything that strikes you or catches your fancy, copy it or write it down. These snippets often make the backbone of a great skit later.
Q: Who are your favourite puppet characters and what do you like about them?
My favourite puppet character hasn't been stitched together yet. He's still in my head. He is an alien who is smart, but dopey about the real world at the same time. He's mischevious and beligerant even scary, but able to learn and ultimately caring. He will have eye stalks that move and a nose that lights up.
My favourite existing character is Rudolph Kringle from Jeff Robson's Christmas, becaue he introduced me to the power of puppets to make kids laugh and listen.
Q: What are the most important qualities in great puppet scripts?
Biblical content - (in the context of Christian ministry) a puppet script must both agree with the Bible and help listeners to understand the Bible.
Humour if appropriate. Drama when appropriate
Q: What would you do if you were a puppet?
Same as now. Laugh at myself!
And here are some other scripts by me/us:
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31. Terrence's Self Induced Identity Crisis by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 6.3 , Votes: 1

Terrence bumbles his way through to the discovery that the only way to make a name for himself is to get his name in God's book of life.
Keywords: Born again  Eternal Life  Faith  Heaven  Identity  Persistence  Salvation  
32. Stickability by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 6.0 , Votes: 1

A brief exploration of Ruth's faithfulness
Keywords: Bible Stories  Courage  Faithfulness  Love  Trust  
33. Tsunami Tragedy 2: How To Cope (hebrews 12:2) by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 6.0 , Votes: 1

How can you use a broomstick to teach people how to cope with the troubles of this world??
Keywords: Adversity  Courage  Eternal Life  Grief  Jesus  Patience  Persistence  
34. Well, You See, Itís Like This. by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 6.0 , Votes: 2

Three characters who make excuses for their lack of involvement in their chosen activity raise the question about the flimsy excuses we use when we don't go to church.
Keywords: Obedience  Church  Priorities  Faithfulness  
35. Betting Both Ways by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 5.7 , Votes: 1

A short skit in the style of Brittish TV's The Minder (from the eighties). Written to raise the issue of Christian obedience and the Lordship of Christ.
Keywords: Born again  Character  Eternal Life  Faithfulness  Lazy  Obedience  Persistence  Repentance  Sin  
36. The Crown And Cross Combo Deal by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 5.7 , Votes: 1

A Monty Pythonesque shop scene. The interplay explores the place of suffering and repentance in the path to eternal life and glory.
Keywords: Character  Obedience  Persistence  Faithfulness  Sacrifice  Eternal Life  Adversity  Disciples  Persecution  
37. No Such Thing As A Lone Ranger Christian by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 5.3 , Votes: 1

Short script for older kids and adults to challenge them about going to church and priorities
Keywords: Church  
38. How The Tiger Lost His Stripes by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 5.2 , Votes: 3

Uses two similar puppets (a black cat and a tiger) to make the point that the outside is not important but God sees our heart and loves us anyway.
Keywords: Born again  Character  Forgiveness  God  Love  
39. Love Tells The Truth by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 5.0 , Votes: 3

An invitation to discussion on a Biblical Christian approach to homosexuality.
Keywords: Bible  Faithfulness  Forgiveness  Judging  Obedience  Repentance  Sin  Truth  
40. Turn Back Ted by Michael Hutton Profile available - View script

Rating: 4.5 , Votes: 2

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Keywords: God  
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