|Hi! Here are some details about myself:
|My name is:
|CYNTHIA A RICE
|I have a home page at:
|My occupation (when I'm not doing puppets!) is:
|My approximate age is:
|I live in the state of:
|... in the country of:
|Here's some information about my church or puppetry organisation:
|My organisation's name is:
|Puppet Patch Players
|My organisation's website is at:
|Some of My Puppetry Background
|Q: Why do you write puppet scripts? What motivates you?
|I write them for pre-school aged children to teach them to care for the environment, and to care for and understand the world they live in. Most importantly to teach social/life skills to young children in a fun way!
|Q: Tell us about your church or puppet organisation.
|Puppet Patch Players (PPP) was a group of people who started at Hershey Gardens Children's Garden, Hershey, PA in 2008 to entertain and educate pre-school aged children about the garden and growing things. It (PPP) coordinated with the programs offered in the Children's Garden, plants and butterflies.
|Q: How did you get started in puppets and what attracted you to this area?
|I loved puppets from the time I was 4 years old and got my first one. It was a character from a popular TV show in the USA called "Percy's Place" - a Kiwi bird who had a platypus friend.
|Q: Where does your inspiration come from to write puppet scripts?
|Watching children's faces when they see a puppet come to life as a story unfolds.
|Q: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in puppetry?
|Use the type of puppets you love the most, in my case hand-held, have fun with them, make them interact with the audience, and have surprise puppets that pop up, works every time!
|Q: Who are your favourite puppet characters and what do you like about them?
|I used mostly animal puppets that were animals that we saw in the garden. I had two people puppets, a grandfather and his granddaughter. I loved the interaction between the two people puppets with the "talking" animals.
|Q: What are the most important qualities in great puppet scripts?
|Keep them short and concise. Easy dialogue with humor and audience interaction. You need to have action with the puppets for preschoolers or you will lose them.
|Q: What would you do if you were a puppet?
|I would make little children laugh and learn things at the same time. I would show them how much fun it is to sing, laugh, and interact with other puppets.