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Hi!  Here are some details about myself:
My name is: Ingrid
I have a home page at:
My occupation (when I'm not doing puppets!) is: Front desk supervisor at hotel, awana ministries, serving god
My approximate age is: 45 - 60
I live in the state of: Colorado
... in the country of: USA
Here's some information about my church or puppetry organisation:
My organisation's name is: Fellowship Bible Church Adventure Mountain
My organisation's website is at:
Some of My Puppetry Background
Q: Why do you write puppet scripts? What motivates you?
I had the privilege of serving in the puppet ministry with a very talented writer, who is on staff with Focus on the Family and has actually written some episodes for Adventures in Odyssey. My daughter invited me to join the puppet ministry, and I really felt God calling me to join and start writing.
Q: Tell us about your church or puppet organisation.
Our Sunday School program is called Adventure Mountain. Children have three rotations every Sunday. Each Sunday, They go to three different trooms with their lead guides, with the rooms varying from prayer station to hands-on science, puppet, drama, history, jamboree, etc. We usually stay on the same topic for at least four weeks, and everything the children learn is based on this topic. This past month, for example, we studied the life of Paul. Depending on the age group, our puppet plays vary in time from 5-10 minutes. Following the puppet play, the children then spend time with their lead guides discussing what they saw. We usually write out lead questions for their guides. We end with a prayer time, before sending the children to their next adventure station.
Q: How did you get started in puppets and what attracted you to this area?
At first, I was made aware of a need by my daughter who invited me to join the puppet ministry. I fell in love with serving in this area. When my daughter moved away to college, I continued in the puppet ministry. Now having only 2 adults left in the leading roles, our script writer and I were scheduled for different Sundays, so we could minister to the teens feeling called to serve in this area. I now had the opportunity to start writing scripts, and I really love it.
Q: Where does your inspiration come from to write puppet scripts?
I usually look at the Scripture passage. We had an initial meeting with our four pre-teen puppeteers and our two adults, in which we discussed our mission and our goals. We looked at what puppets were available at our church, and everybody chose several different puppets, so they can develop their characters. Our setting is in a mountainous African region - our puppet stage is an actual hut built for this purpose - our focus has mission in mind. We sponsor several African children and have a number of missionaries serving in Africa. When writing a script I try to incorporate our regular characters, some African children, an African Awana missionary and his wife (my daughter actually met them in Malawi), a lion, a caterpillar who eventually turned into a butterfly, a goat, a preacher, and a nurse. I prayerfully consider how we can incorporate the topic, the Scripture passages, and the characters of the people scheduled for any given Sunday. Once I have a general idea of what I want to do, I start writing and it generally flows from there. On quite a few occasions, I browse online to see what others did in the way of writing scripts with a given topic, and this gives me a lot of inspiration as well.
Q: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in puppetry?
Pray!!! I also would suggest that you have somebody watch your puppeteering, who can give you some feedback. I noticed with our newer puppeteers, that it is much easier for them to tilt back the puppets' heads and to move their fingers whenever trying to make their puppet talk, rather than their thumbs. The effect is that the audience sees nothing but the puppets' chins and noses. it takes practice to make your puppet talk and have it look realistic.
Q: Who are your favourite puppet characters and what do you like about them?
Last year's theme for our Sunday School was Captain Salty. My character was Mrs. K., which stands for Kuchenbacher. I chose the name because Kuchen means cake, and I could think of a lot of analogies between baking, yeast, growth in our lives, and sin in our lives. The character was the ship's cook, which was ideal. The second part of the name, Bach, is a creek. We were "on" the ocean, and I wanted to be able to make some points using water, still and flowing, etc. Our ship's mouse was my next favorite character. I loved one episode in which we studied the fruit of the Spirit, and our little mouse got into Mrs. K's fruit pies.
Q: What are the most important qualities in great puppet scripts?
I think a great puppet script should have some surprises, such as some unexpected components, in it. It will keep the kids alert and definitely hold their attention. However, the most important aspect would be to make a point and to make it well. The kids should remember the Scripture you were trying to teach, and they should take learning away with them.
Q: What would you do if you were a puppet?
If I were a puppet, I would talk to the audience. I would involve the audience on occasions, and I would love to have some feedback from them as well. I would love to peek through a little whole in our hut to see the audience's reaction.
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1. A Christmas Reminder: God Is Gracious by Ingrid Profile available - View script

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Puppets practice for a Christmas play and argue about characters. Nobody wants to be the serpent. A SERPENT in a CHRISTMAS PLAY? Find out more about the true reason for the season.
Keywords: Bible Stories  Born again  Christmas  Creation  Devil  Eternal Life  Evangelism  Grace  
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