Paperhand Summer "A Drop in the Bucket"
Paperhand Puppet Intervention show "A Drop in the Bucket". Last summer I began my adventure with this one of a kind company when I came on as the costumer for "The Painted Bird". I spent hours in the studio sewing, hot gluing and falling in love with the Paperhand family. In the fall I continued working with company when I performed at a Halloween event and helped create puppets for a production of "Into the Woods". When summer came back round and I was asked to perform with the company in the annual show I was so excited to join the cast.
A Paperhand show is special for a lot of reasons and it starts with the process of creating the yearly spectacle. While most shows I have been in come with a predetermined script and an assigned role, this show was a collaboration and it came together because of the crew of people. We played games, experimented, worked in small groups, and shared our ideas. It isn't a fast process but it develops a pieces that is like nothing else being brought into the world.
The kids (and the adults that become like kids again) were all truly wonderful and a joy to share the show with, but the best part of this summer was the Paperhand family. This group of performers, musicians and artist is a truly unique community. Spending the summer performing, laughing, and sharing the ups and downs of life with them was a blessing. After months of rehearsals and 6 weeks or shows it has been hard to adjust to not seeing them every day. But before we know it we will be back together waving cardboard and making people smile.
Thank you to Lee Capps Photography for the wonderful pictures. Thanks you also to John for catching my high kick moment!