Award-winning Puppeteers Bring Furry Friends to Life in Toowoomba

Workshops this weekend

13 September 2018

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Professional puppeteers Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins will run two workshops in Toowoomba this weekend.

An award-winning team of professional puppeteers will bring their furry friends to Toowoomba this Sunday (September 16) for two workshops on the art of puppetry.

The workshops will be run by Larrikin Puppets owner Brett Hansen, who trained in the USA under Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street, and Elissa Jenkins, who received puppetry training at The Puppet Kitchen in Manhattan, New York.

Toowoomba's Shoebox Theatre Company will host the workshops at Dance Central Studios.

Mary Quade, co-owner of Shoebox Theatre Company, said they would appeal to anyone looking to increase their performance skills, and especially those keen on auditioning for the musical comedy, Avenue Q, later this month.

These four-hour workshops give those wanting to learn the skills of puppetry a chance rarely given in Toowoomba,” she said.

Participants will acquire basic techniques in Muppet-style puppetry with rod and hand puppets. They'll learn how to breathe life into the puppet, so to speak, and then make the audience love it, care for it and be as invested in the puppet's character as they are for a human character.”

Ms Quade said the workshops, to be held on Sunday, September 16 from 9:30am and 2:30pm, were suitable for all ages.

Bookings can be made through

Auditions for Avenue Q will be held on September 29 and 30. Audition packs are available from [email protected]

Avenue Q will be showing at USQ Artsworx in February 2019.

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