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Movement, Masks, Props and Much More

Share and learn about the use of movement, mask work, props and more in your work.

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Comment by Rob McCabe on June 22, 2009 at 1:22pm
I love the use of spinning while telling stories. You might develop a character who tells stories to visitors while spinning. After all, historically while women sewed and spun flax or wool into thread, they often told stories. The Norns in Norse Mythology are of particular interest--One passed the thread through the wheel, one held the thread tight and the last one cut the thread at the end of a human being's life span. Interesting how spinning was so important to our ancestors. There are so many stories about spinning, why not create a program of Spinning Tales into Gold?
Comment by LaurenLanita on June 20, 2009 at 2:01pm
I have used masks, puppets and musical instruments while telling.
Although it's probably more accurate to say that I let the kids use them,
I suppose the secret to using props of any sort is to not overdue it.

At the moment I am working on stories that include spinning, weaving, knitting or anything to do with thread or yarn. Since I am a crafter (knitting, crocheting, sewing etc) I find these stories fascinating.
I am thinking of doing some handspinning during one or two stories.
I'm just a beginning spinner but I think it will be fun and most kids (and some adults) have never seen any type of spinning.
Does anyone else do this?
This being spinning or knitting or any other type of crafting while telling.
I'd love to hear about it.
Comment by Katrina Fahey on November 3, 2008 at 2:52am
This group will be really useful in my storytelling. I use props and puppets; movement; song; drums; a tin whistle; a rainstick; plastic and fabric flowers, vegetables and fruit (more durable than the real thing!); soft toys (some of you know them as stuffed animals); and anything that adds to the story I am telling. I often ask for child helpers, as that adds to the show. I also have some children's costumes, hats and headbands (eg rabbit ears, insect feelers) for the more adventurous helper. Yesterday, I had a wee 2 year old boy wearing a black and white cow hood and tail, and mooing enthusiastically when I called upon him. He stood beside me during that story. I find that sometimes my helpers enjoy wearing these costumes while back in the audience during the rest of my show. Only once have I had trouble getting a fabric flower back from one young girl. I ask the child to give it back to me at the end and that usually works. It also makes the audience really engage with the tale. I love looking at my wee helpers back in the audience, dressed up and entranced! This only works for up to 20 children, though. Bigger groups can do noises, voices, singing, rhyme, etc when called upon.
Happy tales!
Katrina ;-)
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on September 30, 2008 at 7:04pm
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Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on September 14, 2008 at 2:04pm
Glenda, your relating what happened to your goose puppet, Gloria, finally made me stop simply reading this group's posts & join in the fun. As somebody who is willing to "enrich" my stories with dance, mime, puppetry, sign language, music or whatever!, you may wonder what the heck took me so long to join this group, but I waited 'til I knew I just had to talk here.

I tell some stories using a wolf puppet. He's especially useful in The Gunniwolf, but I learned long ago to safely tuck him back in his home (a cloth bag) before leaving a session. Little kids just want to beat up the Bad Guy.

In contrast I remember a telling I did at an adult sheltered workshop. I told Anansi tales complete with an Anansi puppet to aid in their focus on the tales. A young man there was either very fond of spiders, or, as I strongly suspected, me. Learned to keep my puppet out of his reach lest it get kissed & fondled & prove hard to get away!

Too funny.

When our audience accepts us or our puppet friends there's definitely an openness that can surprise us.
Comment by Glenda Bonin on September 10, 2008 at 10:01am
Telling stories opens the door to some fantastic moments, and I'd like to share one with you that my puppet friend, Gloria, helped make happen.

A while back, I was telling stories to a group of special need kids in a rural Arizona community. This group was rather large and some of the children had adult aides with them. Sitting on the floor in front of me were about four young boys with their helpers. During the show, my large goose puppet, Gloria, and I engaged in a bit of dialogue. Gloria, alas, is a bit sassy to me. At the end of the show, one of these boys came forward and picked up Gloria. He yelled at her, tossed her to the ground and gave her a swift kick. I was stunned, but said nothing. The boy’s aide had tears in his eyes, and when everything calmed down, the young aide told me this was the very first time this Autistic boy had spoken during the school year.
Comment by Mindy Donner on August 22, 2008 at 8:40pm
Hello all,
I can't believe I haven't joined before....being a mask, movement, puppet favorite masked character
being Hecate, a papier mache mask with crone face, and wild dog head on top usually covered by purple velvet cape,
then revealed by magic (me rehearsing two weeks to get it right aided and abeted by velcro. I echo what Diane de la C. said: working with props is a lot of rehearsal, and it must be
seamless....or there goes a great story! Still the magic of
say object theatre is great! Mindy Donner
Comment by sowmya srinivasan on August 18, 2008 at 1:14am
Thank you
will look it up
Comment by Sheila Wee on August 17, 2008 at 7:02am
Hi Sowmya,

If I come to Bangalore as I hope to do soon, and we meet up I can show you some of these props stories. But to get you started go to Richard Thompsons website

Richard is a Canadian storyteller who specialises in drawing stories, sand stories etc.

Anne Pellowski has written several books with string stories, drawing stories and handkerchief stories. Her latest is Drawing Stories from around the World and a Sampling of European Handkerchief Stories, which is really good.


Comment by sowmya srinivasan on August 6, 2008 at 12:15am
i am very interested in using different props in my stories.Handkerchief, string and drawing stories sound exciting. Are these stories in public domain, where can i access them. I will be grateful if you could put me on to such sites so that i can expand my repertoire.

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