Mr. Wooka Puppetshows
(Series within a series, 2004-2005)
30 puppetshows (3 min)
Broadcast Syndication: CBC and PBS
One of my favorite creations was a small part of my preschool series nanalan'. 3-year-old Mona would visit the yard of Nana's neighbour Mr. Wooka every day to see a puppet-show-within-a-puppet-show. The Mr. Wooka puppets were smaller and more crafty looking than those in the rest of the series, we made puppets out of everything from balsa wood too crotchet' yarn. I often engaged visual artists to come and make the various characters and provided the performers with only the most basic outline to improvise the puppet show and capture the unique energy of live performance, featuring the work of puppeteers Todd Doldersum, Marty Stelnick, Ali Eisner and Jason Hopley.