A Review Of The "Celebration of Puppetry"

Someone I know sent in a review of the “Celebration of Puppetry” put on by Steve Meltzer. This person asked to remain anonymous and though we usually don’t post anonymous reviews or comments on Ventriloquist Central, I decided to make an exception this time.

True professionals took to the stage this past Saturday at the “Celebration of Puppetry” put on by Steve Meltzer of the Santa Monica Puppetry Center, the International Puppetry Museum, the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, and others.

Dan Horn took the stage first and gave a top notch performance. Mallory Lewis had fun as Lambchops’ puppet! And marionette artists included Tony Urbano, Rene, and Bob Baker. Each of these performers acts were introduced by Mr. Meltzer with a video.

There was a chat session with Leslie Caron of “LiLi” fame. (this was the point to the whole evening pretty much). And a history lesson about “Walton and O’Rourke”. The creators of the puppets for the movie LiLi. This piece of history was presented by Alan Cook.

All in all it was a must see if you were even a bit curious about vent. or puppetry in general. Visit www.santamonicapuppetryfestival.com and www.puppetrymuseum.org (be sure to join and or give wherever you can to keep the art alive).

Thanks for the comments.



Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com

Copyright 2008 by Dan Willinger

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