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Updated: 2011-08-25T11:44:48.377-04:00

 



Thanks Puppetman! Great post. Sorry I hadn't...

2011-08-20T11:19:58.198-04:00

Thanks Puppetman! Great post. Sorry I hadn't seen it before.

Keep it up!



That's great Drew!

2011-08-20T10:29:51.022-04:00

That's great Drew!



Hi Drew, I was just thinking about your show just ...

2011-07-27T11:58:12.494-04:00

Hi Drew,
I was just thinking about your show just this morning. I never thanked you for performing it (or did I??). It was one of the tightest puppet shows I've ever seen. Not a bit of fat anyway. Every movement and look had its purpose. I know you already got an award for that show but its even better now.
What an added satisfaction that that woman came back and was touched by your show so deeply.
Thank you again for your performance.

Best to you,
Steve Mark



I found this post by accident, but I'm glad I ...

2011-02-24T14:36:23.480-05:00

I found this post by accident, but I'm glad I read it and I'm very glad you wrote it. How lucky you were to have such a supportive mentor and studio space as well! When I was in college, each semester I registered for a puppetry course and each time I was told it was cancelled because not enough students signed up. To this day, I'm not even sure who the instructor was or if there really ever was one. Fortunately, I had guilds, P of A and lots of puppetry books for resources. Growing up in a house with six siblings and my parents, I never really had enough creative space. I was constantly making puppets or doing other artwork and I was constantly being fussed at for having my works in progress all over the place. I wish I had met someone like Doug Swink at my college! Thanks for sharing him with us! And thanks for posting that great photo! Matthew Bernier



Hi Drew, Ah yes, it's a dirty job, but so...

2010-10-08T19:32:39.360-04:00

Hi Drew,
Ah yes, it's a dirty job, but someone has got to do it. That window counter joint next to Glyn Archer Elementary is, indeed, a cool find. Glad you had a good time in the Conch Republic.



I dream about those BLT's at Merrits...they ar...

2010-06-27T10:12:58.004-04:00

I dream about those BLT's at Merrits...they are the world's best sandwich!



Enjoyed your comments on "Detroit after Chris...

2010-01-08T08:44:17.554-05:00

Enjoyed your comments on "Detroit after Christmas"... especially your last paragraph where you perceived passion and kindness (at the airport) between the persons mentioned. Appreciated the view through your eyes. You transformed a "small" act into a big act. Your thoughts encouraged me to look for more examples of kindness amidst the hustle and bustle we encounter each and every day.



Lovely! Thank you for explaining it, along with a...

2009-12-02T00:14:40.831-05:00

Lovely! Thank you for explaining it, along with a peak into your early years.



Larry Robinson sounds like quite a guy. I'm s...

2009-10-19T17:56:10.336-04:00

Larry Robinson sounds like quite a guy. I'm sure glad that some schools still see the importance of the arts.
Good work, Drew.



I'll see your flaming death and raise you one ...

2009-10-08T14:34:21.231-04:00

I'll see your flaming death and raise you one Lobster Flambe! I was operating blacklight puppets during a staged musical show. The number prior to the puppet number was a firey depiction of the fall of the city of Atlantis. There were sparklers that went off, then a waterfall of sorts and the audience was magically taken under the sea to where the blacklight fish all played. I was the first puppet out, with a large manta ray that flapped his "wings" and glided across the stage. Preset was a 7 foot tall lobster "crooner" who I performed in a musical number later in the act. I was sitting on the edge of the lobster's rolling stage cart to stay out of the way of the Atlantis dancers and techs who had to mop up the stage after the "flood." I was already in my blacklight hood and had the manta (who weighed about 20lbs and was about 5' across at the wings) strapped to my arm ready to go. The stage tech on the curtain controls was pointing at me. I was used to them playing tricks on me during the act, so I ignored him. He pointed more frantically. I got up to get ready to go onstage, and turned to see the lobster's foot, which was on fire. A stray spark from the pyro had jumped a fire curtain and ignited the supposedly fireproofed foam puppet's leg. By the time I could get the manta unstrapped and out of the way, the lobster was completely engulfed and the fire had jumped another fire curtain to ignite a singing mermaid perched atop a piano. After the fire was finally extinguished, there was nothing left of my poor lobster but one antenna and one shoe. The mermaid was badly charred, and the piano a sooty, soggy mess. My brother's comment when I told him about the fiasco? "Did anyone have any melted butter?" Brothers!



we like your puppets they look awesome.my favorite...

2009-08-26T19:50:17.240-04:00

we like your puppets they look awesome.my favorite puppet is your greenish one with red pupils he looks so so cool.=)my two sisters favorite puppet is salsa Cinderella.we watched your videos on you other web site they are cool=).and if you are wondering who we are. this is the family that went to puppets fest Midwest.we went to the puppet exhibit you were showing how to make puppets and we went over to the table that you were at and we watched you.and we went to your show and you gave us your autograph well thats us=)



I think you should add that Death Fire Bit to ever...

2009-08-14T13:45:07.617-04:00

I think you should add that Death Fire Bit to every act. Or at least make a character out of a working fire extinguisher in case of a repeat performance.



I was driving near my home and a swan did almost t...

2009-07-16T19:58:53.251-04:00

I was driving near my home and a swan did almost the same thing.A frickin' SWAN!



Hey Puppetman...loved your Jimmy Buffet post As fa...

2009-05-13T08:23:00.000-04:00

Hey Puppetman...loved your Jimmy Buffet post
As far as I am concerned, we should never stop the carnival!



I will have to make it to your home away from home...

2009-04-28T07:33:00.000-04:00

I will have to make it to your home away from home one of these days. Don't overdo that salted breeze on your face, however, or you'll begin to look like me.



Well said young man

2009-03-26T06:59:00.000-04:00

Well said young man



Hi Drew! We LOVE our "You Are What You Eat&q...

2009-01-30T14:58:00.000-05:00

Hi Drew!
We LOVE our "You Are What You Eat" puppet show you created for the Junior League of Charlotte! It warms our hearts to hear those children laugh during the show and to know we are making a DIFFERENCE - and with silly, funny puppets!
What an amazing puppetry teacher you are. We ALL think you are a really neat and talented person.
Thanks for everything you & The Grey Seal Puppet Team have done for us. We certainly appreciate the help & assistance you have given us to make this community program a SUCCESS!
Yours truly, Jenny Jordan



Drew, My prediction of oh so many years ago that ...

2008-12-10T08:57:00.000-05:00

Drew,
My prediction of oh so many years ago that Grey Seal would one day have their own 50 or 60-story building may yet come true. I am truly proud, though envious, of how your career keeps growing outward and upward.



Drew, I am so proud of what you, and your amazing ...

2008-11-06T11:28:00.000-05:00

Drew, I am so proud of what you, and your amazing staff, continue to accomplish. Your career, as well as the careers of your Grey Seal crew, continues to grow in new and exciting ways



perhaps the chicken was being chased by Colonel Sa...

2008-11-03T09:22:00.000-05:00

perhaps the chicken was being chased by Colonel Sanders. No, wait, Colonel Sanders is dead. Perhaps the chicken was being chased by the ghost of Colonel Sanders. That's why the chicken was flying.



Doesn't a Puppets to Go performance make you tingl...

2008-11-03T09:20:00.000-05:00

Doesn't a Puppets to Go performance make you tingle? "Good mornin', good mornin'" Only kidding. I can relate to your questioning of the art form. I have been jazzed recently about doing more with my writing, particularly my comedy writing (now there's a profession that can make you even less than puppetry, if you give it half a chance) I have always admired your performing abilities, and me and elise continue to admire your growth.



Wow, I am so envious for so many reasons. We love...

2008-11-03T09:14:00.000-05:00

Wow, I am so envious for so many reasons. We love Acadia. It is a beautiful national park. We love the Torbeks. They are three of the neatest people we know. You were in great company at that puppet festival, what the Periales, Nappy and Crabgrass.