Nat Reed’s puppetry class, TMA 252, performed a puppet variety show Dec. 8. during the afternoon Mask Club times.

Eight students self-produced four skits, either on an ethical dilemma or on team work. Two additional performers did lip syncs, one parodying “Sugar” and the other doing “Can You Feel the Love.” The finale of the puppet performance was a puppet version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (“On the first day of Christmas, my puppet gave to me …”).

[Incidentally, lip syncing is part of the bigmouth puppet tradition. In the 60s, not-yet-famous Jim Henson and his wife started in Baltimore doing a five-minute show called Sam and Friends, which was entirely made up of puppets lip syncing songs.]

Nat Reed also created the three puppet camels for the Mormon Tabernacle Choirs’ 2017 Christmas Broadcast, which is always taped the year before it is aired.  Nat trained the three puppeteers that controlled the camels, several of whom were his former students.

FROM THE TMA DEPARTMENT: “You’ll have to wait until next year to see these amazing puppets!  We appreciate the puppetry classes, taught under the theatre education program, and the support they give our students and productions.”

Photo Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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