Writing Samples: Non-Fiction
FromHaunted Theaters of the Carolinas, Schiffer Publishing, 2009, Pg. 99:
"Although we generally tend to think of haunted buildings, theaters or otherwise, as historic, mysterious, and often ruined structures, that is not always the case. Many times, a brand new building can come complete with its own ghost, as with ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center. Completed in 2005, ImaginOn is a creative arts facility geared towards promoting education, learning, and the dramatic arts for the younger members of the Charlotte community.
"More than just an area for the performing arts, ImaginOn is a collaboration between the Children's Theater of Charlotte and the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. In addition to two active theater spaces, the building houses a children's library, studio classrooms, interactive exhibits, and a gift shop. Its two theaters...are home to the resident Children's Theater as well as hosting productions by the touring Taradiddle Players, numerous guest artists, and other community programs."
"So…you’re producing a puppet show! You’ve written the script, touched up your stage, and built a cast of characters. What more could you need? On with the show!
"But wait—there’s much more to a puppet production than just the puppet. Although you can create an effective show with only a bare stage and a simple puppet, the technical elements of a theatrical production—sets, props, and in particular, costumes—can add a great deal to your performance and help create the mood for your show. Your puppet is a performer with a role to play, and—just as with human actors—the costume is a large part of defining that role.
"Costuming and costume accessories can greatly expand the ability of your puppet to perform a wide variety of roles. They can also add believability to your puppet’s character as well as help establish the geographical and historical setting of your play (for instance, a little girl dressed in a red hooded cloak and carrying a basket can be none other than Little Red Riding Hood on her way to Grandmother’s house). Your puppet’s costume can show your audience, at a single glance, information about your play that you might otherwise have to verbally explain in your script."