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Alumni Activities: Fine Arts Puppet Show


by Alumni notes - 1922

At a fall meeting of the Fine Arts Club of Teachers College, suggestions were made concerning the starting of a new "Hobby" group. The speaker of the evening, Professor Grace Cornell, had a great many suggestions to offer and Miss Lucia Dement explained how a group might write the play for, and produce, an original American Indian puppet show.

At a fall meeting of the Fine Arts Club of Teachers College, suggestions were made concerning the starting of a new "Hobby" group. The speaker of the evening, Professor Grace Cornell, had a great many suggestions to offer and Miss Lucia Dement explained how a group might write the play for, and produce, an original American Indian puppet show.


Indian art being held in high esteem by the fine arts department, the club decided it would be interesting to place before the public a type of work that had not been done before. Professor Arthur W. Dow, very much impressed with the idea, took a keen interest in the work, and aided the group in every possible way.


Miss Beatrice Ritchie, Miss Pattie Pratt, and Mr. Friebis Siegfried assisted in organizing the various groups and soon gathered a group of assistants who in a short time learned to manipulate puppets.


The puppets' heads were modeled out by students of the clay working class under Mr. Charles B. Upjohn. The bodies were constructed by another group. Miss Marion Miller, having made a study of Zuni art with the help of Dr. Pliny Earle Goddard at the Museum of Natural History, assisted the costume group in creating the wardrobe.


The stage was placed in an opening between a studio and its adjoining locker room, the latter being used as the "wings." The lower surrounding parts of the double doors being decorated with Indian design, the upper half made a suitable stage front. Miss Ritchie and Miss Ryah R. Ludins designed very unusual stage sets. Mr. Siegfried worked out interesting and unique lighting effects with the help of tin cans and standards belonging to dress models.


On February 10 a performance was given for the benefit of the Alumni Fund, and from the proceeds the club was enabled to contribute about fifty dollars to the fund. Additional performances are being planned with the hope of increasing the contribution.



Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 23 Number 2, 1922, p. 197-197
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4256, Date Accessed: 5/27/2022 11:14:10 AM

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