I saw this song performed live several years ago and had the opportunity to see these bunraku type puppets up close at a workshop. Joe Bruce and his family are an amazing and talented bunch. I've been wanting to make some trees like this ever since I first saw them and I am finally doing it this year! I'll be posting soon my progress on this project. My trees will be swamp trees and will glow in black light. I am only making two. They are going to be so much fun!
Our team has always used a stage made of PVC for budget reasons. I've reconfigured it a few times over the years. The one we have now is the one I like the best so far. Someone asked me to share it with them so I thought I would post it here in case anyone else was interested. First of all there are 3 parts to the finished stage and one person could put it together alone, but two make it easier. There are two poles that go across the middle horizontally to hold everything together. And there is the actual stage part that folds up like an accordion. Here it is from the side folded up. Here it is unfolded and the two long pieces placed horizontally in the back. One at the top and one lower. This second bar really adds to the stability of the whole stage and keeps puppeteers from moving the back curtain as they go in and out. Here is how we add the curtains. Our curtains are in 4 parts. The front, 2 wings and the back middle. They are all doubled becaus