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Forum topic by DATAfiend posted 09-21-2012 03:32 AM 1301 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2012 03:32 AM

Hey all, this is may be a bit unusual. My 3 yr old is getting into puppets and has a cardboard puppet theatre (temporarily). I’m going to start a puppet theatre project and maybe be you guys might have a suggestion or 2. I’m probably going to make it about 4’ high and 4’ wide and 4’ deep. Probably add a small ighting section (i’m thinking christmas lights) and of course a curtain pulley system.

Any pointers on design,

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 04:24 AM

This sounds interesting. I would think that a puppet theater would be mostly a facade? Like a 3 sided form, (not necessarily square either, perhaps more trapezoidal from a plan view) Route out the opening in the front piece of plywood. Maybe put a small ledge on the bottom of the opening.

I would also say it might be nice to have a fabric or screen section beneath the opening to allow your son’s voice to be heard from behind the wall.

I think it could be done very nicely out of 3/4 plywood and some nice paints.

Post up the pics!

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 06:18 PM

My opinion is to make it 3 sided like Jacob suggested. I would also add hinges so that the 2 short sides can fold in against the front to make it easy for moving and storage.

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 06:37 PM

Heh… I won’t go too far, because I do have quite a bit of experience in this area…

But… No one has had any suggestions for height. I would recommend, have your 3yr old stand on their knees, and be straight up, Make the top of the “stage” be a couple inches above their head (more and use a stool or risers if you expect them to keep using it when they grow taller).

3 sided works fine, but generally, having a back drop is nice too. Makes it easier to see the puppet. (I have no idea what you’re using for a puppet, though)

I’ve had quite a bit of experience with this matter, though not very often on this small of a scale lol
in case you were curious...

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