STEELE CREEK NEWS
Up with Puppets at Steele Creek Library
2005) Are you a 12
to 18 year-old and interested in puppetry? From January to April of
this year, a group of interested teens has been meeting on Thursday
afternoons at Steele Creek Library. Their goal is to perform several
puppet plays for children and their families during a Saturday
morning family program at the end of April. Each week the teens are
enjoying the process of learning puppet manipulation, expression,
and why it is important to use puppetry with children. There have
been a lot of hands-on opportunities each week, from playing puppet
charades to actually going through the process of selecting puppet
scripts and performing dress rehearsals for shows. The teens spent
several sessions deciding on a name for their troupe and finally
voted on calling themselves the “Kickin’ Creek Puppet Clique.”
Teens have been instrumental in getting out the word by promoting
the troupe. An especially big thank you should go to Hai-y who has
promoted this program through class announcements and club meetings
at her school.
Teens have been gaining lots of valuable experience during these
bi-monthly meetings. Jill states, “I enjoy being with children and
like being able to perform but appreciate the secure feeling of
being behind a puppet stage when performing. The attention is then
shifted away from me and to the puppets.” Jennifer also added, “I
enjoy working with children and this is an invaluable experience
since I will be a camp counselor this summer. I hope to use my
experience working with children to increase my ability to interact
with children.” Hopefully Jennifer can take her puppet skills with
her and incorporate puppet shows at summer camp.
It has been an overall great experience for both teens and staff.
Britany confirms the benefit of this experience, “This is better
than a movie or the mall. This is an awesome experience where I get
to gain confidence.” Mekeda agrees, “A good experience that is lots
of fun is what I would say about the puppet troupe.”
“Everyone can have fun performing with puppets for the public,”
shares Talina. Future potential clique members should call Steele
Creek Library at 704-588-4345 and ask to speak to the young adult or
Article written by the following staff at Steele Creek Library:
Emily Nanney, Jeanenne Robinson, Tammy Sickmon, and Mercede Walker.
Steele Creek Library web site for more information about
the library and its programs.