- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1965/01/01
- Latest 1975/12/31
- Inscription (on front/devant) OOSaCanUC
- Materials Textile, Wood, Synthetic adhesive
- Measurements Height 48.0 cm, Length 184.5 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Ken and Dorothy McKay
In addition to performing with their own marionettes, Ken and Dorothy McKay were active in various puppetry organizations, including the Hamilton Marionette Club, the Hamilton Junior Marionette Club, the Southwestern Ontario Puppetry Guild, and the Ontario Puppetry Association. Ken is Past-President of Puppeteers of America, and has served in various capacities with UNIMA-Canada (the Canadian branch of Union Internationale de la Marionette), UNIMA-International, and the Ontario Puppetry Association. He is the author of Puppetry in Canada: An Art to Enchant (1980) and was Curator of the former Puppet Centre in Toronto. Dorothy McKay was the Puppet Centre's first Director. For their contribution to puppetry, both Ken and Dorothy were named Honorary Members of the Ontario Puppetry Association.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking : Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Nancy A. Cole
Nancy A. Cole worked as a puppeteer for over 30 years. She trained with
George and Elizabeth Merten in the late 1950s and became involved with the Toronto Guild of Puppetry. Working with Lori Bucan, and later with Christiane Mioglio-Barker, Cole's company, The Friendly Puppet People, performed extensively throughout Ontario. Since then, her one-person shows have been widely imitated in both Canada and the United States. With Ken McKay, Cole developed a company called O.O. Sa. Can. U.C. Puppeteers, which produced shows for an adult audience. She also worked on CBC Television's Mr. Dressup. Cole was active in the Puppeteers of America, and was instrumental in creating a Canadian branch of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette). She also served as president of the Ontario Puppetry Association in 1979.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking: Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.