- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada, Province / Territory - Ontario
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1972/01/01
- Latest 1972/12/31
- Materials Foam, Wood, Papier-mâché
- Measurements Height 38.6 cm, Length 35.0 cm, Width 22.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a television production
- Additional Information Waterville Gang, CFTO (CTV), 1972-1973. Waterville Gang was created and written by Barry Rosenberg. The puppets were designed by Mr. Rosenberg and built by Frog Print Theatre. Nikki Tilroe, Director of Frog Print Theatre, was head puppeteer and members of her troupe manipulated the puppets while actors provided the voices.
- Caption Frog Print Theatre
Americans Nikki and Bob Tilroe brought their company Frog Print Theatre to Canada in 1968. Their innovative productions and their training of other puppeteers made them a major influence in Ontario puppetry. Combining their backgrounds in dance and television, the Tilroes became active in stage and television puppetry (often on TV Ontario), until they returned to the United States in the 1980s. Before her death in 2005, Nikki Tilroe gave classes in movement and manipulation across North America, and she and her husband collaborated on several puppetry and movement books. Both Tilroes were active in the Ontario Puppetry Association and Puppeteers of America. Under the direction of Bohuslov Olsina, the company received a UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry in 1974, for their production Mimi and Toto.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking : Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Marotte
The marotte is the most elementary form of rod puppet. Originally, the word marotte referred to a jester's stick: a wand topped with a head that was trimmed with particoloured ribbons and bells. Today, the term marotte refers to a puppet controlled from below with a single central rod. In French, the term marotte can be used even when other rods are added to control the arms, as long as the head and limbs of the marotte are fixed to the central rod and move on the same axis as the stick (see also Rod Puppet).
Marotte à main prenante (Alternate name: Human-Arm Marotte)
This French expression à main prenante is the equivalent of the English "human arm", and is used when one of the puppeteer's hands becomes the hand - and thus an integral part - of the puppet. The French term marotte à main prenante is preferred whenever the puppet is a marotte. The puppeteer controls a central rod with one of his or her hands, while the other hand becomes a hand of the puppet itself. Sometimes two puppeteers share animation of the marotte, thus giving it two "human" hands.