- 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, Metal, Wood
- Measurements Height 22.5 cm, Length 103.0 cm, Width 36.5 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 Mouth Puppet
(Alternate name: Moving Mouth Puppet)
A type of hand puppet in which the mouth is articulated. It is usually made of flexible materials, allowing the thumb to be inserted into the lower jaw while the remaining fingers control the upper jaw. The puppet's jaws can thus be opened and closed, simulating speech.
Definition inspired by the Kenneth B. McKay book, Puppetry in Canada: An Art to Enchant, published by the Ontario Puppetry Association. Copyright 1980
Mouth and Rod Puppet
Mouth puppet in which the arms are controlled with rods. Manipulation can either be undertaken by a single puppeteer who controls the mouth with one hand and the two rods with the other, or by two puppeteers, allowing a greater range of arm movement.
Mouth and Human-Arm Puppet
The term "human arm" is used when one of the hands of the puppeteer become a hand - and thus an integral part - of the puppet. The puppeteer controls the head - or the mouth, in the case of a mouth puppet - with one of his or her hands, while the other hand becomes the hand of the puppet itself. Sometimes, two puppeteers share animation of the puppet, thus giving the puppet two "human" hands. When the puppet is a marotte, the French term marotte à main prenante is preferred.