- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada, Province / Territory - Ontario
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1978/01/01
- Latest 1978/12/31
- Materials Acetate, Cardboard, Metal, Wood, Rubber
- Measurements Height 83.5 cm, Width 46.0 cm, Depth 2.5 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a theatre production
- Additional Information You Gotta Change the People
- 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 Shadow Figure
(Alternate name: Shadow Puppet)
This category of puppet is manipulated from behind a backlit screen. When the shadow figure - usually two-dimensional - glides parallel to the screen, it blocks the light and creates a shadow on the side of the screen facing the audience. Shadow figures can be articulated or not. They can be controlled with vertical or horizontal rods, sometimes combined with strings, or - more rarely - held by hand against the screen. Shadow figures can be opaque, providing a silhouette effect, or translucent and coloured. They are made of materials ranging from leather to metal, cardboard to plastic, and even theatrical lighting filters. Shadow theatre is very popular in Asia.
Definition inspired by the Kenneth B. McKay book, Puppetry in Canada: An Art to Enchant, published by the Ontario Puppetry Association. Copyright 1980