- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1971/01/01
- Latest 1971/12/31
- Materials Bird feather, Wood, Metal, Bamboo, Textile
- Measurements Height 20.0 cm, Width 27.0 cm, Thickness 7.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Senile Cinderella
- Additional Information Fifty years after the original ball, the Prince is still single, and he must hold a grand ball to finally choose a bride. Cinderella wants to go, but feels she can't. Then her Fairy Godmother appears and gives her a gorgeous wig, a new dress and a set of false teeth! Excerpt from exhibition text: Strings, Springs and Finger Things: A New Puppet Collection at the Museum, May 1996 to August 1998
- Caption Character from a theatre production
- Additional Information Senile Cinderella, 1971
- 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.
- 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.