- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1973/01/01
- Latest 1973/12/31
- Materials Foam, Textile, Metal
- Measurements Height 96.5 cm, Width 10.6 cm, Depth 9.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a theatre production
- Additional Information Glooscap's People, Madoonak the Stormmaker (remounted as The Wabenaki), The Journey, 1974-1981. Productions based on Micmac legends.
- Caption Mermaid Theatre of Nova-Scotia
Founded in 1972, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, a leading Canadian company, has played an important role in the development of puppetry arts in the Maritimes. With the help of a government grant, the company was co-founded by three artists: Evelyn Garbary, an actress and playwright (originally from Wales), who was Director of Drama at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Tom Miller, an art teacher from Detroit, who became the company's Artistic Director, and Sara Lee Lewis, who became a Member of the order of Canada in 2000 and continues to serve as the company's Managing Director. Mermaid Theatre's current Artistic Director, Jim Morrow, has been active with the company since 1978. Often drawing on children's literature, the company's innovative theatre for young audiences has gained considerable acclaim, with productions that tour both nationally and internationally. Mermaid Theatre is also recognized for its extensive school tours and involvement in the local community. In 1998, the company founded the Institute of Puppetry Arts, aimed at elevating the art of puppetry through a diverse range of workshops, which are offered locally and abroad. In 2008, Mermaid Theatre established the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor, Nova Scotia, offering a range of venues from an intimate stage to a larger auditorium.
- 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.