- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada, Province / Territory - Ontario
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1971/01/01
- Latest 1971/12/31
- Materials Wood, Papier-mâché, Metal, Textile, Foam, Mammal wool, Mammal leather
- Measurements Height 120.0 cm, Width 34.0 cm, Depth 15.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a theatre production
- Additional Information The Little Humpback Horse, 1972
- Caption Toronto Guild of Puppetry
The Toronto Guild of Puppetry, organized in 1953, actively served as a volunteer training ground for amateur puppeteers in Toronto until it was dissolved in 1989. From the early 1960s on, the Guild's activities centred on an annual production using hand puppets, marionettes, and rod puppets. Members worked cooperatively on these large-scale shows, which were presented as a means of raising operating funds for the groups. A number of the Guild's early members became semi-professional, and some went on to make puppetry a career.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking : Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Rod Puppet
Generally, the term "rod puppet" refers to a category of puppet which is manipulated from below with rods. Usually a central rod supports the head, while two smaller rods control the arms. In some cases, the central rod can be concealed by the puppet's costume. Often, the torso and arms are not fixed to the central rod supporting the head, enabling the head to move independently from the body. In other variations, the torso and arms of the puppet are fixed, like the head, to the central rod. When the puppet is not a humanoid figure, a series of rods may replace the central rod - as with a snake, for example. The term "rod puppet" can also imply any use of rods to animate the puppet, whether the puppet is controlled from below, from above (e.g., for the rod marionette, for which some authors use the term "rod puppet"), or on the same plane (e.g., with the bunraku-style puppet, which some authors also classify as a rod puppet). Strings are sometimes added to the rod puppet. When these are pulled, they allow the puppeteer to articulate other parts of the body, such as mouth, eyes and legs.