The Comical Misadventures of Mr Punch
The Comical Misadventures of Mr. Punch is a 45-minute traditional hand puppet performance. The show travels in a van with two performers who will also load-in and set up. The performers include a one-person band (travels across stage) and a puppeteer (concealed in a 4’ x 4’ booth that is 8’ tall). Set-up can be accomplished in most venues within an hour. Mr Punch is designed to be flexible, and can be performed on a proscenium or thrust stage, black box or even outdoors.
SET: The set includes one 4’ x 4’ x 8’ tall puppet booth (downstage center). The minimal playing area is 12’ x 12.’
LIGHTS: Mr. Punch requires only a general lighting wash downstage covering 8-10’ from the front apron. Special Lighting travels with the show and is attached to the booth and controlled by puppeteer.
SOUND: Mr Punch uses one wireless headset mic (XLR) that travels with the show. We may also bring an iPod with pre-show and post-show music to be operated from the sound booth.
HOSPITALITY: The Company requests the following to be backstage in between events on days in which more than one activity has been scheduled (times will be advanced by Tour Manager):
- Filtered water
- Fruit tray (e.g. grapes, apples, oranges)
- Vegetarian snack tray (e.g. pita bread, hummus, carrots)
MINIMUM STAGE DIMENSIONS:
- Depth: 12’ (back wall to lip of stage)
- Width – 12’ at proscenium
- Height – 8’ mandatory
DRESSING ROOMS: At least one dressing room with adequate heating, hot water and toilets separate from public must be provided.
PARKING: Parking for one van is required.
FRONT OF HOUSE: Late seating is allowed. We will require a minimum of 2’ x 5’ x 8’ tall to set up our Merchandise booth.
SAMPLE WORK SCHEDULE: Production requires exclusive use of Theater for duration of load-in and performance. Below is typical for a small to mid-sized theater space. Outdoor or unusual space can also be accommodated. The schedule below is a sample assuming performances at 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Your schedule may vary, and will be forwarded by our Tour Manager.
4:00 pm: Call, warm up
4:30 pm: Puppeteer call onstage, house opens
5:00 pm: Presenter introduction, show begins
5:45 pm: Show ends, Company returns for Q&A
6:00 pm: Clean up and pack props
6:30 pm: Company load out, departs with audience, greet children.
11:00 am: Company arrives, load-in and set up
12:00 pm: Sound check, warm-up
12:30 pm: Puppeteer call onstage, house opens
1:00 pm: Presenter introduction, show begins
1:45 pm: Show ends, Company returns for Q&A
2:00 pm: Clean up and re-set props
2:30 pm: Company lunch and break with audience, greet children.