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New Audrey Two Puppets in the Works

New Audrey Two Puppets in the Works

Swazzle is adding a new set of Audrey Two puppets to it’s current crop of rental puppets. Little Shop of Horrors, is still very popular among high schools and local theaters – In fact, this year, Swazzle’s Little Shop puppets were book out solid from January to June! This second set of plant puppets will […]

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New Swazzle Workshop Ready to Rock

New Swazzle Workshop Ready to Rock

We are finally all moved into our new space! We’re located in the same complex that we were before, but the new workshop is bigger so we have more office space, more storage space, and more importantly more puppet building space. The front office has a nice display of puppets from a variety of shows […]

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Avenue 2

Avenue 2

Swazzle is hard at work constructing a second set of Avenue Q rental puppets, soon to be available for productions of Avenue Q and Avenue Q School Edition. Here is a shelf of L-200 bodies cut and assembled by Eri Hawkins based on patterns developed by Sean and Patrick Johnson and Artie Esposito.  

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New Puppet Build

New Puppet Build

Swazzle’s puppet builders are hard at work creating a batch of large-scale puppets for an upcoming video production. We can’t give any details about the project yet, but the puppets have given the builders an opportunity to work with a unique assortment of materials.

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Dream Carver in Tech

Dream Carver in Tech

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Transforming Backdrop

Transforming Backdrop

   

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Dream Carver Backdrop

Dream Carver Backdrop

When Swazzle’s bilingual, musical puppet production Dream Carver hits the stage on April 14th, it will feature a hand-painted 30×20-foot backdrop. Designed by Patrick Johnson based on illustrations from the Dream Carver picture book, the backdrop is being painted by Mia Campagna, the lead scenic artist at the Pasadena Playhouse since 2004. While at the […]

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Creating Conejo

Creating Conejo

A pivotal moment in Swazzle’s bilingual musical puppet show Dream Carver is when the young hero, Mateo, dreams that vibrantly colored magical animals sing to him and encourage him to carve them to life.? Quetzal, a brightly colored South American bird, and Rosa, a pink jaguar with yellow spots, have appeared in this sequence in […]

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Peek Behind the Dream Carver Curtain

Peek Behind the Dream Carver Curtain

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Swazzle’s new theatrical puppet production Dream Carver, showing at the Samueli Theater April 14th and 15th.

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Wildfire Paint

Wildfire Paint

Swazzle’s new bilingual, musical puppet show Dream Carver incorporates a 20-by-30-foot backdrop featuring a pastoral Mexican landscape painted by Mia Campagna, lead scenic painter at the Pasadena Playhouse. During the song “Nothing to Fear,” the backdrop will transform into a fluorescent dreamscape with the aid of invisible Wildfire Paint, the UV luminescent paint preferred by […]

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