Why hire Friends Forever Puppets?
Friends Forever Puppets have been entertaining kids and families for decades. At one time there were over 350 original puppet characters. They have been seen on TV in 26 countries, on CTV network across Canada for five years. They have entertained at the CNE, PNE, Man His World, numerous kids festivals, schools, churches and fairs. Ken is also a motivational speaker and encourager.
Ken also teaches puppetry, manipulation techniques, script writing, voicing, puppet making and more. These family shows mix lots of music and fun into a variety show format with audience participation. It is no wonder that people talk about the event long after it is over.
Ken has written over 100 scripts for television as well as a variety of music videos. He has taught puppetry, character development, and script writing to both adults and students in classrooms and auditorium settings. Ken Bishop has performed in countless schools, jamborees, festivals and community functions with his creative puppetry. Believing that "laughter is the best medicine", his puppets never fail to bring a smile to every face.
The performances are in the style of a variety show with lively contemporary songs and fast action skits and dialogue by one or more puppet character hosts. This works well, especially during a festival where the audience is moving about or coming midway through a presentation. In this way people will not miss a "storyline" and can enjoy the performance at any point. These shows are designed to fit the venue with the intended audience or theme in mind. There are a multitude of characters like Stevie Wonder, Sting, the Stray Cats, Cowboy Troy, Elvis, and many others.
Besides puppetry, Ken also enjoys motivational speaking to youth and adults and presenting messages of hope and encouragement which will not be forgotten.
Ken Bishop: Puppeteer, instructor, speaker, emcee, writer, owner
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 20 - 60 minutes
The performances are a variety of music styles and interaction with the audience. There is truly something for each member of the family in these shows and you will want to get the camera ready for the human-hand character as a couple volunteers from the audience assist in making him alive. Lately this character has been getting additional volunteers to be involved in his makeshift band, all wearing some sort of a hat. It is always fun and a memorable time for everyone. We are serious about laughter!
Short Bio: Ken Bishop has performed at various venues throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico, including the Edmonton Folk Festival, Man and His World in Montreal, Canadian National Exhibition, Children's Festival, Gospel Jamboree and the Pacific National Exhibition. He was the owner of a puppet company called the Kenuppets and performed four days a week for five consecutive years from his castle at West Edmonton Mall. Ken also starred on Storytime , a Saturday morning kids program, which aired across Canada on the CTV network for over five years and in 26 countries. He has had the pleasure of working with many celebrities and singers. All of his puppets are original and at one time he owned over 350 characters.
a minimum space of 8' X 8' with no overlooking balconies to this area
Lighting if necessary.
Sound system headset mic for large venues.
Varies on the event.
The Friends Forever Puppet Theatre sits on the ground or on a stage. It is 8' X 8' and the puppet characters come out of a height of about 5' 8" high so they can be seen from a fair ways back. The area at that height should be well lit and for bigger events we would use the house system and one headset mic.
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Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Church Service, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Retreat, Seminar, Trade Show, Workshop
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