Why hire The Tanglewood Puppets?
We do shows for all ages and all occasions. Fees for the greater Triangle area are usually $100 per show, (a show lasts from 30 to 45 minutes depending on the age of the audience). I do give a discount for venues doing more than one show on the same day. Shows are live and interactive, with the puppets encouraging the audience to talk back to them and become part of the show. The puppets are original hand puppets and some rod puppets, and all the dialogue and music are live, never canned.
I need at least a four by four space, hopefully indoors, though I am working on a Gypsy Puppet wagon to take to outdoor fairs and festivals. Set up and take down times are about thirty minutes before and after a show. I also do puppet walk-arounds with my giant Dragon. I have been a professional puppeteer since 1969, and belong to The Puppeteers of America and The Puppetry Guild of the Carolinas.
Mac McCord: Owner/puppet maker and puppeteer
My main influences are Burr Tillstrom, Jiri Trinka and Jim Henson, who I was lucky enough to have known back in the seventies. I also cite the works of Joeseph Campbell as a strong cultural and artistic influence.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 30 - 50 minutes
We do original shows based on folklore from around the world, with a strong emphasis on FUN! We now have stages ranging fronm a small portable 'walking' stage to a four by four theater stage, all showcasing our original hand puppets. Our shows are very interactive and also have musical and pantomime interludes for the youngest patrons. Shows can be enjoyed on many levels and are colorful, wacky and whimsical.
Our shows are completely self contained. I bring my own sound system and lighting and have performed in coffee shops, on the street, in libraries,bookstores, in living rooms and on stages and school auditoriums. I prefer to use my own equipment whenever possible to avoid technical difficulties. We try and keep things VERY simple; we do not use canned music or dialogue and all music and sound is done live during the show. I have small puppets for small venues and six foot dragons for outdoor parades and bigger shows. We generally need about thirty minutes to set up and then breakdown after the show.
2009: 6 gigs
2010: 8 gigs
2011: 14 gigs
2012: 1 gigs
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Parade, Private Party, Restaurant