We can't wait to perform at your child's next birthday party, school event, or community group! Packages included a 30 min. interactive puppetry performance followed by a puppet making activity specifically designed for young audiences, ages 5 and below.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
Pricing will be based on the type of products, size of your group, and add-on workshops and or/ party favors. I can't wait to create an AMAZING puppetry experience tailored specifically for your group!
The first step is to find out information about your event and what type of puppetry experience you are looking for, what are the age of the participants, and what is the venue where the event will take place. Then we can design an AMAZING puppetry experience for you that works with your needs and budget!
I will arrive about 45mins before the event to set up an intimate portable puppet stage, and it takes about 15mins to strike the stage. The puppet show and puppet making activity are especially designed for ages 5 and below, so you can rest assure that you littlest ones will be enchanted and engaged for the whole performance!
Brenda L Huggins is a stage director, dramaturg, and designer working in opera and puppetry. With a deep interest in new works, Brenda has directed many workshops, premieres and new productions of contemporary opera and theater works including The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret by Leanna Kirchoff (2019), An Embarrassing Position by Dan Shore (2016), 334 Bunnies by Francine Trester (2012) at the Longy School of Music, The Rough Faced Girl, a touring children’s opera (2012), Three Women And a Bear at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (2010), The Misery Play at Puppet Showplace Theater (2011), both by Lialia Chepulite, and a workshop of a new play in iambic, Cupid and Psyche by Emily C. A. Snyder, at Emerson College (2009).
Brenda trained in shadow puppetry, varied styles of hand puppetry, giant puppetry, puppets for film, and Toy Theater at Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA from 2010-2013. Since 2011, Brenda has developed and performed a series of short cabaret-style puppet slam works at the Puppet Showplace Theater Slam. In 2013, Brenda developed, produced and directed a puppetry instillation, Beautiful Nightmare with a new music score by Derek Waldron as part of the Fringe Festival at the National Puppetry Festival in Swarthmore, PA in addition to teaching a professional workshop on character voice performance techniques. In 2015, Brenda was commissioned by Juventas New Music Ensemble to develop a new puppetry work bringing to life Stockhausen’s percussion opera, “Nasenflugeltanz” as part of the NEA Funded, Music in Motion program at the American Repertory Theatre’s Club Oberon in Cambridge, MA.
Ms. Huggins is also a passionate teaching artist and arts curriculum developer with an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College with a specialty in Creative Youth Development. She currently serves on the board of a Brooklyn based grassroots non-profit, Vocal Village whose mission is to empower people of color by amplifying the contributions artists of color have made to the art form of opera. Brenda has held artist residencies in shadow puppetry at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Boston MA (2012-2014) and at the Lesley Ellis Elementary and Middle School in Arlington, MA (2014-2015) Brenda has also taught summer youth puppetry intensives at the Wheelock Family Theater (2012-2014) and Puppet Showplace Theater (2012-2015).
As a creator of new work for youth audiences, Brenda was commissioned by Puppet Showplace Theater in 2012 with co-creator Philip Berman to develop a series of interactive puppetry performances with live music for the very young, Puppet Playtime was performed in residence from 2013-2016 and performed on tour across the East Coast including the Cambridge River Fest, Outside the Box Festival, Lawn on D, Boston Children's Museum, Boston First Night, Brookline First Light, Boston Public Library, and many schools and private venues.
Brenda made her NYC directing debut with Cantanti Project’s production of Teseo: Medea at the Abrons Center for the Arts (2019.) As the resident stage director with Opera del West in the Boston area from 2014-2017, Brenda created intimate productions of classical and contemporary opera works including Le Portrait de Manon (2017), Signor Deluso (2017), Don Pasquale (2016), Le nozze di Figaro (2015), and The Seagull (2014).
Brenda is currently the Resident Dramaturg with Guerilla Opera in Boston, MA supporting the development of new works in the inaugural Emergence Composition Fellowship program. Additional dramaturgical projects include Unwrapping Fortune by NYC based composer and librettist, Alicia Lieu (upcoming, 2020) the first workshop of Ghost Variations with OperaRox Productions (2018) at the National Opera Center, the New England Russian Theater Festival at the Boston Playwright’s Theatre (2010), Lucia di Lammermoor with Commonwealth Opera in Northampton, MA (2009), and Serse with Boston Conservatory (2008).
As an adjunct faculty member, Ms. Huggins taught puppetry and arts education techniques at the Urban College of Boston from 2016-2017, and served as the Learning and Leadership Manager at OPERA America in NYC, creating professional development experiences for arts education leaders in the opera field from 2017-2019.
Additional Booking Notes
We will need at least a cleared 4'x4' area to set up the puppet stage, and seating on the floor for the audience is recommended. All materials are included in your package! I will arrive approx 45mins before the show starts to set up, and it takes about 15mins to strike the stage after the show.
Hello Song, itsy bitsy spider, ants go marching, goodbye song. Holiday songs as requested: frosty the snowman, let it snow, jingle bells.
Influences & Inspiration
Bella Monster is a muppet-style mouth and rod puppet, so if your little ones are fans of sesame street or other puppets they might have seen on TV, they will be instant fans!
Min. cleared 10' x 8' space for stage and audience, depending on the size of your group.