1. It has puppets!
Like the title suggests The Junior Mighty Little Puppet Show has puppets in it…but these puppets are like nothing you’ve seen before. This brand-new show is specifically designed for kids, but parents will be sure to have a brilliant time as well!
What’s unique about our puppets? They have been custom-built by the extremely talented people at The Puppet Workshop specifically for improvised puppetry.
After making their debut at last years’ Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a more adult orientated format, our puppets (called The Ritas) are thrilled to be back for MICF 2017. The Ritas are brightly coloured and blank-faced, and we have large selection of eyes & noses that can be attached and removed to The Ritas whenever – and however – we want!
This means we can create new and exciting puppet characters for every performance.
2. Kids can create the characters!
That’s right, the Ritas were specifically created so new puppet characters could be created before each scene. In The Junior Mighty Little Puppet Show the audience will be able to see the characters built before their very eyes, and have the opportunity to vote on their favourite eyes and noses to create characters from!
Some lucky kids will even be able to put the eyes and noses right on to invent the new puppet faces. We wanted our puppets have the potential to be just as spontaneous as the scenes they will be in.
3. It’s a choose your own adventure style show
Not only does the audience play a role in creating the characters, you also get to choose which story you want to see through to the end! Audience members get to vote on which character’s story you want to see continue at each stage, and watch our improvisers build a narrative around that choice!
4. We have an amazing troupe of improvising puppeteers!
For this show we handpicked performers from the Melbourne Comedy and Improvisation community who have experience with puppetry.
It takes an intensely focused performer to improvise while operating a puppet and it takes a very humble, generous performer to improvise in a scene with one.
We’ve really lucked out.
For MICF 2017 we have: Amanda Knights, Caitlin Yolland, Corey Glamuzina, David Innes, Hallie Goodman, Jaime G. Cerda, Jaklene Vukasinovic, Petra Elliott and Scott McAteer
5. We have a sensational host!
Our amazing host Rob Lloyd has been working professionally as an actor, comedian & improviser for over 15 years. Rob is also the star of the ABC Me educational adventure series Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver. Rob is the Artistic Director of The Mighty Littles and is excited to host The Junior Mighty Little Puppet Show.
The Junior Mighty Little Puppet Show is on at The Melbourne Town Hall from April 1 at 2.15