The festival is cock-a-doodle-now
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By designing and building a nine-foot rooster puppet I am utilizing my foundation in: pattern making, sculpting, mold making, fabric paint and dye, puppet building, garment construction and project planning. I will use the skills I have obtained in my master’s program while pushing them to new levels. I chose to challenge myself with a materials budget of only seven hundred dollars when a project of this scale could easily cost fifteen hundred to five thousand. This budget limitation forced me to utilize products and resources already available in our fabric and craft supplies and very carefully plan out where my money would be best served. I feel the task of learning how to build big on a small budget while maintaining quality best emulates a professional theatre setting. My second objective was to learn how to build on a large scale while staying under fifty pounds. It was important to me that this puppet stay light enough to be sustained for a minimum of thirty minutes by a variety of body types. My third objective was to make the puppet to be easily disassembled and transported in my Honda Fit. This project was accepted into the Cohen New Works Festival and concluded with nine live performances of Randy the Rooster and his Farmer Friend improvising with the public. This project will demonstrate not only a technical proficiency but the ability to convey personality and story with a large-scale puppet.