Friday, 3 July 2015

Call for Puppet Handlers

This is a call for the exciting position of Puppet Handlers (see job description below). This is a fun role for confident people, which allows you to be involved in the welcome of athletes to our region and in the celebration of our home. This role requires a fair amount of standing as well as a need to hold and move large, tall puppets for a period of time, within a very large group of people. The team of puppet handlers will be led by sculptor and performance artist Robin VanLear, who is Artistic Director of the Community Arts department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Robin’s biography can be seen here: This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in performance and puppetry, under the direction of an experienced professional.

The Opening Ceremony is on Friday, August 7 at Shell Place. Preshow begins at 7:30 pm, main show starts at 8:15 pm and ends at 10:00 pm. Training and rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for August 5 and 7.

We would love to have you participate in the Opening Ceremony! Please let us know by July 3, 2015, if you would like to be assigned to this role by emailing Diana Moser at or 587-674-1625 x.102. Please include any related performance experience and special skills (acting, improv, combat, clowning, athletics, etc.), and your height. Thank you for your support and we look forward to hearing back from you!

 Job Description – Puppet Handlers

- 12 volunteers needed

- Roles will be during the Jump & Jive part (3 giant bird fabric puppets) and the Open Sky part (one 8 foot puppet, four 6 foot puppets, and two 7 foot puppets) of the Opening Ceremony

-Also be a part of the Finale of the Opening Ceremony

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