Consider the following methods and suggestions for developing new material:
1. Choose material that is of an innovative and expansive nature.
2. Decide if your material is to be for adult or children’s audiences.
3. Collect resource materials and brainstorm ideas.
4. Use scripts, stories, dreams and pictures as a springboard for ideas.
5. Explore the materials by working and reworking ideas through scripting, visualizing, rewriting, storyboarding, maquettes and experimenting with various puppetry styles.
6. Small casts and manageable sets are strongly recommended.
7. Be realistic. Keep it simple. Be aware of time, budget, resources, co-creators and volunteers’ availability, and Puppetmongers’ limitations.
8. Note: It is not possible to have flame or fire on stage.
Feedback during the development process is essential. All participants should be open to comments and suggestions. This process includes the following:
9. All members should be willing to have their work monitored during the development process.
10. Project Initiators, as well as Participants, should remain open to suggestions given by other members and PXL staff. Project Initiators will be responsible for final decisions and direction of the piece.
11. Feedback opportunities include scheduled show-and-tell sessions of puppets, materials, props and sets for other members to make comments and suggestions, and rehearsals monitored by PXL staff.
12. Project Initiators are responsible for arranging visual show-and-tell sessions to the PXL staff, to ensure the work is moving forward.
13. Project Initiators (and any other members who wish to participate) must be willing to participate in feedback sessions with the audience at the end of the public performance.
14. Proper development of your work is critical to the PXL process. If the project does not progress in a timely manner, according to the schedule outlined below, Puppetmongers reserves the right to cancel the project.
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE GUIDELINES
1. Proposals submitted should be for productions not longer than 10 minutes in performance length.
2. The time period for development begins as soon as you are notified and continues through the final performance.
3. A general rule of thumb: Expect 1 hour of rehearsal time for every 1 minute of expected performance. This applies to shows in which the performers already know the dialogue (if any), actions, blocking of the characters, and the style(s) of puppetry to be used.
Important notes on limitations:
1. If there is a time-conflict between Puppetmongers and PXL participants, where Puppetmongers need the studio, they reserve the right to override PXL and use the space for their own needs.
2. If Puppetmongers’ business takes them out of town, events will be rescheduled in consultation with the members of PXL .