The Bank Family Days: Giant Puppet Party w/ Carousel Players – Dec 13, 2020
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Join puppet designer and puppeteer Alexa Fraser as she teaches you how to make your very own puppet. Afterwards, you and your puppet can join in a dance with Carousel Players’ Giant Puppet, Nadine the Ondine.
Host, Carousel Players is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected professional theatre for young audience companies. Founded in 1972, Carousel has performed 217 productions to more than 2.8 million children, youth and families predominantly in the Niagara Region. Carousel has an active new play development program, outreach and theatre school programs, and plays a vital role in the theatre community, both in Niagara and across Canada.
Host Artist, Alexa Fraser is a Puppet Maker and Puppeteer, Designer and Seamstress and Textile Artist, from St.Catharines, Ontario. With a B.Des in Fashion Design from Ryerson University, Alexa has worked as a Technical Designer for Abercrombie and Fitch Co. in Columbus, Ohio (2006-2008), in the Tailoring Department at the Shaw Festival (2014 and 2015 seasons), as the Head of Wardrobe for Carousel Players since 2015 and as the Wardrobe and Props Coordinator for the Foster Festival’s 2019 Christmas show. Alexa has designed costumes for theatre in Niagara and Toronto, including Lig and Bittle (2020), The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito (2019) and iChild (2016) for Carousel Players, the NOTL Sesquicentennial Committee Canada 150 Play (2017), and Antigonick at Summerworks Theatre Festival (2014, co-design with Clelia Scala). Alexa has displayed textile and installation art in many solo and group exhibits, teaches textile art and puppet making workshops and makes and performs puppets. Some recent puppetry credits include the In the Soil Arts Festival (2019 and 2020), the Niagara Falls Night of Art (2019), St.Catharines Culture Days (2018 and 2019), Vaux-De-Ville at the St.Catharines Performing Arts Centre (2016, co-puppet creation and performance with Clelia Scala) and the NOTL Sesquicentennial Committee Canada 225 Play (2017). Alexa has studied puppetry construction and performance with David Lane at the New England Puppetry Intensive, the Puppetmongers and CLUNK Puppet Lab at the Humber College Puppetry Intensive and with Frank Meschkuleit and Mike Petersen at the Toronto School of Puppetry.
The Bank Family Days, produced by Femmes du Feu Creations, is a series of arts & culture events full of engaged activities for families and people of all ages. Activities will take place digitally and at home. Registration is required, but all events are FREE! Each event will include a take home kit with supplies for the activity. Each event will include a series of online videos to watch, a craft to do at home, and an interactive Zoom meeting with the lead artist.
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