" Schemes and Dreams of the Chipper Chopping Chums"
My first marketing endeavor was to create and produce my first road show, a theatrical puppetry company, while I was in graduate school.
It was a puppet show, named “Voco Poco Puppets” to match my extensive teaching experience in theatrical productions. As a family creative, team project, we performed a variety of seasonal shows at shopping centers.
Our ’Voco Poco Puppets’ back-to-school Fall promotionals was publicized as: “The Schemes and Dreams of the Chipper Chopping Chums”.
The Script: Our featured ventriloquist puppets dreamed of
being super stars like Wonder Woman and Superman. They thought they could reach
those imaginative roles by dreaming about the fantasy world and that somehow it
would become a reality.
And sometimes, dreams do come true.
Subsequently, Madeline and Wayne moved on to the Edutainment world to create better lives for many through instructional games to enhance cognition.
The family wrote and scripted the comedy and songs for each event. An electric piano was purchased for Mark, and as an advanced pianist by age 11, he welcomed a paid professional role performing current "Pop and Rock" pre-shows that attracted large crowds for the puppet dramas.
Progressing from public school teaching to my own company with a film studio, my lighting, and sound stage with a continuing coursework background, was included for the updated Bridge to Achievement film work.
Interestingly, the featured Butch and Lily
puppets had been early 1940s Hollywood figures that appeared as comedy
nightclub stage acts in
She later bestowed Butch as an addition to my ongoing creative instructional film work. She explained that “I don’t want Butch ending up in a stored box”.
And, indeed he didn't.
View Lily and Butch O'Malley below in Lucille Elmore's 1940's stage acts:
The characters' vocal cadence have offered over 85 years of cheerful, comforting, reassuring glow to give a viewer a sense of well-being.
The puppets had transferred themselves from 3-Dimensional stage players to a filmed 5-Dimensional rotating, instructional visual-sound system. These role models became successful tools for cognitive skills training.
Puppets as role models generate research outcomes