Puppetry of Asia - School Assembly Page

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Mr. Damon brings hi-energy and fun theater experiences to kids of all ages.  Audiences will take a journey through puppets, music, creativity  and fun!  He has performed at schools, theaters, and libraries across the Southeast USA.  Mr. Damon is a Georgia Council for the Arts teaching artist and Lead Teaching Artist at the Center for Puppetry Arts.  His shadow puppets have been featured at Dragon Con, the Great World Lodge, and on Marvel's Hawkeye on Disney+.

Traveling the Silk Road with Puppetry of Asia
Adventure along the silk road with Mr. Damon and Fidget the Squirrel as we explore fascinating Asian puppetry traditions!  This captivating performance includes mythical storytelling, authentic musical instruments and cultural traditions, comedy, and audience participation.  This is a favorite among teachers and students for its entertaining demonstration of history, music, stories, and puppetry traditions of Asian cultures.

Trailer Video: Puppetry of Asia (Traveling the Silk Road)

"Our students were absolutely rapt at every performance and were tremendously excited to see his work. He is a consummate performer and teacher, and engages every age level with such enthusiasm and joy; it's infectious. We have asked him back year after year, and he is a highlight of our program. He's educational and entertaining; you can't ask for a better combination!" - Dierdre Paschall, Roswell North Elementary School

Asian cultures covered:

  * Glove Puppets
  * Chinese Shadow Puppets
  - Story: Madam Li and the Emperor
    * Shadow: Tholu bommalata (Andhra Pradesh)
    * String:  
Kathputli (Rajisthani) - Story: Amar Sing Rathor
THAILAND: Shadow Puppets
 -Story: Hanuman the Hero
    *  Bunraku / Ningo Jouri

Here is a link to a studio video of the show:
Please note:  The live version will tell some of these stories and show many of the same puppets.  When performed live there will be audience interaction energy and students will be brought up to play the characters of the stories as Mr. Damon narrates.

TECHNICAL RIDER for PUPPETRY OF ASIA - Mr. Damon's Shadow Puppet Theater

  • For shadow puppet segments, we will need someone to be available to turn off the room lights during the performance
  • Staging area: 10' wide x 10' deep
  • 2 large tables and 1 power outlet on the stage
  • Audience access to stage by steps or ramp for audience participants
  • Load in and Set up requires 1.5 hours prior to show.  Strike requires about an hour to pack up the show.
  • Performance duration: 45 minutes
  • Sound: If there is a PA at the venue we will require 1 RCA input for music and 1 1/4 input for the wireless microphone.  If no PA, I can provide one.

Mr. Damon's cell phone is 678-575-0993     Thank you very much for having me!