When we took on "A Fish Tale: A Puppet Lantern Play" we had very little experience in creating lantern puppets. Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival Artistic Director, Jamie Skidmore, had made a Salmon template the year before to help sell the project, and had played around a bit with manipulating the willow we would eventually use in puppet construction. It turned out to be a massive job, but the community helped us by building around 15 Salmon and Cod lantern puppets, as well as a few other sea creatures; Nathan Day built an amazing Glooscap puppet (see below); and Skidmore built a bunch more, including a 12' Cod Bone puppet, a Newfoundland dog, and a cat.
It was wonderful getting the young kids from our communities to be a part of our shows each night. Besides presenting multiple shows in Isle aux Morts, we also travelled to Corner Brook and presented an outdoor performance in a park.
We'll be back again in July 2018 to present "A Fish Tale" on Saturday nights from July 7 to 28th.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and supporters: Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Town of Isle aux Morts, Qalipu First Nation, The Office of Engagement at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and ArtsNL.