Rod Puppets can be created as a 1-week or 2-week residency, with 2nd – 12th graders. This type of puppet is operated from below, using a dowel or stick (“rod”) around which the rest of the puppet is built. Materials are newspaper, tape, paper-mache, cloth, paint, cardboard, and imagination. In a one-week residency, each student will create their own puppet, and learn basics about how to operate it. In a two-week residency, students will create a puppet, and also learn skills in voice, musical sound-effects, story-making, rehearsal and performance. Group-collaboration skills will be emphasized. Each student will experience performing their own original puppet show for others.