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A shadow-puppet adaptation of the biblical "Book of Jonah," premiering at the 2011 International Animated Objects Festival in Calgary.
A shadow-puppet adaptation of the biblical "Book of Jonah," premiering at the 2011 International Animated Objects Festival in Calgary.
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Nick Trotter, with the help of Emily Anderson Saavedra, is creating a brand-new adaptation of the classic biblical story of Jonah, the reluctant prophet. Using a contemporary take on the ancient techniques of shadow puppetry, we'll illustrate the spectacular spiritual journey that he takes, and explore the gentle satire of a man who foolishly avoids his true calling. The 45-minute show will feature an original score based in Klezmer and Balkan music. It will receive its world premiere at the International Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary, Alberta, this March. The production is designed to be portable and tourable, and will eventually be available for booking and touring from our home base in Denver, Colorado. It is the first production in a planned series of shadow-shows exploring spiritual journeys and comedy from several world cultures.

We're now busily drawing and building puppets out of recycled cardboard, and writing and recording the soundtrack, but we need extra funds to:

• build two custom-made shadow puppetry lights, and the cables and dimmers to run them.
• design and build a portable screen
• buy mirrored plexiglass for special effects
• buy a small, portable PA system for sound
• buy footlockers that can be used to store and transport the entire production
• Fund our travel to Calgary
• pay our trained, professional performers a stipend

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    A handmade replica of the Great Fish puppet, plus a copy of the limited edition, hand-printed woodcut poster.

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    A free performance of the show itself, at the venue of your choice (travel costs, if necessary, to be arranged separately), plus your name in shadows and a copy of the limited edition, hand-printed woodcut poster.

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