To make the most of your Hands 2
Grow production takes some planning. The guidelines below help make the planning
simple and help us all avoid surprises.
Our puppet stage covers an area about 15 feet
long and 8 feet deep. Our back stage area for props, sound equipment,
costuming, etc. covers another 16 by 5 feet. (See the diagram below.)
Height-wise we need at least 8 feet to allow for props and scenery changes.
School gyms, fellowship halls, or open church sanctuaries usually work best.
It is also best -- if at all possible -- to have the puppet stage on the
floor or ground level.
SOUND & LIGHTING
H2G supplies its own sound equipment --
speakers, sound board, mikes. Access to standard electrical outlets is the
only requirement. There are no special lighting requirements. However, it is important not to locate the stage area with backlighting or windows behind it.
SET-UP & TAKE-DOWN TIME
For a full performance, the normal set-up
time is about one hour. This includes time to set up staging, unpack
puppets, props, and equipment, test sound system, and troubleshoot any last
minutes arrangements. Tear-down time is approximately a half-hour.
Arrangements for audience seating are
normally the responsibility of sponsoring church or group. Young children
can sit on floor; however, we do need to keep an approximate circle of 6-8
feet in front of the puppet stage clear for good visibility and for emcee
sections of the program. Please no elevated seating or high bleacher seating. (See Staging diagram above.)
Blacklight puppetry is puppetry performed in
total darkness with special ultraviolet fluorescent lighting. If your
presentation area can be totally darkened, we can offer you this special
type of puppetry with wild, neon colors and characters. (Only available upon special request.)
Outdoor performances can only be held weather
permitting - high wind or rain is a no-no for puppets. Because of our
financial investment in both electrical equipment and puppets, we prefer to
perform under a tent or in a pavilion. Electrical access is important
because of the necessity of sound equipment. While every effort will be made
to honor our commitment to perform, the final decision on whether to perform
or not -- in the outdoor setting -- lies with Hands 2 Grow personnel.
here to open a copy of the Hands 2 Grow
contract for review and printing.
Hands 2 Grow
524 E. Taft Ave.
Appleton, WI 54915