Jessica Neuwirth, Exhibits Director Robin Meisner and Experience Coordinator Mandy Roach and featuring the Museum’s collection of historic Betty Huestis marionettes.
Jessica shared her inspiration for the display: “I look after our
collections – I’ve gone through all of the boxes and documentation and
checked the condition of all of the puppets – so I know the range of
puppets we have, but the same ones are so often used. I wanted everyone
else to come out so I thought, what story could we tell?”
To showcase the lesser-seen marionettes, Jessica conceptualized and
sketched a spirited parade of puppets, which Mandy interpreted to create
a lively and colorful backdrop. During the installation process, they
played off the backdrop to determine what other props were needed.
“I’m really happy with it,” said Jessica. “I’ve seen kids and families taking great pleasure in seeing something new.”
The display will be on view through the spring so see it for yourself and join the parade!