The world of puppetry is vast and the impact of puppetry is huge. The use of puppets to entertain adults and children alike is almost as ancient a practice as storytelling itself. The use of puppetry as a bright spot in the world is the main driving force behind a brand new project that Muppet Fans may be interested in. Even better, Muppet fans can be a part of it! They can be a part of Kathy Mullen and Michael K. Frith‘s newest project with their company No Strings USA.
For those who don’t know, Kathy Mullen performed Mokey Fraggle and Cotterpin Doozer on Fraggle Rock. She was a major performer for the Muppets on The Muppet Show, The Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, and also in The Empire Strikes Back. Michael Frith is the former Head of Creative Services and Executive Vice President for the Muppets, responsible for the look and feel of countless Muppets and Fraggles.
No Strings USA is a not-for-profit producer of educational and informational puppet films for children in the developing world. They are now preparing to produce two puppet films for the refugee children of Syria. One to directly address their current trauma and the other to help begin the peace building process for their future. I cannot think of a more noble effort than this. The tragedies in Syria are unspeakable and No Strings USA’s goal to try to help them with puppets is simply amazing.
They are raising funds through their Indiegogo campaign to complete the films and have them in country by mid October. Many perks are available from donating, including magnets and tote bags with Michael K. Frith designs, a signed limited edition Frith print from the films, and even set visits during the film shoot in NYC. I highly encourage you to consider donating to such a noble cause if you haven’t already. I know that I will. I must also recommend that you read up on everything about the project on their Indiegogo campaign page. The children of Syria deserve the warm, wonderful aid that No Strings USA will provide.
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, firstname.lastname@example.org