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Kukla, Fran and Fafner

La Cieca just stumbled across this casting call for “puppeteers.”

SIEGFRIED & GOTTERDAMMERUNG
Live Project
The Metropolitan Opera in NYC
Non-Union
Director: Robert Lepage
Conductor: James Levine
Composer: Richard Wagner
Casting Director: Joe Barnes
Audition: August 29, 2011
Callback: same date as audition, in the evening
[….]
PUPPETEERS Male. Ages 18-65. All ethnicities encouraged.
Performers with experience and exceptional ability with giant, articulated puppets as well as physical theater. Must be no taller than 5 feet 10 and be able to perform inside a restricted space. Also must move on a complex set. Independent creativity and team leadership skills are a plus. [Emphasis added by La Cieca for purposes of hilarity.]

  • PokeyGascon

    Please, please, please, I hope someone can audition and report back to Parterre.

    • atalaya

      Bonus points if you audition with a puppet that looks like George Steel.

  • La Cieca auditioned via video. No response yet.

  • Independent creativity and team leadership skills are a plus.

    A most irregular recruitment method for a shadow director, no?

    http://parterre.com/2011/07/27/one-eyed-item/

  • Independent creativity and team leadership skills are a plus.

    A most irregular recruitment method for a “ghost director”, no?

    http://parterre.com/2011/07/27/one-eyed-item/

    • PokeyGascon

      puppets = Julie Taymor = shadow director?

  • A. Poggia Turra

    I wonder if the puppets will sever as covers for the HD transmission, in case one of the featured singers suddenly takes ill…..

    • ysabel

      If you replaced Rolando Villazon with a Muppet version, I probably wouldn’t notice.

  • A. Poggia Turra

    sever = serve (damn, an edit feature would be a godsend)

    • IngeK

      Just be thankful there is no auto-complete feature!

  • Signor Bruschino

    did they use puppets in lion king?

  • FragendeFrau82

    I immediately thought of War Horse, which I’m told had some incredible puppetry.

  • tannengrin

    they should send the notice to those talented Augsburgers. They have ideas for Fafner

    and even concepts for Siegfried’s Rheinfahrt, with a bit of Heinrich Heine on the side, for the Regie!

    • Batty Masetto

      Why, Fafner is even wearing the Ring! (… Well, of a kind.)

      One of the best headlines yet, Cieca. :D

  • GaGa

    “ . . . be able to perform inside a restricted space. Also must move on a complex set . . . “

    Having medical insurance should be a prerequisite for this gig.

  • Maria Malcontent

    Are you sure the ad wasnt’t something on Craigslist or M4M?

  • m. croche

    My audition tape. Kids, don’t play with scissors!

  • Famous Quickly

    I could operate the Waldvogel puppet *tomorrow*-- it’s a question of color and tessitura.

  • manou

    A job opportunity tailor-made for Antipodean Parterriano Ruxton.

  • MacBettyBoop

    Sounds like the same idea Peter Hall had for the Solti Ring at Bayreuth in the 80s. Giant articulated puppets with performers inside them. He also had naked Rhinemaidens swimming in a big tank. Hmmm.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    How dare the MET employ non-union Puppeteers!!! I’m callin the fuzz.