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How to Be a Puppeteer Family Workshop


Location: Digital Learning Suite

Puppeteer Noel MacNeal will lead a one-hour interactive demonstration on professional puppet manipulation and will invite families to try their “hand” at lip-sync (a.k.a. how a puppet talks) with professionally made puppets. Families will do the same exercises Noel has used to train puppeteers for the international versions of Sesame Street. After the demonstration, he will lead a workshop in making simple “origami” puppets that participants can color, fold, and take with them. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Noel MacNeal has performed on Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House (Bear), Eureeka’s Castle (Magellan & Webbster), and Between the Lions (Lionel). Currently Noel is resident puppeteer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Noel is also the author of 10- Minute Puppets and BOX! 

Space is limited. This workshop is intended for families. Adult caregivers must also purchase a ticket.  

Tickets: $30 per person. (MoMI Kids and MoMI Kids Premium members receive 25% off). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with any questions regarding online reservations.)

Ticket purchase includes same-day admission to the Museum and The Jim Henson Exhibition (see gallery hours). View the Museum’s ticketing policy here. For more information on membership and to join online, visit our membership page