Some of the issues and approaches that MicheLee Puppets uses include:
- Health – for example, EXTREME Health Challenge is a “wacky play that uses ‘kooky’ puppet characters and even ‘kookier’ actors to teach elementary age children how to take great care of their bodies! Through a series of challenges, battles of wit, audience participation and puppetry mayhem, children laugh and learn about the importance of good nutrition and active lifestyles.” The video below emerges from this project. A multi-disciplinary activity guide is also available; click here.
- Bullying – for example, the Bully Scene Investigators (BSI) team travel to schools to train students on bully prevention techniques. The BSI Agents along with a cast of puppet characters strive to help students identify bullying behaviours, protect themselves from bullies, and defend others from bullies by becoming responsible bystanders. “Students will have fun interacting throughout training to gain coveted BSI Agent Status and learn the official BSI handshake.”
- The environment – for example, Ruby Reef is an interactive production designed to challenge students to think globally and act locally to preserve Florida’s barrier reef.
- Gender/rights – for example, in Every 90 Seconds, actors and various styles of puppetry unleash a world where young adult audiences safely explore the struggles of a teen and decisions she must face after being raped.
Original source of article can be found at http://www.comminit.com/children/content/michelee-puppets-0.