Many thanks from Karen Bailey and Little Friends Puppet Troupe, Boulder,CO.
Little Friends Puppet Theater formed with volunteers from the student body at Sound Circle Eurythmy(SCE) in Boulder, CO during our first year of training, 2010-2011, and the Credere grant I received supported startup costs and was the catalyst that got us organized and making puppets for classic fairy tales to be performed at children’s birthdays and special fundraisers for SCE. The first three puppet plays we produced were “The Singing, Soaring Lark,” “Mother Holle,” and “Snow White and Rose Red.”
Although our goals have changed during the first year of eurythmy training, five of the six original puppeteers are still hard at work creating more puppets and finding more venues to perform them, as there is clearly the desire for puppet plays in Boulder. In addition to raising money for SCE, we have donated puppet plays to raise money for local Waldorf schools, and we are continuing to advertise ourselves as available for birthday parties.
This grant was so important for many reasons, and I want to express my deep appreciation for the support of the Credere Fund through the ThinkOutWord grant. The puppet troupe could not have started without this grant as a catalyst. The hundreds of yards of silk, and many pounds of wool, are but the material evidence of what a grant can do to make an idea into reality. Little Friends Puppet Theater has touched many hearts in just the six months it has been in the world, and I think showed how Anthroposophy can live in the world as a healing force. As an artist, I find the puppet work brings together my thinking, feeling and willing in a way that nothing else has done, not even eurythmy, and I look forward to continuing to develop this special art into the future.
Karen Bailey, Boulder CO