Wednesday, October 04, 2006

UCSD Paper Theatre Exhibition

I recently became aware of another event dedicated to the toy theatre. It is an exhibition held annually at the University of California San Diego's Library, part of their Arts Libraries Events.

I contacted them for more information, and received a reply from Scott Paulson, their Outreach Coordinator (a toy theatre enthusiast himself!), and this is what Scott shared...
We have an annual paper theatre festival here at the UCSD Arts Libraries (I'm a paper theatre enthusiast and I snuck this event into the Arts Libraries outreach programming). Associated with the festival is a big exhibit of paper theatres (it's actually my big collection of paper theatres) and at this festival we perform new & original paper theatre shows. It's usually in August, but we recently switched months...

Now we do our exhibit in Dec/Jan and the live performance day, this year is Wed. Dec 13 at lunchtime...(sometimes we have eight to twelve performance days---this year just one...).

We make the audience read parts and help with sound effects....we have a live band of toy instruments as the pit orchestra. It's a very popular event.
I bet it is, Scott! I'd love to attend, but since I cannot, I encourage those of you who may be reading this, if you're in the San Diego area between November 28 and January 30, be sure and check it out.


  1. Harry Oudekerk7:15 AM

    Strange picture though Trish.
    The set decorations are Schreiber's for their version of Bayer's "Puppenfee" yet none of thecharacters belong.

    Do they know their stuff?


  2. Well, Harry, speaking as someone who definitely does NOT know my stuff and am just learning, I can sympathize with Scott, but in this case I think if I understand correctly, he's more interested in drawing people in, than in strict accuracy at the moment, although I think you can do both at the same time. He wrote again to me as said this..."All my theatres are either ones I've made or wonderful ones that are commercially available (hard to get/hard to find---but not "old"---reproductions, etc.)

    The wonderful Gigi Sandberg has advised me and helped the last few years. She has encouraged me to get involved with some vintage items, but she approves of my current attitude (my attitude where I want to USE the items for LIVE PERFORMANCE!!! and at this time, I only want to own items that are replaceable, if you know what I mean....I want everyone to feel comfortable touching and using all my things and I don't want anyone to be nervous about caring for important vintage items...One of these days I will look into owning some vintage things..."