"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon", 2015

Puppet Design.

Concept rendering exploring how performers would relate to table-top puppets of Dragon and Min Li.

Table-top Dragon and Min Li rod puppets.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Min Li and Dragon were puppeteered on their own rolling puppet stage, a wall, or sometimes the floor of the stage itself.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

The puppets not only allowed the characters to relate to each other in scale, but allowed more dramatic interaction with their environment as well.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

The small Dragon puppet had over 32 moving parts, most of them in his segmented ‘spine’, allowing for realistic movement.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Many hands allowed for very dynamic actions.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Rendering of a ‘full-scale’ Dragon head puppet worn on the puppeteers front.

The full scale head allowed for multiple scales to be represented at once, as in this moment where the Dragon tells the story of his ‘birth.’

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

The full scale Dragon head puppet also allowed the actress playing Min Li to ‘ride’ him…

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

As well as relate to him physically.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Rendering of a two-person green tiger glove puppet.

Final Tiger puppet head with light up eyes and paw/glove.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

The two head puppets facing off.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Rendering of half-scale twin puppets, referencing traditional Da Ah Fu figurines and how the puppets could be dressed in toddler clothing.

Ah Fu, half-human sized rod puppet.

Puppet costume by Lacy Rohlf.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Puppets with puppets. The “Shadow Tiger” puppet was based on a traditional Chinese shadow puppet of a tiger.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

The puppets allowed the moon gate on the set to be turned into the mouth of the well that the twins trick the tiger into.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Da Fu and Ah Fu together.

Puppet costumes by Lacy Rohlf.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Rendering of human-sized Old Man of the Moon puppet.

Human-sized doll puppet for Old Man of the Moon.

Puppet costume by Lacy Rohlf.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Human-sized doll puppet for Old Man of the Moon.

Puppet costume by Lacy Rohlf.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Rendering of goldfish rod-puppet (ultimately actually moved through stop-motion/projection) and baby lion statue glove puppet.

Stop-motion animated goldfish puppet. For movement sample see: https://vimeo.com/123524447

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Flying in puppet scale.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Flying in full scale.

Photo by Chesley Cannon.



Photo by Chesley Cannon.

Puppet Design

Directed by Eric Johnson
Set and Lighting Design by David Gerke
Costume Design by Lacy Rohlf
Projection Design by Adam Larsen

Puppet Designer

Honolulu Theatre for Youth

April, 2015