While producing the Barbara Mandrell show the Krofft brothers found there was a shortage of puppeteers â€“ so they opened the Krofft Puppet School. Tuition was free, but the candidates had to pass a rigorous audition that included singing, dancing and acting through a puppet. This audition winnowed out a surprising number of candidates including some good puppeteers.
One seemingly simple part of the audition was for the puppeteer to make the puppet say, â€śMy name is Bob.â€ť It tripped up a lot of puppeteers. Why? When we say â€śBobâ€ť we actually open our mouths again at the end, so we really say â€śBob-uhâ€ť with a very soft â€śuhâ€ť at the end. A lot of puppeteers missed that little mouth motion, and for that they were shown the door.
Van Snowden was the head professor of “puppetologyâ€ť and the capable Michael Mealiffe was in charge of the school overall.
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Barbara Mandrell, Program of the Year, 1981
Action for Childrenâ€™s Television
Pryorâ€™s Place for Achievement in Childrenâ€™s Television, 1985
Youth In Film
Lifetime Achievement Award, 1992
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