Clara with the Rat King. I rebuilt the largest head, which speaks with a lever-operated mouth and has glowing eyes.

Puppet Master
The House Theatre of Chicago, Winter 2016

Featured Project: Rat King Puppet Rebuild

Production Photo courtesy of The House Theatre of Chicago
Pictured: Ariana Burks as Clara





Taking a pattern from the old puppet

The new head base with its new skeleton inside. The skin is made from upholstery foam encased in fabric and then sewn together. The skeleton frame is made from bamboo.


The base is covered in cheesecloth and Sculpt-Or-Coat, and has its teeth and ears added.



The new puppet has its first coat of paint applied.

The new puppet fully assembled, including mane and eyes.

Another view of the completed puppet.