Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Communication, Professional

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Melissa Shafer

Committee Members

Herbert M. Parker, Karen Brewster


This project's objective was to design and build 4 stages of the Audrey II puppet for the East Tennessee State University production of Little Shop of Horrors (Ashman, 1982). The puppets were to be created with consideration for the production space, budget, and operator ease, along with audience impact. This paper will present the design and construction in a step by step-bystep fashion using illustrations and photographic examples.

Each puppet in the series was originally conceived using references to living plants and animals combined with an artistic vision of the designer. The puppets were built with light, modern materials using new and traditional techniques for puppet construction. Construction techniques and materials resulted in light, maneuverable puppets that can be manipulated with ease and with high audience impact.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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