I always wanted to do a shadows puppet show. I decided to do one for my students and use it in the classroom for them to make their own stories/shows.
I chose a creation story/myth from the Warao aborigens in Venezuela: “El dueño de la Luz” (The owner of the light). There are different versions of this story/myth also known as The Owner of the Sun
It took a lot of work to construct the screen and the puppets but I was pretty satisfied with the end result.
Here you can see a few pictures I took during the construction process.
I also made a video of one my rehearsals so that I can see what I needed to correct for the performance to the students. Here you have an edited version of that video.
I may post another video in the future that includes the narration.
After showing the shadow puppet show to the students I asked them to write a short story. If they included the same or similar characters from “El dueño de la Luz” story then they could use my puppets. Otherwise they would have to make their own. It’s a lot of fun!