Candide Puppetry with Matt A. Acheson

Candide Puppetry with Matt A. Acheson


My name is Matt Acheson and I am the Puppetry Designer and also performing as a puppeteer in the show. I mean my background with puppetry is kind of a long road that I didn’t see until very late. My father was in theatre, so I grew up in theatre. He had a lot of friends who were puppeteers and I used to love it when they would come over because they would bring over all sorts of crazy things. The Puppet Master in this show is really a bigger metaphor for this bigger power that’s controlling us. It’s almost like subconscious unconsciousness of humanity. And that struggle directly between Candide and the characters in the piece and me as the puppeteer trying to control them and seeing them break out of my control and how do I handle that. The way it’s been unfolding I think Susan put together a great team. We’re all feeding off each other’s ideas and we’re taking bits and pieces and incorporating it. With Sven, he’s recording and augmenting the live puppetry elements of it. We’re commenting on each other. A lot of back and forth. We had a nice day the other day where we went through all the things we needed to shoot for the show. When we’re independent, or at least when I’m independent, I’m like, ‘I think this is going to work. I don’t know,’ and they we get together and it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, this is going to work!’ And we just rapid-fire balance ideas off each other. I’m so used to training myself to be invisible and on this one I have to be visible. My hand is a major element. My attitudes – instead of hiding them, I have to push them out there a little bit more. So that’s been a great challenge and an exciting new twist on everything. I hope that people just get a smile and keep a smile on the way home. And it’s with the [Atlanta] Symphony and these opera stars! It’s going to be an evening of all your senses being awakened and tickled.

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