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Summer Camp - Shadow Puppetry and Music


Ages 6 - 10
June 18 - 22
1 - 4pm
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

On the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, whole villages gather for shadow puppet shows depicting creation myths and other stories. The shows can last all night and are accompanied by live gamelan music, which is conducted by the puppeteer. Loosely and playfully drawing on this tradition, students in this class will collaboratively devise characters, make puppets, write a narrative, and create a musical soundtrack using gamelan-inspired percussion instruments built by the instructor. The camp will culminate with a performance for friends and family.

Email laynegarrett at with any questions or to reserve a space. ($50 deposit required.)

Layne Garrett is an improvising musician, instrument builder, educator, and parent based in Takoma DC. He has been building and playing instruments of his own design for over 10 years. He studied Balinese gamelan under I Nyoman Suadin for four years as part of Gamelan Mitra Kusuma in Mt. Rainier, MD. He has taught music classes, camps, and workshops at Bethesda KID Museum, Rhizome DC, FutureMakers, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and area schools.

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