The Orange County Puppetry Guild (OCPG) held its first meeting of the 2020 New Year Tuesday, Jan. 7. The group meets monthly at the Buena Park Moose Lodge, 8650 Knott Ave., in Buena Park (between Crescent and Lincoln avenues) and visitors are welcome. Parking is in front of the lodge.
For January’s meeting, the Puppetry Guild invited Judy and Sunny Seki back to perform a “Shadow Puppet” workshop, for which they are famous on TV and throughout the nation; with everyone in attendance operating the special effects of wind, water, rain and thunder – a “Shadow Puppet” presentation they have mastered to a perfection.
The meeting was not only an opportunity to see the talented Judy and Sunny Seki present their shadow puppet show based on his own original Japanese tales, but after the show, he explained the art of Shadow Puppetry and let audience members handle the shadow puppets and see behind-the-scenes of the screen and helped those in attendance create their own delicately-cut-out shadow puppet to take home.
The Seki’s also perform at local libraries and other venues throughout the year, along with having performed on Disney’s, “‘What a Life’ with the Seki Family and Shadow Puppets.”
Mario, the son, is master of ceremonies for the video “What a life” and tells something about the family; his father immigrating from Japan and meeting his mother in America. “When my dad goes to work, he makes stories come to life on a little screen,” begins Mario’s introduction. “What a job; what a life!”
Sunny Seki began by telling Japanese Folk Tales to his son every night at bedtime and then he decided to do something extra special. “He doesn’t just use words any more, he draws pictures and then cuts them out and brings them to life,” continues Mario.
Mario says he gets to help with sound effects of the ocean; rain and thunder – well, you get the idea – it was yet another fun Orange County Puppetry Guild meeting.
“My dad doesn’t just tell me bed-time stories any more, he tells stories to groups all over the country,” continues Mario in the video. “He combines art, stories and Japanese culture and families. Some day, I will do what I want to do, just like my dad; I’m so proud of him.” Mario is now 22-years-old; owns his own company and does magic at the Magic Castle in Hollywood – doing what he “likes to do.”
Visitors are always welcome at OCPG meetings and membership is also available. OCPG was chartered by Puppeteers of America June 29, 1978.