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Quotes from Customers
" Thank you so much for the wonderful performances you gave our
libraries and bookmobile this summer! "
" Your stories were very charning and appropriate for the children...I
especially liked your puppets - they have a lot of character and are
very creative...Thanks also for making things so easy for me. Because
you had everything so compact and even had the power pack, it made
my job easier and I really appreciate that. "
" Thanks so much for sharing your puppets and good humor with the folks and families of the Temporary Central Library! Hope you come back again real soon. "
- Librarian, Seattle Public Library
Thank you so much for a fantastic puppet show at our library! Your performance is my idea of the ideal puppet show – thoroughly professional, yet full of heart and personality; colorful, magical, catchy tunes, witty lyrics, and a wonderful original story just right for kids of all ages and their grownups (who laughed as much, if not more than the kids). I was torn between watching the show and catching the reactions of the audience. The littlest were completely entranced, and the older ones so caught up that they began to sing along. It was a great time for all! I am so impressed and had such fun that I’m thoroughly inspired to attend your puppetry workshops.
We can’t wait to have you come back again!
- Acting Manager / Children's Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
" This is GOOD! "
Thank you again for such a wonderful puppet show for our twins' fourth birthday last weekend. You exceeded my expectations (which were set high)! You kept over twenty four year old kids glued to their seats for over 30 minutes -- that is very impressive! In addition, the parents enjoyed the humor and creativity in your show! We all especially liked seeing how the puppets work - which was a special part of the presentation.
Thank you for making our birthday a special memory! I'd recommend you any day, and would enjoy seeing more of your original work.
All the best,
" Once again - thank you for the great show. All the kids (and adults) really enjoyed the show. After the party my son was able to tell the whole story to my neighbor - he was really able to grasp it so well. He usually does not have a big attention span so I was amazed at your story telling skills.
Hopefully we'll get a chance to see another of your shows some time in the near future.
Nick Barone has always had an interest in puppetry. He built his first puppet when he was just 5 years old. He soon began writing short stories and making home movies featuring his hand-made puppets. During summer vacations, Nick attended various art classes in New Jersey and Philadelphia. While still a teenager, Nick was contracted to paint sets for local theater companies.
Eventually, Nick moved to Hollywood, California where he became a set painter for the television industry. He got a second job teaching puppet making classes at Michael’s Arts and Crafts. The President of Michael’s was so impressed with Nick’s puppets, he took one for display at the corporate headquarters in Dallas, TX. Nick soon became a lead window dresser and store display coordinator for Michael’s Pacific South West Region.
Nick made a few puppets for a public access TV station in Oceanside, CA, there he learned of the San Diego Guild of Puppetry. Nick worked with various puppeteers at The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA for almost 10 years where he developed his skills and learned to work with puppets on stage and in front of a live audience. It was in San Diego where Nick built his first puppet show, Jack and the Beanstalk. People really liked Nick’s puppets, so he started building puppets for sale. At first, his puppets were sold only to local puppeteers, but soon he was selling them to puppeteers and theater groups across the country. One of his most challenging experiences was building an entire cast of puppets for The Marin Theater Company’s production of ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’. Nick has also constructed costumes and puppets for Nickelodeon Productions and built miniature sets and performed puppets for the Emmy Award winning video,"The Mousecracker" by Snapdragon Video Productions.
After moving to Northern California, Nick stopped building puppets for others in order to concentrate on writing and building his own puppet shows.
Through the years, Nick has also taught puppet building workshops to amateur and professional puppeteers at National and Regional puppetry festivals. Although Nick uses a variety of puppet styles in his performances, he became recognized for his moving mouth puppets. Nick Barone is a staff member of PuppetFest MidWest and is the current Moving Mouth Puppetry Consultant for Puppeteers of America.
Nick now spends his days traveling around the San Francisco Bay Area entertaining audiences of all ages with his original stories and beautifully hand crafted puppets. When he’s not out performing, he can be found in his workshop writing stories, building puppets and creating new puppet shows to entertain the child in all of us.
The following is a short list of some of the many organizations that have hired Nick Barone Puppets since he began performing in Northern California.
Alameda County Libraries