pup·​pet·​ry | \ ˈpə-pə-trē How to pronounce puppetry (audio) \
plural puppetries

Definition of puppetry

1 : the production or creation of puppets or puppet shows
2 : the art of manipulating puppets

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Henson and his team took five years to make the movie, employing cutting-edge puppetry design and technology. Time, "What to Know About The Dark Crystal Before Watching the Netflix Prequel," 29 Aug. 2019 But Kaminsky also mines puppetry’s negative connotations too; when villagers are kidnapped and killed, puppets are hung on their doors. Sarah Neilson, The Seattle Times, "Ilya Kaminsky’s ‘Deaf Republic’ challenges and incites," 29 Mar. 2019 True to Henson's legacy, the show utilizes classic puppetry but marries it with modern visual effects, for a pretty stunning-looking result. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "'Dark Crystal' prequel series gets new trailer," 13 Aug. 2019 Center for Puppetry Arts This art center features international and domestic puppetry, a library and Jim Hensen gallery with displays of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Bert and Ernie. Jeff Roffman, ajc, "8 places to visit before kids head back to school," 31 July 2019 Lydia Fine and Nick Lehane’s shadow sequences and puppetry are elemental to the storytelling, and Isabella Byrd’s lighting and Anita Yavich’s lost-in-time costumes help the visuals pop. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ a charming and inventive musical take on children’s fable at Old Globe," 15 July 2019 One of the ones right now that's resonating is having created my fourth solo show that's deeply exploring a subject but in a campy way that involves playing multiple characters and puppetry but exploring larger ideas through that. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Why BenDeLaCreme Is Indulging Wedding Fantasies While Questioning the Institution," 2 July 2019 This Phoenix company has been introducing young children to the magic of theater and puppetry since 1983. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 The show includes two acts and an intermission, and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and pup packs. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "10 things to do with the kids this weekend: July 18-21," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of puppetry

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of puppetry

: the skill or activity of using puppets in performances

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