The Making of a Stage

[Edit: turns out the voice bubbles in my pictures are a little blurry, so I'm adding the quotes beneath each photo.]

Lucy: I got an email from Mary today. Doc: Cool. What'd it say?

Lucy: She bought a hutch at Goodwill and asked me to turn it into a puppet stage. Doc: Rad.

Doc: I'll go ahead and nail in some extra supports so it's not so wobbly for her students.

Lucy: Awesome! I'll start sanding this brown paint off.

Lucy: Oh hey, Dad. Can you cut a 42" by 26" piece of thin wood for me? Dad: Of course. Anything for you, daughter.

Lucy: I'm going to paint that piece with chalkboard paint!

Lucy: Hmmm...and I think I'll paint the puppet stand green, just like my house!

Lucy: Heeeey, Mom.  Wanna sew a curtain? Mom: I'd love to!

Lucy: Thanks for all your help guys! Now all I have to do is put it all together!

Phew! Did you make it through all of that?

Ok, so my puppetry skills may be a little lacking, but the stage is cute, right?  As mentioned in the show, my friend Mary Elizabeth purchased the original hutch from a Goodwill. I'm not sure how much she paid for it, but I'm guessing it wasn't much.  Here's what it looked like when she brought it to me.

It looks brown, but that's not the stained wood you see. Instead, whoever used to own it decided to paint over the stain with brown paint. Who does that?

I didn't take any pictures as I went along, but here's another shot of the finished product.

Mary Elizabeth teaches music to all ages, and she's planning on using this in her classroom. I think her kids are going to love it!

As you can see from the back view, they have an extra shelf to store the puppets that are waiting "backstage."

Special thanks to my mom who played along with my crazy puppet show idea! It was super hot outside but she was still a good sport about holding up the puppets while I took pictures.

And, just for laughs, here's a shot of our puppy puppets.

Mary, I'm sorry it took me so long to get finished! But it's officially done and ready for you now.  Maybe you could show us all what a good puppet show is supposed to look like!