A Souvenir from
2010 Arts Olympus
We premiered our DVD ofWitch
Key at the 2010 World Arts
on June 17 - 20, 2010, aboard
the Queen Mary in Long Beach,
Here's the story of how it went.
Can a simple phone call set you on an adventure?
Yes, you bet it can! That is exactly what
happened to Steve and Marty and the puppets.
Kathy Wilson, our agent from long ago, called
one fine afternoon, to ask if we wanted to
premiere our DVD of
Witch Key on the Queen Mary in Long Beach,
California, and if we had anything related to the
puppets and our new film that we could bring
along for a very special event.
That special event turned out to be the 2010
World Arts Olympus Launch Celebration,
spearheaded by Robert Slaughter, a world
renowned Coordinator of Arts and Culture.
Hosted aboard the Famous Queen Mary Cruise
Ship, Hotel and Museum, this virtual expedition
was to showcase a very special dream of
Robert's to launch a cruise ship to set sail
around the world spreading a message of world
peace and mutual cooperation through bringing
the arts to the general public. Nothing of the
kind has ever been attempted up to now.
Artists from around the world arrived to
participate in this special four day event, which
reserved Sunday as a day set aside for children.
Over thirty countries sent films, dancers,
painters, writers, costume designers and special
performers, making this a truly global event.
What did we bring? Why our new DVD
of course, along with three elaborate displays
featuring the new puppets from our film. What
an elegant setting for our premiere, we thought,
as we were asked to participate in this
international children's film and book festival.
With little less than two months to prepare for
this once in a lifetime opportunity, we set out to
design and create several special programs to
not only premiere the film and its characters,
but also a series of live puppet demonstrations,
exibits, and workshops where children could
build a puppet from the movie.
All of this had to break down and travel from
Portland to California in our trustworthy old
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