Grace Chang performs a show of magical illusions, storytelling, and puppetry for schools, libraries, and events with characters designed and built by Puppet Heap. Jin Jin the Dragon puppet is based on a storybook written by Grace and illustrated by her brother, Chong Chang.
Steph Cathro with completed Old Crane puppet. The Crane puppet stands as tall as an adult human and wears a custom-printed fabric kimono.
A smaller hand puppet frog, Nina, is also featured in Ms. Chang's stage show, The Magical World of Grace Chang.
For her Theater on Wheels, Ms. Chang also commissioned Puppet Heap to build a 20-foot long "Dragon Dance" version of Jin Jin the Dragon which was first performed during Chinese New Year at the Brooklyn Public Library, shown here during a test flight with puppeteers Peter MacKennan, Mari Tobita, Anna Panaccia, and James Godwin.
Character design for the Crane by Paul Andrejco.
Artist/Costumer Stephen Rotondaro draping custom fabric for the Crane's kimono.
Artist Matthew Brennan painting eyes for Jin Jin puppet.
Artist Michael Bush working on the Nina prototype.
Artist Steph Cathro applying gold leaf to the underbelly scales of the Jin Jin puppet.
Artist Michael Bush painting Old Crane's head.
Artist Steph Cathro airbrushing scales for the Jin Jin puppet.
Artist Jim Kroupa attaching custom printed skin to parade Jin Jin.
Shop Supervisor/Artist Duncan Gillis attaching the poles for the parade dragon.