Pay no attention to the (wo)man behind the curtain


Puppeteer Rachel Malin with the Sacramento-based Puppet Art Theater Company, entertains library goers with a performance of a puppet show called “Frankenswine” at the Maya Angelou Branch Library in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/2.8 @ 1/125, ISO 500)

On an assignment to cover a puppet show I saw that puppeteer Rachel Malin with the Sacramento-based Puppet Arts Theater working hard to keep the flow of the show going. She was a one-woman dynamo, voicing all the characters and juggling several different puppets at the Maya Angelou Branch Library in Stockton. I wanted to capture her frenetic energy, so I went around behind the small stage. For most of the time she was cloaked in a secondary curtain, but occasionally she would pop out so she could run the puppets at the top of the stage and I was able to get a shot of her then.


6-year-old Justin Sherman of Stockton enjoys a puppet show at the Maya Angelou Branch Library in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: f/2.8 @ 1/125, ISO 500)

The audience members in the library didn’t get to see Malin in her performance, but her actions were appreciated by all.

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