Alumna Megan McNerney may be the only BGSU graduate to have the job title of Voodoo Puppeteer. In that capacity, she has been traveling North America this year with the “Walking with Dinosaurs” stadium show.
A graduate of the BGSU theatre and film program, McNerney studied with Bradford Clark, an internationally known puppet expert.
The mechanized puppets are about the size of a family car and weigh one and a half tons. Yet they have amazingly subtle, lifelike movements, thanks to the skill of the puppeteers.
“The ‘voodoo’ refers to the remote-control system used to control the dinosaurs,” McNerney said. “It all sounds a little technical, but the fact is that the fundamentals of puppet performance that I began learning with Brad at Bowling Green are universal.”
Each of the dinosaurs is run by a team of three people; McNerney controls the facial movements and sounds for three of the large dinosaurs.
“The show is absolutely stunning, and actually quite moving, with state-of-the-art puppetry and robotics,” said Clark. “It's a major professional credit for Megan.”
McNerney is also the co-founder of Puppet Odyssey Productions. The company has produced puppets for a variety of shows, including the Thomas the Tank Engine stage productions.
Walking with Dinosaurs” ends its North American tour this month. For more about McNerney, read the upcoming issue of BGSU Magazine.
Orientation Station, the website designed to help first-year students transition to BGSU, has a new tab to help students keep track of important dates and programs. The “first year” tab features a Google calendar filled with links and information about programs such as the First Year Success Series, Falcon Family Weekend and Early Alert reporting. You can find the new calender here.
Each entry in the calendar can be copied to a student’s personal calendar, or a student can choose to follow the calendar in its entirety. The hope is that this new tool will be another way to help first-year students learn about the programs designed to make them feel more connected to the campus community.
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