Week 9:
An Early Goodbye

Karin L. Bostrom Fellow in Theatre Fabrication & Design

The Puppet Kitchen | New York City, New York

July 30, 2017

My week started the same as many here. I had a long commute on the subway, worked on the continuing projects in the shop, and joked along with my coworkers about the heat. I flexed my painting skills on some large moth puppets and my sewing chops got worked out on spandex coverings for the hands of the eight foot tall puppet. I saw the show I had been anticipating all summer: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. It is an immersive, electropop musical based on War and Peace. I sat on the stage, which put me within an arm’s length of all the action. It was the most wonderfully overwhelming and exciting show I’ve ever seen.

The beautiful interior of the Imperial Theater, representing the decadence of 19th century Russia.

In the middle of the week I received a call from my mother, telling me my grandfather had passed away. I decided that I would go home for his funeral in Oregon and spend the remainder of the summer with my family. It was a difficult choice to make, but in the end it was what felt right for me to do and my Puppet Kitchen colleagues were incredibly understanding.

The Chefs and I snap a final selfie on my last day.

Although I am leaving early, I don’t feel as though my experience here was left incomplete. I worked on many amazing projects. I met so many kind and talented people making their lives in theatre and the arts. I learned new skills and techniques that will serve me in my time left at Cornell and my career beyond. I saw performances and productions that will stay with me for many years to come. I lived in the city that never sleeps, and survive to tell the tale. So I’m signing off. Thanks for following my puppet adventures, and don’t worry, they won’t be my last.

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Amanda Bentz '18

Amanda is a theatre fabrication major from Scio, Oregon.