Fire-Breathing Dragon Puppet | Design Squad

Fire-Breathing Dragon Puppet | Design Squad

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Hi, I’m Ella, and I’m from
Design Squad Global.
I’m here with Lucas and Tyler. And we’re part of
Theater in the Open. Theater in the Open
is a performance group that performs free plays
in public spaces. We have lots of props,
costumes, and sets in our performances. (yelling) TYLER: It’s a foot! This is Aisha. She’s the company manager and
she has an assignment for us. AISHA: Okay, guys,
so as you know, our new season is happening, and we have a story
with a dragon in it. This is the dragon puppet. Yes, it’s very cool. And the story
that we’re telling is about why people think that dragons
don’t exist, and why people are scared
of dragons. But we need him to be able to
breathe fire in the story, and right now
he has this cool mouth but, as you can see,
what’s missing from here, where you can see my hand,
we need fire to come out. TYLER: So, obviously,
not real fire, because it would burn the wool. We need fake flames, it’s true. We can’t use real fire, and it needs to be easy to turn
on and off, and it needs to be something
that’s repeatable. You guys up for it? KIDS: Yeah! AISHA: All right,
let’s get started! (laughing) Okay, so here’s some paper
and some markers so you can sketch out your idea for your fire-breathing
dragon plan. Think we could have something
that holds like streamers, like, all the fire colors
together, and then we could
have the streamers, when somebody pushes it,
it goes, puffs out. TYLER: We could do almost like
a glove with sticks attached, to make it longer. And kind of like have that, like
when they stick their hand in, they could just like move
around to make it look like fire and then they could just pull
their hand back out, and the glove would come back. So, then you have your glove,
and it would have streamers, streamers, streamers… TYLER:
Yeah. We decided to make a glove that
we then attaches streamers to so that you could control
the fire. ELLA: Okay, let’s go look for
some stuff. We went into the workshop to find a glove,
some fabric for the flames, and a dowel. Red streamers… LUCAS: We’re gonna have
to use socks instead of a glove because we couldn’t find
any gloves. TYLER: Snowball! All right, guys,
let’s get building. These are stilt pants. (laughing) Lucas,
they don’t fit you. Woo! (laughing) ELLA: We found a dowel with some cheese attached to it. I’m cutting up this dowel to make smaller pieces so that
then when the fire comes out of the dragon’s mouth,
it won’t just flop down. It will actually stand straight
up and it will look like he’s breathing it. Okay, I think we’re ready
to show Aisha. You would put your hand in there
and then you breathe fire. AISHA: Okay.
So, I really like it. I think it’s really fun,
and when you go like this, it looks really fiery. It’s easy to wear;
it’s comfortable on my hand. And it’s kind of pretty. I like that it’s crepe paper because it’s really light,
which is kind of fiery. It can kind of flutter
like fire does. But I think one of the problems
is that one of our parameters was it had to be
a repeatable thing, like we had to be able to make
it happen more than once, and this one, it kind of only
shoots out one time. Instead of breathing fire,
the dragon looked like it was drooling fire. AISHA: What comes to mind when
you think about something like shooting out
of the dragon’s mouth? Like a birthday party,
when you go like… (mimics party horn) When you go like… Those blowy things kind of work
like a spring. How do you think we can get
a party blower to work? LUCAS: You know those foot
rockets where you stomp on it and then
the air shoots the rocket up? Maybe something where you could
squeeze it and then it goes like… (mimics wind) TYLER: Maybe we could use
something in this room… ELLA: Oh, this thing over here. AISHA: That’s a really good
idea. So, this is called a bellows, and it sounds like it has the
right idea of like pushing air out. Ella found a bellows
next to the fireplace. And we realized that was perfect
if we connected it to a tube. It’s so refreshing… We have this bellows thing,
and so what else do we need? Probably some party blowers
and a tube of some sort. Yeah, let’s go see what we have. LUCAS: Yeah!
ELLA: Up and away! LUCAS: We went back to the
workshop and got some tubes, party blowers, and balloons. I think we have what we need.
Let’s go, come on! So, we’re going to have to tape
the tube to the bellows to make sure no air can get out. (honking) TYLER: I think we might need
more than one blower to make an actual fire. Yeah, so, maybe we could put
a bunch together. We should probably stick
to the colors of fire so it would like blend
in a little. TYLER: So we can cut the balloon
and make an airtight seal around the blower. ELLA: I’ll hold this. Open this like a… Okay… ELLA: The red one’s caught.
TYLER: There they go, I got it. ELLA: We noticed
some of the party blowers weren’t shooting out all the way So we added some tape to make an
airtight seal so that the air from the bellows
going into the party blowers wouldn’t leak out. Now this would come around… (cheering) ALL: Aisha, come here! AISHA (laughs):
Hey, guys. LUCAS: Hi! We… AISHA: Whoa, okay, show me how
this works. Can I see the dragon?
ALL: Yes. What we did is, when you blow
through this, these go… (mimics wind) How do I get it involved
with the dragon? ELLA: What you do is you stick
it through the thing here… AISHA: Through the neck? LUCAS: And then this part goes
behind you. AISHA: Okay, I think I got
that part, and then what do we do
with the bellows? LUCAS: It goes between
your belt… AISHA: Okay, ready? Oh my gosh, you’re being fired! So, I love the design,
but if we had more time, I think it would’ve been cool
to add something that looks sort of like smoke. LUCAS: Yeah, maybe like smoke
through his nostrils. So, I think these ideas are
really amazing, but you still did
an awesome job. ALL: Thanks, Aisha! (laughing and cheering) TYLER: After we showed Aisha
our successful design, Theater in the Open took
the dragon and used it at a performance
at a local school. …that I could breathe fire… (giggling)

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