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formally The Conservatory of Puppetry Arts (COPA)
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         ACQUISITION #1 - The Rose and the Ring
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"Rose and the Ring" puppets donated to COPA About twenty rod puppets from the U.C.L.A. production of "The Rose and The Ring" have been donated to COPA by Barbara Maclay.

The puppet show was the master's thesis for Maclay. Also donated were notes, drawings and the script based on the story by William Makepeace Thackerey. The story is a satire about kings and princesses and changing identities. It includes a lot of transformations, characters evolving into other characters. It was a favorite of the legendary puppeteer, Tony Sarg, who performed "The Rose and The Ring" with marionettes.

Countess Gruffinuff

"The Rose and the Ring" by William Makepeace Thackery is a satire for children and adults alike. It involves a lot of characters with double identities. Many transformations take place. Tony Sarg produced his version many years ago with marionettes. These rod puppets, donated to COPA from Barbara Maclay's masters thesis in 1977, Department of Theater Arts with professor Mel Helstein.
King Valarosa

Princess Rosalba was a double character. In this peasant costume, she is Betsinda. Also, Tony Sarg loved transformations and used puffs of smoke and other tricks to develop illusions.
King Padella


To continue the important job of conserving this world class puppet collection, IPM needs more storage space! We are looking for a unit or units to install on Alan Cook’s back lot. If you have or know of a source for clean and secure units that are free or reasonable, please contact : IPM (626) 296-1535 mail@PuppetryMuseum.org.


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