My Brother's 4th Grade Teacher Emma Wade with Nashville Puppeteer Tom Tichenor
The young fellow on the left is a fellow named Mark Ketterson (don't know him). From my brother Tim:
Amazing. Found a photo of Emma (Hayes) Wade, my 4th grade teacher down at Eakin Elementary School in Nashville Tennessee. This photo is her with this puppeteer who came to our class in 1960. Years later I found a book he wrote about puppets and it was dedicated to her. We did a puppet play in French--I was Prince Charming (pause for spit take). We made our own puppets and I think mine is at my dad's place.
Tom Tichenor's imdb entry is very brief, but contains this nugget:
Constructed the puppets and trained the puppeteer (Jerry Orbach) for the Broadway Musical "Carnival".
I had never heard of that show (not surprising) but by golly the soundtrack is available on Amazon:
"Carnival! was a wonderful experience," recalls Orbach, "and a show that touched people in a very special way — especially young girls. Every now and then, somebody comes up to me and says it changed their whole life, and made them fall in love with the theatre."
His Broadway debut cast him as Paul Berthalet, a bitter puppeteer, who wins Lili (Anna Maria Alberghetti) through his puppets: Carrot Top, Horr'ble Henry, Marguerite, and Renardo. "It was slightly unrewarding. I did all the puppet voices and handled all the puppets — and the puppets were reviewed as a separate entity, as though it was Jim Henson and the Muppets. It was really me, but nobody knew it. They said, 'Oh, he's good, but the puppets are terrific!' I'd say, 'Wait a minute, I am the puppets.' That's the way it goes sometimes when you're the 'stealth bomber.' [Laughs]"
A Young Jerry Orbach With Puppets From The 1961 Broadway Musical Carnival
And if you hadn't guessed by now, there is no McMahon family Brush With Greatness too obscure to be included in this blog.