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History of Puppetry
in Canada

Lampoon Puppettheatre

Originally from Holland, Johan Vandergun came to Canada in the late 1960s and became a principal designer and performer with Frog Print Theatre. In 1973, Johan and Alison (née Rhynd) Vandergun formed Lampoon Puppettheatre, a company well known for its unique use of polyfoam in puppet construction. Lampoon Puppettheatre has toured its theatre productions extensively in Canada and abroad, and in 1976 received a UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry for its production of Clowning Around. Johan Vandergun has also created puppets for various television programs, including The Hilarious House of Frightenstein starring Billy Van and Vincent Price. Johan Vandergun has long been a member of the executive committee of the Ontario Puppetry Association.

Adapted from Figuratively Speaking: Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.