Growing up as a child I was exposed to puppetry when my younger brother Shane received a Pelham Puppet as a Christmas present. My dad ‘Tiny’ Steenkamp soon became hooked on puppets which led to more attributions of both marionette and ventriloquist dolls. Tiny even went so far as the have a Vent Doll made in the image of one of his clients… ‘He’ has now been transformed to a ‘she’… almost 30 years later and “Dolly” entertains at adult parties and at homes for the aged. As a family we did charity shows for homes and on caravan rallies for many years.
In 1992, my dad announced that the Puppets were on the market, which devastated me and it was then that I decided it was time to do something with these little guys. I launched my first show at the end of 1992, and Dad and I did a few schools together. Slowly the stage was re-built, mobile equipment made, a mini-piano, numerous props, special effects and more recently an LED screen for special background images. Dad often did Soirees where he sang and I entertained the ‘oldies’ with Leo and Dolly the drama queen.
Returning to Gauteng in 2016 was a move followed by a ‘gift’ given to me at a networking meeting called “Living your Passion”… they say, “that if you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life!” So True. Thanks Dad that I may continue your legacy, and even though you are no longer here, your voice and personality will reach many more little ones in time to come. Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement over the years, I will thrive to continue to make you proud…
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