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Miss Pussycat’s World of Nebula Dresses and Puppet Extremities Comes to PHX

By Ana Anguiano • College Times

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012

MIss Pussycat

Tony Campbell

Puppets are fun. Miss Pussycat is, too.

It’s not often that you get to see true imagination pour out of someone, but Quintron and Miss Pussycat are both incredibly creative and talented. Quintron is a beat producing, instrument inventing machine while Miss Pussycat can sew together new worlds and fill them with her eccentric puppet characters. Together, the married couple performs a live Technicolor puppet show and follows it up with a crazy dance party.

Quintron is known for creating his own unique synthesizers such as Drumbuddy, a light-activated oscillating drum machine. He recently harnessed the weather and created a drone synthesizer called The Singing House. Sensors attached to the building react to the wind, the rain, the sun and lightning, which translate into the synthesizer and produce soothing and wondrous sounds.

Besides taking their show on the road, Quintron and Miss Pussycat also create puppet movies. “Trixie and the Tree Trunks,” for example, is a puppet mystery series in which Trixie and her friends (which include a magical tree called Happy Tree) live on a frozen planet and play in a band and mingle in mischief. You might have to see it to believe it.

Miss Pussycat makes just about everything she owns including her puppet theater, puppets and wardrobe. She has an infectiously bubbly and warm personality and is currently fascinated by ancient history and alchemy.

 

College Times: Do you have anything in store for Trixie and her friends?

Miss Pussycat: Yes, actually I’ve been working on a new Trixie and the Tree Trunks movie since last October. It will be finished sometime later this summer and it’s called, “Mystery in Old Bathbath.” It is a follow up to the previous adventure. In this one they go to an ancient spa town called Bathbath and adventure awaits. The Happy Tree needs some water, and I’ll just leave it at that. Trixie’s been very busy, very, very busy. She grew a new arm actually. And then I took it off of her and put it on a new puppet. She’s very busy.

Where do you find the inspiration to create your characters and the worlds they live in?

Well, I do a lot of research ... I’m very inspired by my friends, too. They’re probably one of my biggest inspirations. And also people’s voices, I’m always listening to how people talk and sometimes just the way someone sounds inspires a puppet just to go with that voice. I’m really into much older people’s voices and people who smoke a lot sound really good. Last year I was into the Mayans. It’s not like I made a Mayan puppet, but I’m always researching things.

Are you working on anything right now?

Well, let’s see. We’ve been on tour for a month but I made a book that I’m going to bring on tour to sell as a new merch item. It’s a book of color photography and it’s called “Magnetic Marshmallow Tingle.” I’ve been working on that for the past few days and now I’m working on something called The Drop, with some friends of mine, and it’s a secret club that you can join and then you get a special present. My super-secret surprise is going to be a color photograph of puppets in an art museum. I’m also making some new outfits. I’ve got one dress to match my new puppet theater. My new puppet theater is a golden nebulous, so I’m making a dress that has nebulas all over it. That’s a show business dress and then I’m making some casual wear that’s got polar bears on it.

I noticed you have an incredible sense of style. I wondered if you made your own clothes.

Yeah, I really hate shopping. I can never find what I want. I am pretty picky so I just make my own clothes. Both of my grandmothers sewed so I was just around that growing up. I grew up in a really small town where there was nowhere to buy clothes so my grandmother made my Easter dresses and for first day of school or picture day. Whenever I got something nice, my grandmother made it.

Your shows are so unique. What is it like when you’re performing on stage?

It’s really, really fun. I don’t really think of myself as a performer. I really don’t. I think of it as going to a party and I just try to have a good time. If I’m having a good time, probably everyone else is, too. If you’re not having a good time, then that’s not going to be good for anybody. I like to put on a show but I like throwing parties. That’s what I’m thinking about.

Quintron and Miss Pussycat w/Dent May, Dez Vibz, Fathers Day, Crescent Ballroom, June 21, 8 p.m., $11-$13

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