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Child Life specialist designs puppets, eases fears

By Monica Fabunan
 Public Relations

The curtains open, the music starts to play and the performance begins. With a sigh of relief, MUSC Child Life specialist Lacey McInish is relieved to know that the show she helped design is off to a good start.

Child Life specialist Lacey McInish makes final design adjustments to animal puppets with the help of cast members during rehearsal before Spoleto began.
Child Life specialist Lacey McInish makes final design adjustments to animal puppets with the help of cast members during rehearsal before Spoleto began.

McInish was the assistant set and animal puppet designer for “Children of Eden,” as well as the technical production assistant for “Tell Me On A Sunday.” Both shows were presented by  Midtown Productions during the annual arts festival Piccolo Spoleto.

Held May 24 – June 9 in Charleston, Piccolo Spoleto included more than 700 events from various genres of art including dance, theatre, music, film, poetry, jazz, crafts and international culture.

McInish, who was involved in the art and theatre community when she was a student at the University of Alabama, joined Midtown Productions with only a month to organize and build the show.

“We worked on the show 24/7 and didn’t sleep much. But once the show started, we felt like the hard part was over,” said McInish.

Cast members for Piccolo Spoleto used puppets made of recycled materials to bring Noah’s Ark alive on stage during a performance of “Children  of Eden.”
Cast members for Piccolo Spoleto used puppets made of recycled materials to bring Noah’s Ark alive on stage during a performance of “Children of Eden.”

The puppets she helped build were made of recycled and donated materials such as bottles, musical instruments, personal items, discarded construction materials and grocery bags. All of the costumes were made from organic and natural materials or recycled clothing.

The 90-minute show, which featured talent from the Charleston Acting Studio, was an event featured in Piccolo Spoleto’s theatre series and was performed in the Footlight Players Theatre on Queen Street.

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McInish’s role in the Child Life program at MUSC includes therapeutic play, diagnosis teaching, family support and coping support during procedures.

“I found out about child life from a little girl I used to babysit. She was a patient at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, where there was a big child life program,” said McInish, who has been at MUSC for three years.

She draws inspiration from the world of the arts. By blowing bubbles, encouraging messy craft projects and playing silly songs on an iPad, McInish is able to break down the misconceptions and fears the children have while in the hospital.

She’s able to put on a show, both on stage and in a hospital room.

June 13, 2013
 
 
 

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