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DoPE (the Department of Pawpetry Entertainment), is the crew behind the pawpet show at Eurofurence. The show is also known as the LSD Show, as it was originally set at Lionel Scritchie's Dormitory. Despite the drug-refering puns of the acronyms, the only drugs involved in making the show are pure and utter nonsense along with a great love for puppetry.
The initiative for the show came from Fairlight, who took his lion pawpet to ConFurence 11 and met TeddyRuxpin of PawPets West, who was organizing the pawpet events at the convention. Fairlight immediately became addicted to puppeteering and organized a short music parody show for Eurofurence 6. Additional puppeteers on that show were Lynard, Eisfuchs and Jaryic. The LSD Show became one of the main events of the following Eurofurences.
The following 10 years after the initial parody show, the main pawpeteers and their roles were:
- Eisfuchs (performer and voice of Lori the naïve vixen)
- Fairlight (performer and voice of Poke the big-mouthed and perverted ferret)
- Lynard (voice and performer of Lionel C. Scruffycat the rational lion)
- TaniDaReal (voice and performer of Mika the tough Snow Leopardess) (joined at Eurofurence 9).
Starting with Eurofurence 17, the team decided that the larger stage and audience demanded a change of the show format. The classic hand puppets were retired and new, custom built rod puppets were designed and built, which were operated by at least two puppeteers per puppet. This also meant to part with the old cast of characters in favor of story driven characters on a per-show basis. From Eurofurence 19 on, the score and songs have been written and arranged by Fox Amoore, performed by himself and additional musicians.
Additional long-time puppeteers are Curry Qíulóng, Furvan, Kayjay, o'wolf, Pan Hesekiel Shiroi, Tigerseye, Zefiro, and many more, listed on the respective show sub pages below. The backdrops and set elements were originally designed by TaniDaReal and are created by a dedicated team nowadays. Props usually get designed and built by various crew members. The puppet stage manager and assistant director is Reesa, who was joined by Zefiro and then Haku Ginko in the later years. Sound and recordings engineer is Jaryic, lights initially were operated and designed by Nightfox, which changed several times in the later years. Puppets are built mostly by Tioh, with additional puppets built by crew members and puppet builders such as Lance Ikegawa or Henrieke. The crew also includes the Eurofurence video team under direction of BigBlueFox as well as a second video unit led by Suran. Additional helpers are needed for scene-shifting, curtain operation, projection and lighting. The show at Eurofurence 11 had more than twenty people on staff, in the meantime this number rose to over eighty.
- Lionel Scritchie's Dormitory (Eurofurence 6)
- Medieval Madness (Eurofurence 7)
- F.I.A. (Eurofurence 8)
- Ceška Paradisa (Eurofurence 9)
- The Phantom of the Pawpet-Show (Eurofurence 10)
- Songs of the Old Ages (Eurofurence 11)
- The Hounds of Blackwhite Castle (Eurofurence 12)
- The Unlucky Thirteen (Eurofurence 13)
- Dreamcatchers (Eurofurence 14)
- Operation Desert Snow (Eurofurence 15)
- Ogwambi (Eurofurence 16)
- The Year of the Rat (Eurofurence 17)
- Pompeii (Eurofurence 18)
- End Tide (Eurofurence 19)
- Keepers of the Light (Eurofurence 20)
- Goldeneyes (Eurofurence 22)
- The Skies of Astar (Eurofurence 23)
- Juno Rising (Eurofurence 24)
- Demön HünterZ (Eurofurence 25)
- The Signal (Eurofurence 26)
- All Cats are Beautiful (Eurofurence 27)
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