A typical traditional puppet show begins with three beats on the gong and cymbal and starts with a Ritual Dance, performed by a medium, who pays respect to the guardian spirits (The Nats or good spirits) of the area by offering coconut and bananas.
2. Himalayan Scene
Hinalayan Range is the habit of many animals and demons, finally “the Zaw-Gyi (or) the Alchemist.” The first to appear is the horse. According to the Buddhist concept of the Universe, the first constellation to appear on the sky is the galaxy of stars shaped liked a horse’s head.
3. Alchemist (Zaw-Gyi)
According to popular belief Zaw-Gyi is a demigod clad in red, full of vigour, who lives in the forest. He always carries a magic stick. He has a friendly face, which also expresses his philosophical mind. As he is an Alchemist, he grinds medical plants with his magic stick on a stone slab. When he achieves success, he dances about and does a lot of acrobatics and he even sits on his magic stick. He is puppet character who is capable of flying through the air and boring through the earth.
4.Royal Page Boy’s Dance
This character was the symbol of “The visit Myanmar Year 1996”. Pageboys served as general errand boys in the palace and were most useful in carrying message. One of their duties was to run ahead of royal processions, to make sure all was in Oder and to point out the seating plan of the nobles.
Leading directly from the Pageboy, two popular rural villagers, and old bachelor and an old spinster perform a humorous romance dance.
6. The Competitive Dance (Human being and Puppet)
“Anything you can do I can do better.” “Yoke Thay”, once a highly esteemed royal past time, is a show not merely of stringed wooden dolls but of like human substitutes. They could make human dancers so environs of their superceding artistry that there has emerged a form of marionette dance imitatively created by human beings themselves.
7. The Prince and Princess
Love duet is the most beautiful and sentimental performance. This is the climax of the puppet show. The best puppetrees are always selected to perform this magnificent and artistic dance.
The Prince, back from this studies, bring his love one to the palace to present her to his parents. Two clowns, who make jokes, accompany them to entertain when they are tired.