Sixth grade students at Brentwood Middle are learning about one of the oldest forms of theater: puppetry.

Theater arts teacher Meredith Daniels is teaching her class how to bring a puppet to life. The students learn how to move the puppet, create a character and perform improvisation scenes.

“Puppets allow some of the kids to come out of their shells,” Daniels said. “It explores a new form of theater that they’re not used to seeing.”