Performed Old Man and the River today at Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy - a radically open-minded school offering advanced early learning for kinders and pre-kinders.
This reminded me of my past, where, throughout most of the 1980s I plied my trade doing good old fashioned puppet shows in gymnasiums across the land.
I've always found that one can detect the "flavour" of a school - is it kind? are they smart? do the kids exhibit basic politeness? - the very second one walks through the front doors. Fraser Mustard is, then, a very special school indeed!
Very happy to be remounting Theatre Direct's tabletop puppet show for the very young,
Old Man and the River. Here's a schedule of upcoming performances. Showtimes are constantly in flux, so contact me directly if you'd like to come. Hope to see you there!
Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto:
November 14 - 17
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catherines:
November 19 - 12
Fraser Mustard School, 82 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto:
November 21 - 23
Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto:
November 25 & 26
Harbourfront Studio, 235 Queen’s Quay, Toronto …
November 28, 29, 30
Persephone Theatre, 100 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon ...
December 6 - 9
Old Man and the River
Created by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones
Concept, Dramaturgy and Direction by Lynda Hill |Inspired by the story by Thomas Morgan Jones
Original Production Design by Kelly Wolf
Original Music by Nicky Phillips
Original Lighting Design by Jennifer Lennon
Puppetry by Mike Petersen and Eric Woolfe
Performed by Andrew Young, Ingrid Hansen, Alexandra Montagnese, and Mike Petersen
Stage Management by Sandi Becker
In a forest where rivers sing, trees giggle, and curious dragonflies come to visit, a grumpy Old Man lives in his little house. Every day is exactly the same and he likes it that way, until one day…a magical creature leaps into his life and everything changes!
The production has received unanimous praise from children, parents, grandparents, and teachers for its artistry and its story of newfound friendship.
Old Man and the River is the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young and their grownups. This performance features interactive pre-show and post-show audience engagement created especially for this age group as well as classroom extensions for teachers.
RP (Relaxed Performance) | Autism Friendly: The gentle, welcoming atmosphere, the interactive pre-show and post-show audience engagement, as well as the on-line Social Story makes Old Man and the River accessible for children of all needs and abilities.
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