Quest’s fall tour is THE UMBRELLA – Created by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét and the Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s Judd Palmer. This Puente Theatre and Old Trout Puppet Workshop co-production, based on the book shortlisted for Canada’s Governor-General’s Award for Children’s Literature, written and illustrated by Judd Palmer, is being adapted to a school audience with support from Quest Theatre.
I always enjoy working with Quest Theatre and artistic director, Nikki Loach. Nikki has poetic vision and is always striving to elevate children’s theatre to new heights. She requested that the images be inspired with a steam punk feel, they needed to feel soggy.
The Umbrella is a story about an umbrella who enjoys protecting a man in a dreary, soggy land. But what happens when the umbrella is broken by a storm and can no longer keep the man dry? A surprising fable about love and loyalty, the story is told with puppets and a spectacular music composition by a Balkan brass marching band, Bučan Bučan. The set is a theatrical-storm contraption, complete with thunder sheet, wind machine, and rain spout.
Touring Alberta schools Oct 19. – Nov. 6, 2015 • for Grades K-6
The artists are Anne Lalancette (the puppeteer) and Troy O’Donnell (The storyteller)
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