Monster Theatre’s Special Offer to Greater Vancouver Schools!

Greetings, amazing administrators of Greater Vancouver schools!
We here at Monster Theatre hope that Spring is treating you well and that your school year is wrapping up swimmingly.
As you plan your Arts and Culture offerings for your students in the 2017 season, It is our pleasure to offer some deals to you in order to make highly entertaining, joyfully interactive professional live theatre accessible!
GATEWAY SHAKESPEARE FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS!! 
Let kids discover that Shakespeare is fun, understandable, and brimming with invented language and comedy.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream! For Kids! Please contact our GM Maryanne Renzetti for more info!
 
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Monster Theatre on Tour Now!

Monster Theatre for Kids has hit the road again with our award-winning show, The Little Prince!! Keep up our busy schedule here:

 

March 9, 2016: McKinney Elementary, Richmond, BC

March 9, 2016: Homma Elementary, Richmond, BC

March 11, 2016: Woodward Hill Elementary, Surrey, BC

March 11, 2016: Martha Currie Elementary, Surrey, BC

March 13, 2016: Chuck Mobley Theatre, Quesnel, BC

March 31, 2016: Mediated Learning Academy, Coquitlam, BC

April 5, 2016: Clarence Jaycox School, Red Earth Creek, AB

April 6, 2016: St. Edmund School, Edmonton, AB

April 6, 2016: Brander Gardens School, Edmonton, AB

April 7, 2016: Meridian Heights School, Stony Plain, AB

April 7, 2016: Woodbridge Farms School, Sherwood Park, AB

April 9, 2016: Key City Theatre, Cranbrook, BC

April 11, 2016: Juniper Ridge Elementary, Kamloops, BC

April 11, 2016: McGowan Park Elementary, Kamloops, BC

April 12, 2016: G W Graham Middle School, Chilliwack, BC

April 13, 2016: Collettville Elementary, Merritt, BC

April 14, 2016: Panorama Heights Elementary, Coquitlam, BC

April 15, 2016: Capilano Elementary, North Vancouver, BC

April 15, 2016: St. Patrick Elementary, Vancouver, BC

Nancy Kenny stars as The Little Prince, and Tara Travis plays everyone else!

Nancy Kenny stars as The Little Prince, and Tara Travis plays everyone else!

 

 

And the Jessie Goes To…

We’re so thrilled to announce that, at the 2015 Jessie Richardson Awards in June 2015, Artistic Producer Tara Travis and Dusty Hagerud took home the Jessie for Outstanding Design the in Theatre for Young Audiences category! The Little Prince will be back this winter for a tour around BC and Alberta so you can still check out their awesome designs!

Nancy Kenny stars as The Little Prince, and Tara Travis plays everyone else!

The Little Prince nominated for 5 Jessies!

After a successful tour through BC and Alberta, we are thrilled to announce that our original adaptation of The Little Prince has been nominated for 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre awards in the TYA category.

Outstanding Production
Outstanding Direction: Ryan Gladstone
Outstanding Performance: Nancy Kenny and Tara Travis
Outstanding Puppetry: Tara Travis
Outstanding Puppet/Prop Design: Dusty Hagerud and Tara Travis
Nancy Kenny and Tara Travis are nominated together for Outstanding Performance in a Theatre for Young Audiences Production.

Nancy Kenny and Tara Travis are nominated together for Outstanding Performance in a Theatre for Young Audiences Production.

We are looking forward to celebrating with our amazing Vancouver Theatre community at the Awards Ceremony June 22nd at the Commodore Ballroom.

The Little Prince is coming your way in 2015/16!

We are joyously preparing for the premiere of our original adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s cherished novella, The Little Prince, on tour in BC and Alberta from January 14-on!

Nancy Kenny stars as The Little Prince, and Tara Travis plays everyone else!

Nancy Kenny stars as The Little Prince, and Tara Travis plays everyone else!

Meet talking roses and foxes! Venture out on interplanetary travel! Learn about true love and loyalty! Join The Little Prince on a spectacular adventure as he celebrates open-mindedness, open-heartedness and the beauty of imagination. With puppets, masks, original music and a little theatre magic, the storytelling experts of Monster Theatre capture the hearts and funny bones of audiences of all ages as they bring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s cherished novella to life.

For an up-to date tour schedule, visit here, and find out when we’re coming to your community!

Mini Masterpieces Tour 2013: The critics have spoken!

As the Monsters make their way across beautiful British Columbia and back again, the accolades for Mini Masterpieces are rolling in. There’s nothing better than making a gymnasium of 450 kids laugh their heads off.

Here’s a small sampling of the feedback we’ve received:

“We loved the performance!  Tara and Bruce were phenomenal!!  The kids laughed the entire performance, as did the adults.  As a reading school we truly appreciated the focus on books. Tremendous acting and I would have no doubt recommend them to my colleagues.”
-North Otter Elementary

“The performance was fantastic!”
-Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary

“We just watched the Monster Theatre presentation.  The staff and students
thoroughly enjoyed the program!  The acting and singing was excellent as was
the humor and comedy which was presented to us.  We would welcome them back to our school again.”
-Collingwood Neighbourhood School

“We all loved the performance by Monster Theatre.  The actors were so engaging
and personable.  One teacher said she was laughing so much that she almost
fell off her chair. The teachers were impressed with the different levels
of jokes and humour.  The group incorporated jokes for the little kids, and
then higher end jokes for the students in the intermediate grades, and then
even took it further and put in a few jokes only the adults would get.  We
liked the way the group started out with a few short skits on the fables,
and then went into the longer stories near the end.  We would definitely
recommend this show to other elementary schools.  The actors were tremendous
and the kids were interested the whole time.”
-Hazelgrove Elementary

Coming soon…reviews from the critics who matter most…the kids!!

Mini Masterpieces on Tour!

We’re all rehearsed and ready to bring our brand new Mini Masterpieces to the schools and families of BC and Alberta from January 29-March 11, 2013!

The Monsters are bringing you short, hilarious versions of Rapunzel, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and Aesop’s Fables that will make you want to run out, grab the books and read them for yourselves.

The amazing Bruce Horak joins Tara Travis for this tour, which includes several performances of The Shakespeare Show in Secondary Schools, too!

See you out there, friends!

A Christmas Carol, Monster-Style coming your way!

This holiday season, warm your hearts and exercise your laugh muscles with Monster Theatre’s take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol

Written and Directed by Ryan Gladstone
Starring Bruce Horak and Tara Travis

Ryan Gladstone writes and directs this clever new take on a holiday classic!

The world’s most feared and grumpy theatrical impresario has created an extravaganza of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol featuring a cast of nearly one hundred actors, singers, dancers, musicians, jugglers, and fire eaters.

It’s opening night, but due to the impossible demands being made on them, all the actors have quit just prior to the first performance…all except one, that is! Not wanting to refund the tickets for a sold-out opening night, the curmudgeonly producer declares that the show must go on. The lone remaining cast member, not wanting to disappoint the throngs of children with their mums and dads who have filled the theatre, agrees to help out.

Together, they take to the stage and perform the entire play themselves!

Over 50 characters, puppets, songs, dance numbers, flying ghosts, and a heartwarming finale all performed by just two actors.

Coming to a Theatre near you this Holiday Season!

Sunday, November 25, 2012 Cleland Theatre, Penticton, BC
Tuesday, November 27- Saturday, December 1, 2012  Maple Ridge Arts Centre
Sunday, December 2, 2012 Centennial Theatre North Vancouver, BC
Sunday, December 09, 2012  Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Prince George Civic Centre
Sunday, December 16, 2012 Evergreen Cultural Centre
Saturday, December 22, 2012 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC

Lavinia Returns to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival!

Lavinia: A Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions
Returns to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival!

“5 stars!” –Winnipeg Free Press

“Executed flawlessly by one of the best physical comediennes I’ve ever seen…
Don’t miss this one…A+!”
-Uptown Magazine

“Tara Travis has to be the most likeable actor at the Fringe,
it’s impossible not to like her show!”
CBC Manitoba

One giant girl. One huge dream. One massive adventure.

In 2009, Tara Travis took on the biggest challenge of her professional career to date: the creation and performance of a solo show inspired by her childhood experience of being a big kid (wearing her mom’s shoes by the age of 8, and her dad’s shoes by the age of 11) who spent a lot of time in the world of her imagination.

Lavinia (then spelled “Lavignia”) premiered in Winnipeg to one of the warmest, most amazing adult audiences Travis has ever had the pleasure of playing for. Now she’s excited to return to the Winnipeg Fringe…this time playing for the kids!

About the show

Lavinia is 8 years old.  Lavinia is 8 feet tall.  Lavinia has a giant imagination, a giant sense of humour and a giant heart.  Join her hilarious adventure and meet everyone from Muffles the cat to Porchenko the microscopic warrior. Battle the crabdragon, save the land of Bukva, and find a place where everyone belongs.

Created and performed by Travis (from last year’s Best of Fest winner Houdini’s Last Escape) with direction and dramaturgy from Fringe veteran Ryan Gladstone (Every Story Ever Told, Freud vs. his Ego), this family-friendly fantasy adventure promises laughs, attempted dancing, and an important reminder about self-worth and belonging that’s inspiring for humans of all ages.

Recommended for humans who like to laugh aged 5 to 105.

Lavinia: A Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions
A Monster Theatre for Kids production
Written and performed by Tara Travis
Direction and dramaturgy by Ryan Gladstone
Sound Design by Alexander Brendan Ferguson

Playing at the Winnipeg Fringe Kids Venue: 211 Bannatyne Ave. (Crocus Building)

Thursday, July 19 @ 3:45 PM
Friday, July 20 @ 2:30 PM
Saturday, July 21 @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, July 22 @ 4:15 PM
Tuesday, July 24 @ 2:30 PM
Thursday, July 26 @ 2:30 PM
Friday, July 27 @ 7:15 PM
Saturday, July 28 @ 11:00 AM
Sunday, July 29 @ 1:00 PM

To see clips of Lavinia on Youtube, click here.

BUT WAIT! THAT’S NOT ALL! Tara Travis is not only remounting Lavinia at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival this summer, but is also premiering a new solo show (for adults): Til Death Do We Part: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, A One-Woman Play, written and directed by Ryan Gladstone, who is also performing in a new solo show of his own, No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery. Both are playing at Venue 17-PTE- The Colin Jackson Studio.