From Naughty to Nice: WORLD PREMIERE!
Victory for the forces of democratic freedom! The Old Trouts have completed our Christmas TV special: From Naughty to Nice, a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada. It tells the story of Santa as a kid, back when he was a greedy, obstinate little monster, with an army of elves making toys just for him.And the world premiere is at the Calgary International Film Festival. Come look at what we’ve gone and done…
Saturday, September 27, 2014. 5:00 pm. Eau Claire Cinema in Calgary.
Back by Popular Demand: Famous Puppet Death Scenes
Let us cure your fear of death; no more anxiety about difficult choices, no more dreading birthdays, no more desperate pleas for immortality through fame, art, or progeny.
Through a collection of famous scenes culled from the absolute best puppet shows in history, including Edward’s Last Prance, from The Ballad of Edward Grue by Samuel Groanswallow, The Feverish Heart by Nordo Frot, Why I Am So Sad by Sally, and the unforgettable Bipsy’s Mistake, from Bipsy and Mumu Go to the Zoo by Fun Freddy, the Old Trouts will deconstruct your traumatized psyche and reconstruct you so that death means nothing to you anymore.
In a way, we promise ever-lasting life. Through a puppet show. That’s right.
2014-15 North American Tour:
November 22 - 23 Margaret Greenham Theatre, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
December 9 - January 4, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, DC
February 3 - 22 The Roxy Theatre, Theatre Network, Edmonton, Alberta
March 13 - 28, Flanagan Theatre, Theatre Junction GRAND, Calgary, Alberta
March 31 - April 19, York Theatre, The Cultch, Vancouver, British Columbia
Our 2013-14 Fundraising Campaign is a Success!
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop is a peculiar and wondrous and fragile thing that struggles to exist against great odds -- like, say, a very small flower in a nasty place full of rocks and cruel wind. Except that a very small flower needs sun and a little water now and then whereas the Old Trout Puppet Workshop needs, well, money.
Our 2013-14 fundraising goal is: $8,000. Some of our closest friends committed $2,758 to get us started. And we held ourselves a little fundraiser at the Dolly Wiggler Cabaret in May which raised another $1,800, for a total of $4,558 - taking us halfway there!
Week #1 UPDATE: Some more good friends have chipped in with $1,410
Week #2 UPDATE: We are grateful to receive another $1,530
Week #3 UPDATE: New supporters take us over the top with $892!
Raised: $8,390: 105% of goal as of July 10, 2014
THANK YOU for helping us reach our goal!
If you would still like to help us, and "Become a Trout", we'd be glad to have you join us.
The Old Trout Workshop is a registered non profit organization (BN:867021529RR0001). Old Trout Puppet Workshop donations are processed through Canada Helps, a public charitable foundation providing a donation portal to 80,000 Canadian charities. To make a safe, secure on-line donation, please click on the Canada Helps link below:
If you have any questions or would care to donate with cash or cheque, please send us an email or give us a call: 403-508-4929
Curious about what we do?
If you live in Calgary, Alberta or nearby or heck - even if you're just passing through - drop by the studio anytime for a visit.
Please call ahead to ensure that someone is actually there: 403-508-4929
Find us here: #102, 4632 1 Street S.E. - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
"one of the best shows of the year… not to be missed."
The Globe & Mail
"visually stunning and endlessly entertaining."
The L.A. Times
"dramatically engaging and visually stunning."
The Boston Globe
Thank you to the following "Trouts" for their support of our 2013-14 Fundraising Campaign:
Rainbow Trouts ($500+)
Len Kraemer and CKAID
Hugh and Karen Balkwill
Bull Trouts ($250 - $499)
Speckled Trouts ($100 - $249)
Brook Trouts ($50 - $99)
Up to $49
$1,800 - Dolly Wiggler Cabaret
Special thanks to: