IGNORANCE RETURNS TO CANADA!
Yes, God help us all. After prancing about in Europe for the past year or so, our latest prehistoric puppet production comes back home. Watch a trailer here. And look at these dates: Do you live in any of these places? It’s a high-speed cross-country commando attack:
- Jan 7 to 19 - Victoria, BC | The Roxy Theatre
- Jan 22 - Nelson, BC | Capitol Theatre
- Jan 24 - Vernon, BC | Vernon Performing Arts Centre
- Jan 27 to Feb 2 - Saskatoon, SK | Broadway Theatre
- Mar 10 to 15 - Montreal, PQ | Espace Libre -tickets on sale now
- Mar 17 to 22 - Kitchener, ON | Centre in the Square Theatre -tickets on sale now
And in the morning, we'll be gone ...
BECAUSE:We’re headed back to Europe in 2014 for a 3-week run at the Nuit de Fourvière Festival in Lyon where we will be performing three different shows in June and putting up a museum display of our puppet art which will beleaguer French audiences throughout the summer. We might even throw in a side trip to perform Ignorance at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania.
BUT THE ANCIENT AND GRIZZLED AMONGST YOU MAY CARE TO KNOW:
We’ve dug deep into the dusty disused crates that clutter our workshop, and pulled out the ragged remnants of our dear old show, Famous Puppet Death Scenes, to perform in Lyon. We’ll be reworking it a titch (we’re older but theoretically wiser now) and then bringing it home to prepare for a tour of Canada and the US. The first dates: November 21st and 22nd at the Banff Centre. Mark your calendars. Postpone births. It will be worth it.
A BUT BEFORE THAT HAPPENS:
A couple of years ago, a group of puppeteers and musicians holed up in the mountains for a couple of weeks to drink wine, write songs, scrabble for bones, and gnaw on each others’ arms: the result is the beginnings of a new Trout puppet musical experience called This Little Piggie.
The creative gang, including David Rhymer, Kris Demeanor, Little Miss Higgins, Bob Keelaghan, Bessie Wapp, and Eric Rose of Ghost River, have created a 22-song dustbowl extravaganza, which some people saw at the Ironwood last year. Next April we’ll be launching the full show, with puppets, big drums, accordions, and a dirty tent: it’ll be presented by the Calgary Folk Festival at their Festival Hall in Inglewood April 18th and 19th of 2014.
HUGE thank you to our sponsors:
Len Kraemer and CKAID, whose ongoing support has greatly helped sustain operations at our workshop in Manchester Industrial.
We will be sending out another Troutspout in the winter with more news - so keep your eye out for that. If you don't get the Troutspout, Join us and we will add you to the list
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop are funded in part by gracious sponsorships from the wonderful companies on the left and:
Marilyn Palmer and Philippe Boname
Steve Carruthers and Robin Turner
Tremendous thanks to the following Individual Donors:
Hugh and Karen Balkwill
Roger & Jeanne Bruntjen
Michael and Sandi Greene
Fairly Intelligent Ape:
In Honor of Pam Pouliot
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Find us here: 4632 1 Street S.E. - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
FROM NAUGHTY TO NICE:
Our new half-hour Christmas film (in co-production with the NFB) has a new title: From Naughty to Nice. The original title was The First Christmas Present, but focus groups (okay, a lady we sat next to on a plane) pointed out that that title make you think it's about the baby Jesus.
Nothing against the baby Jesus (or babies, for that matter), but the film isn't about Him. It’s the story of Santa Claus, back when he was a greedy, obstinate little child, ravenous for toys, and how he became the twinkly-eyed fellow we know and love today. The process of creating a film like this has taken a little longer than we thought, but the end product is nearly done. Like any good Christmas present, waiting for it is the best part. Look for it on TV during Christmas 2014. We’ll let you know the time, date and channel in your area.
AUGUST 2 - 18, 2014
Join Old Trout Pete at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art where he will be offering his sage wisdom, guidance and creative energy to another intake of artists for a 15 day intensive in the world of puppetry. Click here for more information.
And special thanks to:
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop would like to acknowledge and heartily thank the Rozsa Foundation for their valued support of The Trouts as well as their ongoing contribution to Calgary's greater non-profit arts community.
And sincere thanks The Community Spirit Program Donation Grant.