Boogie monsters, musical sleepovers and adventure are all par for the course at this year’s Snow Globe Festival of Children’s Theatre, presented by Promise Productions and Azimuth Theatre.
This year’s Snow Globe features three distinct works: How to Eat Like a Child, directed by festival producer Ellen Chorley and based on the book by Delia Ephron, which covers important topics such as how to beg for a dog, sibling torture and eating like a child; Boogie Monster Club by Benjamin Gorodetsky and directed by Andrew Ritchie, a tale following three children who have immigrated to Edmonton and brought their boogie monsters along with them; and Brother Platypus & Sister SuKat Go To The Sea by Spirot and Khiara Quigley, directed by Murray Utas and presented by Azimuth Theatre, which portrays sibling struggles in the form of a baby platypus who baffles his older sister with his behaviour. She begins to dream and imagines herself as a cat, a scenario that results in an adventure to get her brother to the sea, where he belongs.
“This year it turned out that all the shows are sort of about dreaming and about sleeping and sleepovers and what happens in nightmares and dreams,” Chorley explains.
The popular Holiday Half Time Show will be returning to entertain between plays as well. What exactly the show involves depends on the evening, but Chorley notes Thou Art Theatre will be presenting kid-friendly Shakespeare in the lobby along with musical acts and storytellers.
Snow Globe is aimed at children, but Chorley strives to prepare a program that posses some cross-generational appeal, too.
“Often when kids come their parents have to come too, so they might as well have a good time,” she laughs before adding that children are often the most honest audience. “If they like something, they love it and if they are bored, they hate it. I think keeping my audience in mind challenges me to tell the best stories I can because the they are listening and soaking it in.”
Chorley adds that she’s always on the lookout for shows that are first and foremost unique, but which also provide a glimpse into what’s going on in children’s lives.
“That’s really important to me that we’re telling relevant stories. I like to look for stuff that has a good tie-in to schooling and things that can be educational as well,” she explains, using Boogie Monster Club as an example of a story that delves into immigration and friendship. “I think physically with Boogie Monster Club there’s an idea that you have to face your fear and you can do that with your friends. That’s really important this year—with all of the shows there’s a big idea of friendship.”
Tue, Dec 17 – Sat, Dec 21
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