Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Puppetmongers Holiday Show Dec 17 to Jan 1 in Toronto

From a media release:
Puppetmongers proudly presents
Bed & Breakfast
December 17, 2011 - January 1, 2012
Created by Ann Powell
Performed by Ann Powell and David Powell
Directed by Sue Miner

Toronto, December 12, 2011
- Puppetmongers' beloved winter holiday performances are just around the corner. They have been a tradition for families and theatre-goers in Toronto since 1990 and this year, Puppetmongers presents Bed & Breakfast, an entertaining and charming tale for the whole family, aged 5 years and up. 

Bed & Breakfast runs at Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space from Saturday December 17, 2011 to Sunday January 1, 2012 (no shows December 19-25).

Under the direction of Sue Miner (co-artistic director of Pea Green Theatre), Bed & Breakfast is a whimsical new version of The Princess and the Pea in which clever servants conspire against their bumbling employers in the service of true love, while the hero and heroine dodge hilarious disaster along the road to happily-ever-after. Set in a magnificent miniature mansion of the Edwardian era, older children are intrigued by the captivating detail - tiny working period light fixtures and a teeny steaming bathtub - while younger children are entranced by the story, transfixed by the power of make-believe. Adults appreciate the abundant humour and everyone is delighted by the happy outcome. This magical and witty production, perfect for children aged 5 to 12, has not been seen in Toronto since 2008.

Ann Powell premiered Bed & Breakfast at the Puppeteers of America Festival in Los Angeles in 1985, where it received a Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from l'Union International de la Marionette, USA. Since being reworked to its current two-hander form, it has twice earned Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences Division, and it was shortlisted for the Chalmers Award for New Canadian Play.

The brother and sister team of Ann and David Powell, aka Puppetmongers Theatre, have been bewitching audiences for nearly 40 years with their extraordinary creations. At the forefront of puppetry arts in Canada, the award winning Puppetmongers have created 11 original shows, both for young audiences and adults, and have toured throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Their puppetry was featured in the 2007 film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman.

Puppetmongers Theatre proudly presents Bed & Breakfast
December 17, 2011 - January 1, 2012 at Tarragon Extra Space
Created by Ann Powell - Performed by Ann Powell and David Powell - Directed by Sue Miner
Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto
Suitable for Family Audiences: Ideal for all adults, and children aged 5 and up.
Daily matinees: December 17 & 18 at 2:30pm;  2pm thereafter (except no performances December 19-25)
Added shows Thursday, December 29 and Friday December 30 at 4:30pm

Tickets: Child/senior/student $20. Adult $25 (except Jan. 1 - see below).
Discount Deal: Family bundle of four tickets - $75

SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S DAY GALA & PARTY: Jan 1 at 2pm. All tickets $40 ($15 charitable receipt)
Booking Tickets: Tarragon Box Office at 416-531-1827, online at or by e-mail to

EXTRA Post-show Puppet Making Workshops
December 26, 27 and 28 only - Duration 1 hour (3:30pm to 4:30 pm)
Suitable for children aged 5 to 12, at $10 per child, with an accompanying adult.
Very limited enrollment. Please book your place at the Tarragon Box Office: 416-531-1827
More info: or 416-469-3555

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