Snippets: Happy Families

from the Victorian card game
from the Victorian card game

Our theme for the August Snippets is Happy Families.

Come and hear stories about families…all sorts of happy families. (No, not all happy families are the same, in spite of the Anna Karenina principle.)

Guests Chris Ralph and Nicole Milne will help us add snippets of puppetry, drama and music to staged readings of some hilarious books.

At GCTC on August 23 at 1:30. Admission is free. Reserve here.

 

a happy family
Kathy and the kids

Into imagination….

Ah, good times!
Ah, good times!

Sydney plays Ivy in The Story of Holly & Ivy, coming to the Shenkman Arts Centre December 12 to 15 2013.

What do you do?
I’m in grade four at St. Augustine School.

What colour are your pyjamas?
I have many pairs of pyjamas. One has a dog on it with a hat and it’s blindfolded and the bubble says, “Is it snowing yet?”

What’s your favourite bedtime story?
The Boy Who Cried Wolf. It’s a good lesson about not to tell lies.

What do you have for breakfast?
Eggs and bacon or cereal. My favourite cereals are Rice Crispies and Mini Wheats.

Where would you most like to go on holidays?
Hawaii if it wasn’t so dangerous.

What’s so dangerous in Hawaii?
Volcanoes and sharks.

When did your first big adventure start?
When I started school, and acting.

When did acting start?
When I was in grade one, I went to this camp that was really fun and they told us all the acting things, like comedy, romance, and the end we had a humungous play, a romance. I forget who I was. A maid.

Where did it take you?
Into imagination.

Why did you get involved?
Because I like being one person but when I act I can be many people.

What three things would you bring to a deserted island?
Food, water and duct tape. To build shoes, and everything you need to survive. I saw a TV show about it and they used duct tape for everything.

Who would you most like to get stuck in an elevator with?
Probably Ross Lynch and Selena Gomez.

What’s one thing you don’t like?
Seaweed. I have a terrible fear of seaweed.

Do you have a catch phrase?
Sydney! The end.

Do you have any bad habits?
Sometimes when I’m bored I bite my fingernails. And it doesn’t do anything. There already disgusting and I make them worse.

What’s one thing you really like?
I like socks a lot. Ankle socks. I never take them off.

What if they need to be washed?
Then I take them off and immediately put new ones on.

 

Today’s Character: A Wicked Witch

Princess Makemknowit, a witch
Princess Makemknowit

Our featured character today is the villainess from The Light Princess.

Princess Makemnoit is the King’s sister, and he forgot to invite her to his daughter’s christening. Princess Makemnoit is very clever and very wicked. Come and see her cast some evil spells in The Light Princess at the Shenkman Arts Centre on September 22 at 1:30 and 3:30, and then again on September 29 at the Irving Greenberg Centre, home of GCTC.

What do you do?
I cast spells. Would you like me to turn you into a frog? (Evil laugh.)

What colour are your pyjamas?
As black as my heart, with black spots.

What’s your favourite bedtime story?
Hansel and Gretel. Too bad about the end!

What do you have for breakfast?
Hansel. (Another evil laugh.)

Where would you most like to go on holidays?
The dark, dark woods.

When did your first big adventure start?
When I was not invited to the christening. I decided to go anyway and make the whole family miserable.

Where did it take you?
To the palace, of course. It was a lovely party, until I arrived. (Evil laugh).

Why did you get involved?
I wanted to teach them a lesson.

What three things would you bring to a deserted island?
My book of spells, eye of newt and my dragon! Have you seen my dragon?

Who would you most like to get stuck in an elevator with?
Rumpelstiltskin. Such a naughty little man. I’m sure we’d have a lot in common.

What’s one thing you don’t like?
Blue skies and sunshine.

Do you have a catch phrase?
Won’t I just?

Do you have any bad habits?
Sometimes I’m kind to small animals.

What scares you?
Sometimes I scare myself.

Recent comments

We always are happy to get comments from our audience—especially when they’re like this!

It was well paced, which kept the children’s’ interest, and the story moved along quite well. The music was excellent, and the audience interaction from the two main performers really enhanced the experience for the children and adults in attendance! There were lots of giggles, squeals, and gasps at all the right parts! The kids clearly enjoyed themselves.

Rag and Bone presented a magical performance, and kept the attention of this age group. .. The musical accompaniment on accordion and with some singing really makes this story work, and the creation of the seascape with different pieces of cloth was great.

We love your performances. We appreciate being able to introduce our children to the classics in an entertaining way. This show had a lot of appeal for our early adolescent daughter as well. Thank you!

Awesome show … so creative … beautiful voices … THANK YOU!

Excellent, high quality show suitable for the family … music (was) beautiful … duration just right … Q & A at end of show great! Thank you.

Excellent! Good props. Super puppets! Performance was scary but the children were not scared!

Excellent show. Loved the music!

Great show – something for everyone – even us adults.

Great show. Very entertaining for young and old alike.

Thank you. Wonderful show.

Fabulous show!

Wonderful! Very creative. Thank you.

We love your shows and try to see them all. Frances really enjoyed Felicity Falls. Bravo!

I like the scary parts. The frog was my favourite animal because he is silly.

That was absolutely marvellous. Your interpretation of the story and delivery of the puppet show was captivating and superb.

Wonderful imagery.

Excellent! We loved it!

Really fun! Great use of props and what great clothes!

Excellent show.

It was fun!

It was really funny.

Great fun! Would love to come again.

Great show! Thanks for sharing folklore with the kids.

Love the evocative use of props for water, trees etc. Love the simplicity of the script – so accessible to kids without dumbing it down.

Wow! My whole family laughed and were thoroughly entertained. What excellent value. You are all so talented. What a super experience for kids. Thank you.

You did a fantastic job telling the story clearly and engagingly.

Wonderful! Music was beautifully performed and presentation was enchanting! ☺

Cassandra liked the music with the instruments. She especially liked the nightingale. Isabella liked the Grand Master and his personality. Genevieve like the humour. Darren like the creativity which made you imagine along with the story. Mary Ann liked the flow of the story and how it was always very interesting.

There was lots of music – various soft and loud sounds. The puppeteers did a great job moving the puppets. My favourite scene was in the forest looking for the nightingale.

It was very interesting because I am Chinese. I would love more Chinese fairy
tales at the theatre. The actors are amazing. Encore! Encore!

Excellent Show! Very innovative. Made us laugh!

Sultan Mehmet Ali Aba Pasha Ben Kuka

bence-sultanThe Sultan will be visiting Canada with his servant, Bence Sarkadi, coming to Almonte during the Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival.
We caught up with him as he departed Europe.

What do you do?
Percussions and break dancing, planning world domination.

What colour are your pyjamas?
Blue so that they match my turban.

What’s your favourite bedtime story?
Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.

What do you have for breakfast?
Baklava.

Where would you most like to go on holidays?
Like all Sultans I like conquering the world as a pastime and spending summers on the beaches of one of my newly acquired countries.

When did your first big adventure start?
I was once the ruler of the Ottoman Empire. I went to Greece to invade the country but I was told that it had been done once before and it didn’t work out too well. So I did the next best thing: I conquered the hearts of the citizens of Greece with my dancing. Then I went on to other countries. My dream is to one day rule the world, or at least the puppet stages of the world.

What three things would you bring to a deserted island?
My drums, my music and my turban.

Who would you most like to get stuck in an elevator with?
Halar Babi Turbulabi, the world’s foremost designer of stylish turbans.

What’s one thing you don’t like?
Being put back into the bag after performing. The bag ruffles my turban.

Do you have any bad habits?
Looooove turbans, can’t get enough of them.

What scares you?
Marionette lions and going on stage without my turban.

Rag & Bone library shows this August

Here’s the list of our shows in Ottawa area libraries this summer. You can register for the shows here.

Zoom at Sea Aug 19 10:30am
Greenboro Branch
363 Lorry Greenberg Drive
Ottawa, K1T 3P8
613-580-2957
Contacts: Jessica Green, Lise Dumas or Angela Madore

Zoom at Sea Aug 19 2pm
Elmvale Acres Branch
1910 St-Laurent
Ottawa, K1G 1A4
613-738-0619
Contacts: Veronique Dupuis, Deborah-Ann Davis

Zoom at Sea Aug 20 2pm
Hazeldean Branch
50 Castlefrank
Ottawa, K2L 2N5
613-836-1900
Contacts: Jennifer Evans

Zoom at Sea Aug 20 10:30 am
Cumberland Branch
1599 Tenth Line
Ottawa, K1E 3E8
613-580-2954
Contacts: Rebekah McCallum, Claire Menard Laflamme or Natalie Landry-Teixeira

Felicity Falls Wed Aug 21 10:30am
Carp Branch
3911 Carp
Ottawa, K0A 1L0
613-839-5412
Contact: Lori Fielding, Valerie Jorgensen

Felicity Falls Aug 21 3pm
Vernon Branch
8682 Bank
Ottawa, K0A 3J0
613-821-3389
Contact: Jennifer Calhoun, Donna Bowen
Zoom at Sea Aug 19 10:30am
Greenboro branch
363 Lorry Greenberg Drive
Ottawa, K1T 3P8
613-580-2957
Contacts: Jessica Green, Lise Dumas or Angela Madore

Zoom at Sea Aug 19 2pm
Elmvale Acres Branch
1910 St-Laurent
Ottawa, K1G 1A4
613-738-0619
Contacts: Veronique Dupuis, Deborah-Ann Davis

Zoom at Sea Aug 20 2pm
Hazeldean Branch
50 Castlefrank
Ottawa, K2L 2N5
613-836-1900
Contacts: Jennifer Evans

Zoom at Sea Aug 20 10:30 am
Cumberland Branch
1599 Tenth Line
Ottawa, K1E 3E8
613-580-2954
Contacts: Rebekah McCallum, Claire Menard Laflamme or Natalie Landry-Teixeira

Felicity Falls Wed Aug 21 10:30am
Carp Branch
3911 Carp
Ottawa, K0A 1L0
613-839-5412
Contact: Lori Fielding, Valerie Jorgensen

Felicity Falls Aug 21 3pm
Vernon Branch
8682 Bank
Ottawa, K0A 3J0
613-821-3389
Contact: Jennifer Calhoun, Donna Bowen