René LePin: the best paddler in Canada!

René LePin
René LePin

René’s been a lumberman, a raftsman, a voyageur, a coureur de bois, and a loup-garou: half-man, half wolf! René’s in The Flying Canoe in the Richcraft Theatre on February 9th at 11:30 and 1:30.

What do you do?
I can steer a canoe with my eyes closed!

What colour are your pyjamas?
Eh? I never change my clothes. I wash my socks once a year.

What’s your favourite bedtime story?
Have you heard the one about the loup-garou? That was me.

What do you have for breakfast?
Beans, of course. For lunch, beans. For supper, beans. Baked beans. Yum

Where would you most like to go on holidays?
I’d like to go to Montreal to see my girl friend.

When did your first big adventure start?
It was New Year’s Eve . . .

Where did it take you?
To my Uncle’s house, and later, into a snow bank.

Why did you get involved?
I wanted to see my girl friend.

How did you know that your life had changed forever?
When I howled at the moon.

What three things would you bring to a deserted island?
My paddle, beans, and my buddy, Jean-Marc.

What’s one thing you don’t like?
Being stuck in a house.

Do you have a catch phrase?
Eh?

Do you have any bad habits?
Probably I should wash my socks more often.

What scares you?
Not getting to the trading post ahead of the other trappers.

Jack Rabbit

Jack reading with his father, Rod.
Jack reading with his father, Rod.

Jack is the youngest member of the Rabbit family in the animal village of Felicity Falls. Jack likes to pick blueberries with his Mom, he loves to play with his sister, Rose, and he’s crazy about jumping. When he grows up, he’d like to fly a hot air balloon, like Waldo Weasel.

What do you do?
I jump up and down and sometimes I land on people.

What colour are your pyjamas?
Red.

What’s your favourite bedtime story?
Peter Rabbit.

What do you have for breakfast?
Carrots.

Where would you most like to go on holidays?
Can we go camping at the waterfall?

When did your first big adventure start?
When I went picking blueberries with my Mom.

Where did it take you?
Over the hill and near the woods.

Why did you get involved?
Blueberries, yum!

How did you know that your life had changed forever?
When I got my first big-boy bed.

What three things would you bring to a deserted island?
Carrots, carrot muffins, and carrot pie.

What’s one thing you don’t like?
Bedtime.

Do you have a catch phrase?
It’s morning time, morning time, up, up, up time!

Do you have any bad habits?
Jumping up and down and landing on people.

What scares you?
Thinking about losing my teddy. And Farmer McGregor.

Puppets at your finger tips

Two rabbits
Rabbit friends

 

Would you like to do your own puppet show?

We’ve developed an easy finger puppet pattern for children to make. The pattern, with complete instructions, is available here.

You can easily modify the pattern for different characters just by re-shaping the ears.

Once you’ve made a few puppets, you can make up a story with them and act it out. Perhaps the dining room table could be your stage… but, remember, eat your carrots first!

Can’t complain!

Russell Levia, musician extraordinaire.

We caught up with Russell at Irene’s on a Saturday afternoon where he is a frequent performer at their Open Mike. A multi-instrumentalist with a great voice, Russell has been touring with Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre since 1988!

What do you do?
I’m a musician. I play in day-care centres and schools during the day and sometimes I sing for adults in the evenings.

What colour are your pyjamas?

I love to wear my yellow Rag & Bone t-shirt to bed!

What’s your favourite bedtime story?
Anything by Agatha Christie.

What do you have for breakfast?
My favourite breakfast is bacon and eggs.

Where would you most like to go on holidays?
I’ve always wanted to go to Monument Valley,  just north of the Grand Canyon, where giant rocks grow out of the desert like islands.

When did your first big adventure start?

When I was 16 I went to Saskatchewan to curl in the Canadian High School Championships. That was a pretty big deal for me. It was my first time on an airplane.

Where did it take you?

To North Battleford.

Why did you get involved?

My friend told me I should try out curling.

How did you know that your life had changed forever?

When I first heard Joni Mitchell on the radio.

What three things would you bring to a deserted island?

Can I have four? My guitar, my Agatha Christie collection, my TV, and my girlfriend, if only I had one.

Who would you most like to get stuck in an elevator with?
Joni Mitchell.

What’s one thing you don’t like?

Whiskey.

Do you have a catch phrase?
“I can’t complain.”

What scares you?

Boa constrictors.  (Russell has a song about them here.)

Catching up with Uncle Roy

Zoom’s Uncle Roy is rarely home. We had to fly to Bilbao to meet with him at the Frank Gehry Guggenheim Museum. He settled in over a few bowls of grog to regale us with stories and answer some questions. He’ll be sailing into the Shenkman Arts Centre on October 21 for performances of Zoom at Sea at 1:30 and 3:30.

What do you do?
I sail the seven seas, Matey.

What colour are your pyjamas?
Navy blue.

What’s your favourite bedtime story?
Moby Dick.

What do you have for breakfast?
Hard tack and a bowl of grog.

Where would you most like to go on holidays?
Been there, done that.

When did your first big adventure start?
When I was knee high to a grasshopper.

Where did it take you?
To sea, you see, to sea!

Why did you get involved?
I found myself wanting to knock people’s hats off.

How did you know that your life had changed forever?
When I first stepped on board the Catship. My she was yar!

What three things would you bring to a deserted island?
A pick, a shovel and a treasure map!

Who would you most like to get stuck in an elevator with?
Well, as Sydney suggested, an elevator repair man would be my first choice.

What’s one thing you don’t like?
Questions.

Do you have a catch phrase?
Are you havin’ a laff?

Do you have any bad habits?
Grog.

What scares you?
The Kraken.

A Visit with Maria

MariaMaria’s a bit of a mystery. She invited us over for tea and fish fritters the other day, and really let down her hair (except for a few questions!). She can hardly wait to see Zoom and the Captain again at the Shenkman Arts Centre, Sunday October 21 at 1:30 and 3:30.

What do you do?
I transform my house.

What colour are your pyjamas?
I’d rather not say.

What’s your favourite bedtime story?
Goodnight Moon.

What do you have for breakfast?
Seaweed salad.

Where would you most like to go on holidays?
Barcelona.

When did your first big adventure start?
When I first met the Captain.

Where did it take you?
He took me to Casa Batlló in Spain!

Why did you get involved?
I loved it.

How did you know that your life had changed forever?
There were birds in all the pots in my house.

What three things would you bring to a deserted island?
Zoom, Captain Roy and tea things.

Who would you most like to get stuck in an elevator with?
Captain Jack Sparrow.

What’s one thing you don’t like?
When people try to grab my silky fabrics.

Do you have a catch phrase?
There’s no time to lose!

Do you have any bad habits?
Sometimes I fall asleep in front of the fire.

What scares you?
Looking back on my life and wondering if there was anything I didn’t do because I was scared.