The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society presents Oregon Shadow Theatre’s production of Thumbelina Nov. 4. (Image submitted)

New-age twist on classic tale

Theatre doesn’t require live actors to be entertaining

Theatre doesn’t require live actors to be entertaining.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society presents Oregon Shadow Theatre’s shadow puppet production of Thumbelina Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

“Travelling through life looking for her wings, Thumbelina bursts out of a flower and onto our stage with real life magic using shadow puppets,” said Keyanna Burgher, audience development officer. “This new-age psychedelic twist on the popular Hans Christian Anderson tale is a magic carpet ride for flower children of all generations. A cast of mice, frogs, birds and bugs in a rainbow array of colours are brought to life with live music, voices and masterful shadow puppetry.”

Deb Chase and Mick Doherty team up to create the Oregon Shadow Theatre, based in Portland, Ore.

Together, they are well known across North America for their puppetry, live music, and excellent storytelling. Chase has been a practicing puppeteer since 1980. With a degree in fine arts and a long resume of performing and teaching, Chase brings expert technique and skill to the stage. Doherty, a professional musician, has composed and performed for the stage and the screen. His studies in voice, guitar, percussion and more have made him a skilled performer and a perfect match with Chase’s puppets.

“With the intricate designs and delicate movements of the puppets, paired with the assortment of live instruments, Thumbelina lights up the imagination and gets the whole family grooving together,” Burgher said. “Be transported into the fairy world and find yourself believing in magic.”

Tickets for Thumbelina are $12 for all ages, available from the Ticket Seller, 250-549-7469,


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