Monster Theatre’s Ryan Gladstone and Tara Travis give kids a taste of some famous tales in Mini Masterpieces

It’s masterpiece theatre for kids

Vancouver's Monster Theatre enacts three famed tales for kids when they present Mini Masterpieces at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

It’ll be a masterful piece of theatre that should appeal to all ages, with dastardly villains, a few ghosts and even a chase scene.

And even though the late Alistair Cooke (ask your grandparents, kids) will not able to introduce the proceedings, the fine folks at Vancouver’s Monster Theatre have a lot in store when they present Mini Masterpieces at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Sunday.

Part of the Performing Arts Centre Society’s kids series, this show uses puppetry, masks, improvisation, original songs,  physical comedy and dance to tell three beloved stories –– Rumpelstiltskin, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and A Christmas Carol –– all in one go.

These three short adaptations of literary classics will assist in getting children excited about reading, and expose the diversity of theatrical performance, said Monster Theatre’s artistic producer Tara Travis, an actor, writer and puppeteer, who with Ryan Gladstone, wrote and performs in the show.

“We don’t tell the whole story but we give enough to satisfy the essence of the story. The idea behind it is that reading is truly fun and can be stimulating and enjoyable,” she said.

Together with Monster’s founder and artistic director Gladstone, an improv guru and 10-year veteran of Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre, the re-telling of these three literary classics should appeal to both young and mature.

Gladstone and Travis have already  been creating theatre that appeals to scholars and squires alike, with subjects as far ranging as Shakespeare and Freud to an overweight ballerina with a broad imagination.

Their children’s productions give them a chance to take a page from literary classics, and run away with them, quite literally.

“Expect to laugh and expect a performance with a cheeky, fun sense of humour,” said Travis.

Monster Theatre’s Mini Masterpieces takes the stage at the Performing Arts Centre for two shows Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. The show is suitable for children ages four to 10. Tickets are $12 each at the Ticket Seller box office, 549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca.

 

Just Posted

Sagmoen’s arrest was valid, Vernon RCMP officers say

Curtis Sagmoen saga continued Tuesday with defence counsel questioning validity of warrant

Tax increase allows for more firefighters in Vernon

City of Vernon councillors approved a 4.91 per cent tax increase in 2020

Truck fire spreads to property in gated Vernon community

A loud bang rang out as flames spread to the grass

RCMP traffic services moves to Falkland to slow down speeders

Falkland detachment to serve as new HQ for RCMP’s North Okanagan Traffic Services

Mr. Mikes Vernon to recognize local charities with $500

Restaurant looking for Deeds Well Done in 7th annual holiday campaign

B.C. woman charged in connection to stolen vehicle smash-up in Kamloops

Kersten Ina Peters was arrested in the Fraser Valley on Friday, Dec. 6

Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs earn 4-1 win over Canucks

Vancouver sees two-game win streak snapped

UPDATED: No survivors in Gabriola Island plane crash: RCMP

Coroner confirms multiple fatalities after small plane goes down Tuesday night near Nanaimo

VIDEO: Harbour Air makes history with first electric aircraft test flight

Successful flight marks first of its kind in the world

The Grinch who Stole a Hedge: Security camera captures Chilliwack tree theft

RCMP arrives as person calmly walks away with tree in downtown area

Salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to rodents and snakes

92 cases of salmonella across six provinces, including B.C.

Meng Wanzhou wins right to more documents involving arrest at Vancouver airport

Defence lawyers allege the Huawei executive was unlawfully detained, searched and interrogated

Truck with body inside found at bottom of lake near Kootenay ferry

Investigators believe no foul play is expected but are unsure how the vehicle ended up in the Arrow Lakes

Most Read