Children’s entertainer Norman Foote is bringing along some of his puppets when he performs the last show of the 2012-13 Kids Series at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre April 14.

Children’s entertainer Norman Foote is bringing along some of his puppets when he performs the last show of the 2012-13 Kids Series at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre April 14.

Kids to make ‘Foote’ notes in concert

Local children to sing along with Norman Foote when he performs in Vernon April 14.

You could say that Norman Foote has always been ‘Foote”-loose and fancy-full when it comes to entertaining a room of toddlers on up.

Performing for the past three decades, the internationally acclaimed Vancouver-born singer-songwriter creates songs, stories and props that delight young ears and eyes. However, his unique combination of imaginative word play, melodies and gentle wit have delighted a fair share of maturer audiences as well.

Audiences will be able to see for themselves when Foote is joined by up to 150 students from local elementary school choirs in an engaging and entertaining concert presentation at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre April 14.

The children learn various parts of the songs, becoming an animated wall of voices, actions and laughter, adding another dimension to the performance, said Foote.

“Humour plays a big part in everything I do. My show is interactive and funny. It’s very engaging for the audience,” he said.

Born Norman Mervyn Barrington-Foote, Foote claims that his name forced him to develop a sense of humour at an early age.

“I feel it really has been something I’ve had all my life and I naturally like to go towards the funny,” he said.

Foote received his first guitar when he was just 11 years old and by the age of 12, he already knew he wanted to be an entertainer. Since then, Foote has gone on to release eight albums of original music in addition to writing and recording songs for Walt Disney Records and Shari Lewis.

His most recent release, Love My New Shirt, won Best Children’s Album at the 2010 Junos.

“The music has a variety of styles, but it’s how I end up singing them and mixing the styles together that make it unique” explains Foote, “It’s folky, bluesy and jazzy all mixed together.”

While he originally aspired to be a musician, Foote became enthralled by puppetry and physical comedy in his early 20s while travelling around Australia and New Zealand. He would later choose the only feasible solution: to combine all three. The result is a special niche within the industry, earning him international acclaim.

Besides his Juno win and three other Juno nominations, Foote won Children’s Recording of the Year at the 2010 Western Canada Music Awards. He has also been recognized with four Parents Choice Awards, and three National Association of Parenting Publications of America Gold Awards.

Foote closes the 2012-13 Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society’s Kids Series on Sunday, April 14 at 2 and 4 p.m. All seats are $12, available at the Ticket Seller box office. Call 250-549-7469 or visit www.ticketseller.ca.