Runaway Moon travels puppet play Dream

Revived theatrical production stages at Vernon’s Headbones Gallery and Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall Friday and Saturday.

  • Oct. 30, 2011 10:00 a.m.
Runaway Moon Theatre’s Cathy Stubington and Zampopo Flores present their traveling puppet show Dream

Runaway Moon Theatre’s Cathy Stubington and Zampopo Flores present their traveling puppet show Dream

Local residents have two opportunities to see Runaway Moon Theatre’s touring play for actors and puppets in the North Okanagan this week.

The Grindrod-Enderby-based theatre travels to Vernon’s Headbones Gallery Friday and to the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall Saturday with its revived production, Dream.

Originally produced at Caravan Farm Theatre 16 years ago, the production reunites the team of director James Fagan Tait and performer/creators Cathy Stubington and Zompopo Flores in an all-new take on this powerful story.

The intimate production (seating only 40 people per performance), takes full advantage of the superb puppetry skills of both its performers, said Sue Vignola, Runaway Moon’s past board chair.

“Cathy and Zompopo have been performing and creating together since the ‘80s in Montreal. After they parted ways, they both continued to make puppets, write shows and perform, Cathy here in the North Okanagan, and Zompopo in Europe and in his native El Salvador. Now they are working together again. We are lucky to be able to experience the depth of their understanding of and commitment to this special kind of performance.”

Dream is a Mexican folktale set on the Day of the Dead. On that day, when the thin line between the living and the dead is easily crossed, Juan, a poor, hard working farmer, finally indulges his one long-held desire. He is visited by three powerful figures, each holding him to account for his actions.

The production is aimed mainly at adults, but is still suitable for those over the age of five.

Runaway Moon is touring this production across the province with performances in the Columbia-Shuswap, North Okanagan, Nelson and Victoria.

Both shows here start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, $14 for adults, $5 for kids, and $35 for families. Visit  www.runawaymoon.org. or call 250-306-3935 for more information.