MTYP in Winnipeg (Hubert Pantel)
"Several years ago, I got some free tickets to a kids show at MTYP. I wasn't a kid. I didn't have kids. But I'm a cheap Winnipegger so I went. It was a blast."
When I was a kid, my mother would never stop at Tinkertown for me. (Sorry Mom. You knew it had to come out.) No sugar-y cereal either, or remote control cars.
Now that I'm an adult, I can do what I want. I don't go to Tinkertown (I soon discovered that even the teacups make me toss), but I do eat Captain Crunch. One thing that really is as much fun when you're an adult is Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, MTYP puts on some of the best theatre in this town, whatever your age.
Several years ago, I got some free tickets to a kids show there. I wasn't a kid. I didn't have kids. But I'm a cheap Winnipegger so I went. It was a blast. (Wasted on all those kids, I thought. How could they get those jokes, and appreciate all the creative sets and costumes?) I don't even remember which show it was. There have been so many great productions in the last few years. The Hobbit, A Year with Frog and Toad (starring Al Simmons), Comet in Moominland and Starkeeper all leap to mind.
Artistic director Leslee Silverman and her team have been entertaining young and old for the last thirty years (and intend to do so for another thirty, I presume). In the new year, they're bringing back Starkeeper, featuring the wild puppets of Montreal's Théâtre de l'Oeil, and putting on a brand new version of Fred Penner's The Cat Came Back. A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner is on stage as I speak.
You should go. You say you're too old? You say you need to bring a kid? You know what I say to that? Oh, bother.