A famous cat in a hat, some popular wild things, and an even more
popular boy wizard from Hogwarts are among the stars of Manitoba Theatre
for Young People's 2012-2013 season.
Here's the rundown of what's coming up for young theatre-goers:
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience (Nov. 6-11)
Potted Potter (MTYP)
The season kicks off with what will undoubtedly be MTYP's biggest draw:
a comic treatment of all seven Harry Potter books presented in 70
minutes by British duo Dan and Jeff. It's only here for a week, so
you'll probably need to get your little wizards tickets for this one
Where the Wild Things Are (Oct. 10-27)
adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic about Max, who becomes king of
the Wild Things, was last seen at MTYP in 2004. It promises young
audience members the chance to "go wild" by participating in the show.The BIG League (Nov. 15-23)
Yep, even local theatre is getting in on hockey mania. Might have
something to do with the Jets. This play by local writer James Durham (a
self-confessed "hockey dad") premiered at MTYP in 2005, and tells the
story of a promising young hockey player who has to choose between
pressure from his dad to win at all costs, and playing the game his way.
The action unfolds with the audience of either side of a stage
transformed into a hockey rink.Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (Dec. 7-21)
The Canadian premiere of this adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic about a
rainy day and a mischief-making cat. Hey, it's gotta be better than the
Mike Meyers film version...Tough Case (Jan. 10-18):
play for teen audiences from Canadian playwright David S. Craig about a
young man charged with a serious crime who's offered a chance to make
Grug (Jan. 31 - Feb. 10)
Grug (Windmill Theatre)
: Looking for something
for your really, really little theatre fans? Here's your chance - Grug,
the hero of a popular series of Australian books, comes to the stage in a
show geared at audiences as young as one year old.
The Mark of Zorro (Feb. 28 - Mar. 9)
This version of the swashbuckling hero's story comes from Scotland's
Visible Fictions, who presented a hilarious and irreverent Jason and the
at MTYP last season.
Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo (Mar. 20-31):
Joff Schmidt (CBC)
Another Australian import, theatre company Erth gives kids a tour of
the prehistoric world - complete with dinosaurs they can actually pet.