Debbie Patterson has a closer connection to the works of Robert Munsch
than most. "I was doing a tour of Robert Munsch shows," she says "when I
got pregnant with my first child. She's now 19, so that was 20 years
Then, when her two children were the perfect munschkin age, she started adapting the beloved children's stories for the stage at Prairie Theatre Exchange. This is her ninth season adapting Munsch and she says they still hold their appeal.
"They're crazy!" she says. "And the kids are the powerful ones in the story. The grownups are a little ridiculous.
"The ridiculousness of the parents is really truthful. I love the way his stories let parents laugh at themselves and their foibles, and empower kids to be strong and to be the problem solvers."
This is also the 9th year running for director Arne McPherson, who just happens to be Debbie's husband.
Magical Mystery Munsch features five of Munsch's classic tales, Murmel, Murmel, Murmel; Mud Puddle; ROAR!; Millicent and the Wind, and Look at Me!.
As an added twist, this year's show is extra groovy with psychedelic sets and music by the Beatles, so young and old will love it.
"Well It is pretty groovy," says Patterson, "kind of like the Yellow Submarine."
The show stars Gordon Tanner, Alissa Watson and Heather Russell.
Magical Mystery Munsch runs at Prairie Theatre Centre until January 6.