OUR 2016-17 SEASON PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE!
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - $16 tickets for 2016-17 season until September 5th. GROUPS of 4 or more, please call.
ALEX IN WONDERLAND
Based on the book by Lewis Carroll
Adapted by Derek Genova
Directed by: Dahlia Katz
Featuring: Eric Benson, Sara Jackson, Amaka Umeh, & Devin UphamAges 5 to 95
While his father is distracted, Alex spots a white rabbit with a pocket watch who invites us all into Wonderland, where confusing creatures come out of surprising places and change before our eyes! Alex may have taken a long fall down a rabbit hole, but he doesn't fall for the tricks and antics of a pedantic Caterpillar, a Mad Hatter, a tempestuous Queen of Hearts and more. In a land of uncertainty, our young lost protagonist struggles to learn who he is and how to speak up for himself.
This story by Lewis Carroll has delighted us for over 150 years, and our production is brought to life with an original score, colourful costumes, lights, and puppets of all shapes and dimensions. There are the exquisitely complex and beautiful shadow puppets, the adorable and ridiculous hand puppets and even the multiple-person caterpillar. In our version, Alex - who is experiencing his parents divorce and questioning his identity - escapes to this land of wonders to try to make some (non)sense of the world back home.
Dates: October 1 to November 20, 2016
Nominee, Best Performance - Ensemble, Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2016
Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted by Katie Leaman
Directed by: Scott Emerson Moyle
Featuring: Kit Boulter, M. John Kennedy, & Chris SironiAges 4 to 94
Our critically-acclaimed adaptation of this Robert Louis Stevenson novel returns. In our version of this 1883 coming of age story, Jim Hawkins' adventure belongs to a young Jane Hawkins, because girls can lead a crew and fight pirates as well as any boy! Come enjoy all the action and adventure of the original novel now with more laughs and songs to make Treasure Island an absolute delight for every member of your family; it's the perfect all-ages show! When you walk through the doors, you'll find yourself in The Admiral Benbow, a 19th Century Seaside Inn. The residents of the inn will utilize all of their authentic furniture, clothes and props to tell this high-seas tale. The award nominated swash-buckling performances will immerse you in the world of "buccaneers and buried gold" so come dressed for the part, learn some sea shanties and join in the most pirate-y fun you can have on land!
Avast me hearties! Old salt dog Billy Bones has left young Jane Hawkins a map that leads to a legendary island of pirate treasure. Jane enlists the optimistic Dr. Livesy and the stern Cpt. Smollet to help her set sail to the island. Little do they know that their ship's crew is full of pirates led by the one-legged legend of the seven seas, Long John Silver! Will Jane be able to protect her friends, save the ship and find the treasure?
Dates: November 26, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Public weekday shows: December 26 - 30, 2016 & January 2 - 6, 2017
THE UGLY DUCKTHING
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen
Created by Marty Stelnick
Featuring: Marty Stelnick and Angelique MillarAges 4 to 94
We all have a home somewhere, but it's not always easy to find. The Duckthing hatches in an empty nest and has no idea where it came from or where it belongs. Lucky for the duckthing, this world is full of catchy tunes and helpful creatures. But the question remains; what is that duck...thing? What is that sound it makes? And where does it belong?
We've re-imagined the Hans Christian Andersen story about fitting in to be about accepting the great uniqueness of who you are. In this world all the creatures are helpful and caring and teach the Duckthing to be proud of the things that make it special. Also, family and belonging can take a lot of different forms. Duckthing uses puppetry and music to feature the web-footed, feathered and fuzzy and tell us a very silly story about important things like love, acceptance, adoption . . . and toots . . .
Dates: January 14 - February 5, 2017
A MERRY MUNSCH PYJAMA PARTY
Based on the books by Robert Munsch
Adapted by Roger Rousseau
Directed by: M. John Kennedy and Dahlia KatzAges 2 to 92
Put on your PJs and jam with us! Solar Stage's annual Munsch show tradition continues! This brand new play is based on five books: Get Out of Bed; Roar; We Share Everything; No Clean Clothes; and Pyjama Day. This performance promises Mr. Robert Munsch's signature sense of humour that even makes grown-ups feel like kids. This show will make your heart giggle and be as much fun as staying up past your bedtime.
Last year's Munsch show was a Nominee for Best Performance - Ensemble for a Dora Mavor Moore Award, and we're hoping to continue that high standard this year. We present our Munsch shows with minimalistic design, maximum athletic display and a try-this-at-home attitude that highlights the spirit of play characteristic to Mr. Munsch's work and the versatility of our performers.
Dates: February 18 - March 26 and April 8 - 16, 2017
Public weekday shows: February 20 and March 13 - 17, 2017
THE PRINCESS KNIGHT: THE LEGEND OF KATE AND TIMMY
An Original Play by Tom McGeeAges 5 to 95
In the kingdom of Faraway everyone has a role to play. Kate is supposed to be a Princess, which, in Faraway, means pretty dresses, courtly functions and diplomacy. Timmy is supposed to be a knight, which, in Faraway, means a tough guy who goes on quests and is ready for battle. The problem is Kate likes adventures, kicking butt and NOT wearing dresses! Timmy likes to solve problems peacefully and take care of the business of running a kingdom. When an villain appears, Kate and Timmy will have to combine their strengths and swap their roles to kick the butt of intolerance and trolls in order to save the kingdom. Kate and Timmy show us that only you can decide who you're going to be.
Dates: April 29 - May 21, 2017
THE REALLY REAL ADVENTURES OF SCOTT FREE AND WILL DO
An Original play by Kate Keenan & Lesley Halferty
Directed by: Kate Keenan
Music by Mike Gennaro with Arrangements by Ian Goodtimes
Choreography by Alison Lisa
Featuring: Jocelyn Adema, Wiley Ly, Lena Maripuu, & Thomas PutmanAges 3 to 93
Scott Free and Will Do are best friends who spend all their time dreaming up fantastic worlds; whether they're meeting space monsters, solving mysteries or avoiding the Sheriff of Nottingham, they're always having fun. Everything is perfect . . . until they find out that they are each others imaginary friends! Reality is in hot pursuit and they need to figure out who’s who and what’s really real before their moms make them grow up for good. They'll need everyone's help (and imaginations) to save the day and their friendship!
Join us in Scott & Will's colourful cardboard treehouse for a live action cartoon full of big belly laughs, great songs, high-energy choreography and absolute wackiness. Scott and Will will challenge existence as they know it but they need the audiences help to build their new reality; their only limit is your imagination! This show is best enjoyed with your best friend so call them up and bring them along.
Dates: May 27 - August 13, 2017
Solar Stage Children's Theatre
4950 Yonge Street, Box 115, The Madison Centre
Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6K1
ROMEO & JULIET . . . A PUPPET EPIC!
With Shakey-Shake & FriendsAges 6 to 96
Do you find Shakespeare . . . intimidating? This menagerie of muppet-style puppet friends make it a blast! Shakey-Shake and his friends have created a comedic version of "the greatest love story ever told" that is full of belly laughs and silly antics. Perfect for even the youngest bards. You’ve never seen Shakespeare like this!
Dates and Times: September 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2016 at 2pm
With Soli & RobAges 3 to 8
Audiences can't get enough of Hallowe'en Howl! After a sold out run last year and the year before, Halloween Howl is back once more! Children's performers, Soli & Rob, lead the audience in an interactive Hallowe'en concert. This musical sing-along will mesmerize children with their light-spirited songs about pumpkins, trick or treating and Hallowe’en fun. Puppet friends, "The Bungalow Bugs" are sure to make an appearance! Costumes are encouraged! Buy your tickets early to make sure you don't miss out!
Dates and Times: Oct 29 & 30, 2016 at 11am & 2pm
A CHRISTMAS CONCERT
With The Candy Cane CarollersAges 2 to 92
The sold out Christmas concert returns! You can see the The Candy Cane Carollers every day at the Distillery District Christmas Market, but here they'll do a whole concert just for you! Join us for a special evening of music with all of your favourites and lots of opportunities to sing together with the famous Candy Cane Carollers. This four-member a cappella group will fill you with holiday cheer with their warm harmonies and clever medleys. There will be a bake sale with free hot chocolate and some surprises too.
Date and Time: Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7pm
With Soli & RobAges 3 to 8
Lovable musical duo Soli & Rob are back to warm your hearts with songs about family, friendship, and all that kind of mushy stuff. This interactive Valentine's day concert is sure to feature several syrupy serenades from puppet pals "The Bungalow Bugs". Dressing in red is encouraged.
Dates and Times: February 11 & 12, 2017 at 11am & 2pm
With WonderPhil the Magic GuyAges 3 to 93
WonderPhil the Magic Guy returns to Solar Stage! After last years sold out weekend, this top-notch Toronto magician has a new show! It's April Fools and it seems that some of WonderPhil's tricks are try to fool him! He will need your help to make the impossible happen right before your eyes. WonderPhil creates the perfect balance of amazement and laughs to keep everyone entertained from beginning to end. After the show, adults and kids alike will be scratching their heads with wonder!
Dates and Times: April 1 & 2, 2017 at 11am & 2pm
BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!
With Soli & RobAges 3 to 8
Soli tries to help Rob overcome his fear of bugs. Can she do it before they come face to face with the "Bungalow Bugs"? Find out in this musical with puppets all about the insect world.
Dates and Times: April 22 & 23, 2017 at 11am & 2pm
With Joanna KellamAges 5 to 9
You're invited to come hang out with Joanna Kellam! One Saturday a month, they'll be sing-a-longs, visual art, improvisation, special guests and lots of opportunity for you to get involved - maybe YOU can be a special guest! This free-form musical interaction will be different every month. Part class. Part show. It’s a . . . hangout!
Dates and Times: Saturday(s): Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 8, May 6, & Jun 3 at 10:30am