School Performances: Terrapin Puppet Theatre Boats
Terrapin Puppet Theatre
Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by Frank Newman
“When a children's show like this comes along you have to grab it with both hands.”–Sun Herald Sydney
Boats is an astonishing maritime tale from Australia’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre, which has entertained kids’ audiences for 30 years and has toured internationally for more than 20. Often incorporating surprising techniques, Boats tells of the watery adventures of Nic and Jof, sailors who share a love of the ocean and seafaring. The story unfolds using actors, props, puppets, acrobatics, and sound effects created on stage, including some from an underwater microphone. Those who glimpsed playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer’s playful, poignant style in The Tragical Story of Cheeseboy, performed here in 2012, can look forward to another insightful and adventurous script in Boats.
Based in Tasmania and originally founded with the intent to serve Tasmanian schools, Terrapin Puppet Theatre employs a unique critical review process in which an audience made up of children and industry professionals preview and critique works before shows are finalized. Before reaching this stage—in fact, before the script was written—Boats was creatively developed in collaboration by the Artistic Director, performers, writer, composer and costume designer. Quinn Griggs, who created the part of Jof said that “things happen when we get together like this that none of us could have predicted. These interactions then help to shape the story, the music and the set so it becomes a very dynamic and exciting process.”
WINNER! 2012 HELPMANN AWARD: BEST PRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN (Helpmann Awards are the Australian equivalent of the Tonys in the US or the Olivier Awards in Britain.)
Teachers who bring their students to Boats will be given an instructor resource packet with cast biographies, creative development information, and activity ideas including prompts for storytelling, inventive use of classroom items as props, and geography projects adjusted for both younger and older student groups.
Areas of Interest: Arts, Social Studies, Humanities, Geography, Language Arts/English, and Media Literacy
For details and info on registration for this program only, please contact Heather Kalman at CAPA (614) 719-6764 or email@example.com.
Presented by the Wexner Center and CATCO is Kids.
Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the tour of Boats assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
|Set and Puppet Design:||Greg Methé|
|Costume Design:||Roz Wren|
|Performed by:||Quinn Griggs and Jeff Michel|
|Production Manager:||Andrew MacDonald|
Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the tour of Boats are assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
Groups of 25 or more can be invoiced, but groups of fewer than 25 will need to pay at the time of reservation. Credit cards are accepted over the phone. To register your group, please contact Heather Kalman at CAPA (614) 719-6764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
$5 per person
SUPPORT FOR PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH
Bob Evans Farms
Time Warner Cable
LEAD SEASON PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR PERFORMING ARTS
PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR BOATS PERFORMANCES
ThisWeek Community Newspapers
MAJOR OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
ADDITIONAL OPERATING SUPPORT
Ohio Arts Council
SUPPORT FOR TERRAPIN PUPPET THEATRE AND BOATS TOUR
Australia Council for the Arts