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Our 2020-2021 Season

MTYP’s 2020/21 season features six exciting productions including the instant holiday classic The Velveteen Rabbit, two stories for our youngest audiences that celebrate the joy of reading, a tale about a boy who spells differently and two world premieres – both created locally. Spelling 2-5-5, which was going to close last season, will now be opening our new one and we are so thrilled to still have the opportunity to share this beautiful work with all of you.

“As a teenager, I spent a lot of time in airports, travelling back and forth from Peru to Canada,” says Pablo Felices-Luna. “I quickly learned about the sadness of parting and the pain of being away from those you love. At the same time, I learned the joy of being reunited, and I also learned that this joy cannot come about without first experiencing the sadness of the parting. Bringing you this 2020/21 season is a promise of the joy that is to come and the hope that we will soon be together with each other once more.”

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SPELLING 2-5-5

An MTYP Production
By Jennifer Overton
On the Mainstage  October 29-November 6
On Tour  November 9-29
Grades 1 to 6
Connections: Celebrating Differences, Spelling, Anti-bullying

Two brothers share a room, a love of comic books and a rather strict routine. Jake is on the autism spectrum; his older brother Simon has to adhere to a routine to help Jake get through the day. When a televised spelling bee contest is announced, Simon sees an opportunity to shine. Soon though, it is discovered that Jake is a great speller in a unique way and Simon must decide what’s really important to him.

“A fast-paced, funny, informative play that’s staged with flare and creativity.” – The Coast

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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

An MTYP Production
By Margery Williams, Adapted by Purni Morell
December 3-18
Kindergarten to Grade 6
Connections: Children’s Literature, Growing up, Identity

A heart-warming story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. Rabbit spends the days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the child play with other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. Then, one day, Rabbit is rediscovered and all those hopes start to come true…

★★★★ “Utterly gripping…” – The Guardian

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PLÉ

Co-created by Shannon Guile, Joanna Hawkins, Laura Lussier and Andraea Sartison
A production of the Plé Collective
World Premiere
January 21-29
Grades Kindergarten to 6
Connections: Languages, Communications, Celebrating Differences

How do you make yourself understood? Plé explores the idea of how language makes us different and how it makes us the same. Performed in English, French and American Sign Language, this show is full of fun facts, comedy, music and spectacular visuals. You’ll also learn 100 salutations in 100 languages in 100 seconds as we bust some myths about Deaf people along the way.

Make a day of it!
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has prepared special programming for students attending Plé to enjoy before or after the play. Book your tickets with MTYP before December 11 to guarantee a program spot for your class as well free admission and busing, thanks to a generous grant from The Asper Foundation. If you can’t stay for the program, ask about virtual field trip opportunities!
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GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU &
I LOVE MY LITTLE STORYBOOK

Adapted from the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram

A Mermaid Theatre Production (Nova Scotia)
February 10-19
Preschool to Grade 3
Connections: Classic Storybooks, Puppetry, Love of Reading

Celebrate the joy of reading with Mermaid Theatre, the company that brought you Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In Guess How Much I Love You, two bunnies explore how far they can reach and how high they can hop and how much they can love. In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass, opens his book, and the story comes to life.

“If you’re searching for a feel-good bedtime book, look no further.” – Publisher’s Weekly

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THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE

A Tall Stories Production (United Kingdom)
March 17-26
Preschool to Grade 3
Connections: Classic Storybooks, Unlikely Heroes, Imagination

Longing to see the world, a tiny sea snail hitches a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. When the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the Julia Donaldson story of one crustacean’s incredible trip around the world, brought vividly to life with music, storytelling and loads of laughs.

“Expect to leave the theatre smiling” – Fest

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FROZEN RIVER

An MTYP and Castlemoon Theatre Co-Production
Co-written by Michaela Washburn, Joelle Peters and Carrie Costello
A Celebration 150 Event
World Premiere
On Tour  February 15-May 16
On The Mainstage  April 22-30
Grades 1 to 6
Connections: History, Cooperation, Traditional Knowledge
In Frozen River, Grandmother Moon tells the story of two eleven year olds, born under the same blood moon, but in different parts of the world. Set in a forest, destined to become Manitoba, this new play follows their stories as they meet, and that of their descendants who meet in the present day. A broken promise from the past can be righted when there is finally an openness to learn from those who have protected and honoured the waterways for centuries.
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