Poetry and motion on stage at Al Whittle in Wolfville this weekend

Wendy Elliott
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Poetry and Motion takes to the stage at the Al Whittle theatre in Wolfville May 17 and 18.

Caravan Theatre wants to take Kings County residents on a journey into the magical world of puppets, poetry and mime. 

Newly arrived in Wolfville, this company is set to launch its inaugural production, Poetry and Motion, on May 17 and 18. They will present two short plays for families that will make for a delightful theatre adventure for children aged five to 13.

Caravan Theatre has at its helm actress and director Kathy France. She has taken the company on a journey through numerous countries over the years, with stops in locales as diverse as Kenya, Syria, Thailand and Nepal. She is joined by Wolfville musician and actor Jamie Loughead. 

Doctor Concocter is a one-person play based on a story-poem inspired by the famous Dr. Doolittle books. The play combines puppetry, dance and storytelling, France says, to explore the themes of hope and compassion.

Join the doctor as he travels to far-off Africa. Can he get there in time to save the sick, desperate animals, or will he be overcome by the perils that beset him at every turn? This wild and whacky doctor is sure to entertain.

The second play, Robyn Crusoe, is mostly mime, which loosely adopts the premise of the classic novel, Robinson Crusoe. In Caravan Theatre's adaptation, France said, a girl is washed up on a deserted island and must struggle to survive. The play explores the themes of how technology and modern lifestyles have distanced us from nature and the subsequent loss of appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

Shows will be held May 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. Tickets are available at The Box of Delights in Wolfville or at the door.

Tickets are $10 for children under 12, $12 for adults, or a family rate (four tickets) for $40.

Weblink www.caravantheatre.ca


Organizations: Caravan Theatre, Al Whittle Theatre, The Box

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kenya, Syria Thailand Nepal Africa

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