by Vern Thiessen

Translated by Brian Dooley
Directed by Mieko Ouchi

Touring Elementary Schools
February 2 - March 24, 2017


“I can only praise Concrete Theatre for their great work! From the booking agent to the cast and crew, it was an absolute delight to work with them... I am already counting down until next year's performance!”

Lindy Bonn, Children's Program Coordinator, Yellowhead County

A Co-Production between Concrete Theatre and L’Unithéâtre

For the first time, Concrete Theatre and Edmonton’s amazing francophone theatre L’Unithéâtre will be joining forces on an exciting world premiere production by Governor General Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen (Einstein’s Gift, Bird Brain, Shakespeare’s Will). Offered in either English or French by the same bilingual cast!

Little Bern, a young farm boy, is taken in by his aunt and uncle after his parents pass away. Feeling ignored by his busy adoptive parents and their large brood of children, and struggling to keep up with a pile of chores and a new school, Little Bern pines for the life he used to have. One day, on his way to school, he sees a mysterious ramshackle house, and is told it is the home of Old Nettie, who everyone in the town fears and calls a witch. But when a huge snowstorm hits, and Little Bern is lost, he is saved by none other than Old Nettie. Terrified at first, Bern must face his fears and confront the person he is most afraid of. And much to his surprise, discovers she is not at all the person he thought her to be! And as it turns out… much more like him than he ever imagined. Based on stories from the Mennonite Ukraine of the 1920’s, Bello is set in a fable-like world, performed with rhythm and rhyme where hard times and struggle are part of daily life, but where the healing powers of humour, love and family ultimately flourish. A beautiful, poetic and charming parable of overcoming our fears of others who are not like us.

Curriculum Ties: Health and Wellness: understanding and expressing feelings, respect and caring in order to establish and maintain healthy interactions, recognize and accept individual differences within groups, Social Studies: demonstrate sensitivity to the personal and emotional aspects of identity, respecting differences and fostering inclusiveness, Language Arts: look at how new ideas and information have changed previous understandings, connect situations portrayed to personal and classroom experiences, Drama: acquire knowledge of self and others that results from reflecting on dramatic play.

Study Guide Available.

Touring Elementary Schools
February 2 - March 24, 2017
Base Price: $850
55 minutes with a 5-10 minute Q & A

Public Performances
Friday February 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm in ENGLISH
Saturday February 18, 2017 at 11:00 am in ENGLISH and 2:00 pm in FRENCH
At La Cité Francophone, 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 St)

School Groups: $7
Public show tickets: Adults$19, Seniors/Students: $16 subject to applicable taxes and service charges
Available from Concrete Theatre at or by cash or credit at the door

To book a school show or reserve tickets for a public performance please contact Concrete Theatre at 780-439-3905 or

2017 Production Information:

Onika Henry
Julia Seymour
Zak Tardif

Directed by Mieko Ouchi
Stage Managed by Corben Kushneryk
Production Design by Patrick Beagan


We are very grateful to the Allard Foundation for generously funding a week of rural shows in Alberta for the Bello tour. Thanks to Allard we are visiting several rural communities in May!


To book a show in French contact L’UniThéâtre
at 780-469-8400 or






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