For families with children aged 12 and under

Sprouts 2012

2012 New Play Festival For Kids

Introduce your children to live theatre through this engaging and gentle first theatre experience. Three brand new short plays for kids and their families!

Sprouts returns with a fresh crop of 3 brand new short plays for kids and their families! Playwrights from diverse cultural backgrounds will share their newest works in these staged readings. Join us in the lobby before the show and during intermission for arts activities for kids.


Zhang Barrett Meets Tiger
by Nadien Chu

Lolo’s Soup
by Carmela Sison

The Antyssey
by Joel Crichton and Richard Lee

Pia & Maria
by Joshua Dalledonne

Director Mieko Ouchi
Dramaturge & Festival Coordinator Caroline Howarth
Stage Manager Gina Moe

Julie Golosky
Jesse Gervais

Production Design by Cory Sincennes
Sound Design by Paul Morgan Donald

Five year old Zhang Barrett loves two things: dogs and her friends at Preschool. But when her mom throws her a curve ball and enrolls her in a Mandarin Bilingual Kindergarten, she learns that in doing something you are afraid of, sometimes you can get closer to your goal.

LOLO’S SOUP by Carmela Sison
When Pia and her Grandmother, Lola Flo, find a recipe hidden by her Grandfather in an old record, they decide to go on a road trip to find the freshest ingredients. Along the way, Pia learns about her family and traditions, meets some people who show her a different way of life, and how sharing can bring people together.

THE ANTYSSEY by Joel Crichton and Richard Lee
Oscar, a young ant growing up in a black-ant hill has his world rocked when he discovers he’s not the ant he thought he was. Encouraged by his teacher, he sets off on a quest to find Tiresias the Wise Old Caterpillar, who may know his true identity. Along the way, he is joined by another young ant struggling to find her way in the world, and they are challenged by various citizens of the bug kingdom on their odyssey. A story about identity, diversity, and challenging stereotypes.

PIA & MARIA by Joshua Dalledone
After Maria’s world is turned upside down, she decides it’s time to leave Italy, travel to Canada, and fulfill the promise she made with her sixty-nine year old sister-twin Pia: they’re going to finish grade six! But, after meeting their classmate Khadija, they discover although they’re the students, they have an important lesson to share; and it’s not something you learn in books. If the only constant is change, shouldn’t that be the first class of the day?


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