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Gruff clip-clops its way to 2 festivals this summer!

 

On June 11th & 12th, at Kaleidoscope's Family Theatre Festival:

 

          

 

Gruff - A rollicking musical for two goats and a troll.

The grass really is greener on the other side. But a hideous troll has taken up residence under the bridge, and the promised land is forever unattainable – if you’re a goat born on the wrong side of the craggy chasm. But is the troll really what he seems? Why does he live under the bridge? Could there be a way across to the land of plenty, after all?


Written by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét & Judd Pallmer
Music by Judd Palmer & Brooke Maxwell

Starring:

Jana Morrison
Pat Rundell
Trevor Hinton

Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét
Music Direction by Brooke Maxwell
Staged Management by Emma Dickerson

At Kaleidoscope Theatre's Family Theatre Festival 2016
-Centennial Square in the Big Igloo

Saturday, June 11th at 1 PM
Sunday, June 12th at 11 AM

Tickets are available in advance through the McPherson Box Office: Tel 1.888.717.6121 or in Centennial Square prior to each performance.

Adults: $12 ~ Students/Seniors: $10  ~ Children: $10

For more information, please visit: Kaleidoscope Theatre or Family Theatre Festival


And on August 20th, Gruff clip-clops its way to

 

the 8th Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival!

 

                    

 

GRUFF

Saturday, Aug 20 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
HOLLAND STAGE

575 North Road
Gabriola Island, BC

Who’s that clip-clopping across my bridge? Gruff is a modern retelling of the familiar folktale Three Billy Goats Gruff. The grass really is greener on the other side. But a hideous troll has taken up residence under the bridge, and the promised land is forever unattainable—if you’re a goat born on the wrong side of the craggy chasm. But is the troll really what he seems? Why does he live under the bridge? Could there be a way across to the land of plenty after all? Gruff is a rollicking musical for all ages.

Written by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét & Judd Pallmer
Music by Judd Palmer & Brooke Maxwell

Starring:

Jana Morrison
Pat Rundell
Trevor Hinton

Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét
Music Direction by Brooke Maxwell
Staged Management by Emma Dickerson

For more information, please visit: Gabriola Theatre Festival and GRUFF


 

El Jinete rides to Vancouver to be part of PushOFF!

 

    

 

We're super excited to be doing a showcase presentation of El Jinete on February 5th as part of PushOFF this year! Huge thanks to Theatre Replacement for inviting us!

 

Where: The C Lab @ The Cultch

 

For more information please visit:

PushOFF

PushOFF Program February 5th

"El Jinete" @ PushOFF


 

WORLDPLAY 2016

 

 

           

 

February 13th @ 8pm:  Body Indian by Hanay Geiogamah

                                    (Kiowa & Delaware Native American)


                          Directed by Naomi Simpson


February 14th @ 8pm: Between Life and Death by Gao Xingjian (China)


                          Translated by Gilbert C. F. Fong

                          Directed by Julian Cervello

February 19th @ 8 pm: Terrorism by The Presnyakov Brothers (Russia)

                               Translated by Sasha Dugdale

                           Directed by Wendy Merk

February 20th @ 8 pm: 603 by Imad Farajin (Palestine)

                                Translated by Hassan Abdulrazzak

                                Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét


Where:  The BELFRY ARTS CENTRE, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Ave. Victoria, BC.

Entrance by donation

For more information please visit >>> WORLDPLAY


Our 4th Annual Day of the Dead Fiesta!

 

          

 

Featuring:  Hank Pine, Compassion Gorilla & Bučan Bučan!

Friday, October 30th

Doors open @ 8 pm

White Eagle Hall

90 Dock Street

$15 - Tickets @ the door

Costumes encouraged!


The Umbrella on tour in Alberta!

 

 

                                                                                                                           Photo by Sara Hembree

 

Based on the book written and illustrated by Judd Palmer (which was shortlisted for Canada's Governor-General's Award for Children's Literature), The Umbrella is a love story about a man and his umbrella; but one storm-struck day a certain sinister crow threatens their happiness together. The set is a theatrical-storm contraption, complete with thunder sheet, wind machine, and rainspout; the puppet stage is a huge bucket. Through a storm both metaphorical and actual, our heroes emerge scarred -- but love prevails.

                              "Let thrum your heart to thunder". The Crow

 

We've been working hard in collaboration with Quest Theatre and Bučan Bučan on a new version of the show and we're thrilled to announce that The Umbrella will be touring to Alberta schools as part of Quest Theatre's 2015-16 Season! 

 

 

For more information or to book The Umbrella in Alberta, please visit:

Quest Theatre's School Touring 2015-16 Season.


Lieutenant Nun won three awards at the Victoria International Fringe Festival:

Favourite Drama, Favourite Ensemble & Audience Favourite -- Pick of the Fringe!

 

Thanks for voting for us, Victoria!

 

For a complete list of winners, please visit: 2015 Fringe Winners


SKAM Remixed Presents

 

a Puente Theatre & SNAFU Theatre Co-production:

 

 

                LIEUTENANT NUN

 

                                                                      by Elaine Avila

 

@ The Victoria International Fringe Festival!

 

August 27th to September 6th

 

An outdoor roaming musical extravaganza, set in the old ruins at

Macaulay Point Park in Esquimalt.

 

          

 

THE TRUE STRANGE STORY OF A 17th CENTURY NUN WHO BECAME AN INFAMOUS CONQUISTADOR

 

“There is no name for what I am.  You would have to make a new word.”

 

It’s the 17th Century; the armies of Spain are slaughtering their way across the New World, and one renowned conquistador, Antonio de Erauso, is famed for his ferocity – until, on trial for murdering his own brother, facing execution, Antonio pleads for clemency – by revealing that he’s actually an escaped nun.  Imprisoned and enchained, haunted by the ghosts of the slain, the Lieutenant Nun confesses the story that has been kept secret for so long….

 

LIEUTENANT NUN

 

By Elaine Avila

 

Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét & Kathleen Greenfield

 

Vocal Arrangements by John Han

Musical Coaching by Sarah Jane Pelzer

Costume Desig by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

Mask Design by Ingrid Hansen, Mercedes Bátiz-Benét & Kathleen Greenfield

Puppet Design by Ingrid Hansen

Mask & Puppet Construction by Ingrid Hansen & Andrew Barrett

Assistant Stage Management by Delaney Tesch

 

STARRING:

Catalina/Antonio de Erauso.........Christina Patterson

Mother Isabel.........................Naomi Simpson

Friar Carvajal/Chorus................Julian Cervello

Captain Guerrero/Chorus............Judd Palmer

María/Chorus.........................Alexandra Lainfiesta

Miguel/Chorus........................John Han

Inca/Chorus...........................Keshia Palm

Madre/Chorus.........................Kelly Hudson

Chorus.................................Jesse Deutscher

 

105 minutes ~ All Ages ~ Outdoor Roaming Musical ~ All Tickets $11

 

WHEN: August 27th to September 6th at 6PM; no show August 31st

WHERE: Site A ~ Macaulay Point Park (Corner of Lampson & Munro in Esquimalt)

Free Parking ~ 6 minutes drive from Fringe Headquarters

Public transit from downtown: take the #15X Esquimalt bus

Not wheelchair accessible

 

www.skam.ca

www.puentetheatre.ca

www.snafudance.com

www.intrepidtheatre.com

 

TICKETS: Online at www.victoriafringe.com or www.ticketrocket.co; in person at Ticket Rocket: #2-1609 Blanshard Street; by phone at 250-590-6291 ~ Remember your Fringe button. You can't see the show without it.

 

“New words must be freshly made, on the spot, for a creature you have never seen, a fruit you have never tasted.  It’s the New World!”


 

The Umbrella

 

@ The Family Theatre Festival!

 

 

May 2nd & 3rd

 

                                                                                                                           Photo by Sara Hembree

 

Based on the book written and illustrated by Judd Palmer (which was shortlisted for Canada's Governor-General's Award for Children's Literature), The Umbrella is a love story about a man and his umbrella; but one storm-struck day a certain sinister crow threatens their happiness together. The set is a theatrical-storm contraption, complete with thunder sheet, wind machine, and rainspout; the puppet stage is a huge bucket. Through a storm both metaphorical and actual, our heroes emerge scarred -- but love prevails.

                              "Let thrum your heart to thunder". The Crow

The show is a small-scale piece for families, created and performed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét and Judd Palmer, with music composed by Julia Knight. The Umbrella is a co-production between Puente Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, with music performed by Bučan Bučan, Victoria's beloved Balkan brass marching band.

 

For tickets please visit: The Umbrella @ Kaleidoscope's Family Theatre Festival

For more information about the festival, please visit: Kaleidoscope Theatre

 


WORLDPLAY 2015

 

 

        

 

February 8th @ 8pm:  Love Letters to Stalin by Juan Mayorga


                                Translated by María E. Padilla
                          Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét


February 15th @ 8pm: Oxygen by Ivan Vyrypaev


                           Translated by Sasha Dugdale

                           Directed by Emma Zabloski

February 22nd @ 8 pm: Yerma by Federico García Lorca

                                  Translated by Ursula Rani Sarma

                           Directed by Kathleen Greenfield

March 1st @ 8 pm: Lieutenant Nun by Elaine Avila

                                   Directed by Kathleen Greenfield & Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

 


Where:  The BELFRY ARTS CENTRE, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Ave. Victoria, BC.

Entrance by donation

For more information please visit >>> WORLDPLAY


 

Our 3rd Annual Day of the Dead Fiesta!

 

        

 

Saturday, November 1st

Doors open @ 9 pm

Open Space

510 Fort St. #2

$15 - Tickets @ the door


 

My Rabbi

 

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe:

Puente Theatre presents the Canadian Premiere of

Sum Theatre's My Rabbi

 

From September 16th to 28th at the Belfry Theatre's Studio A

 

          

 

A Jew and a Muslim walk into a bar...

 

My Rabbi is a comedic drama about two Canadian best friends who go on spiritual journeys that change thier lives forever --

 

a challenging story about the line between faith and friendship.

 

Created by Kayvon Kelly and Joel Bernbaum

Directed by Julie McIsaac

Dramaturgy by Michael Shamata

 

When:  September 16th to 28th @ 8 pm; no show September 18th,

              Matinées Saturdays and Sundays @ 2 pm

              

Where:  The BELFRY ARTS CENTRE, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Ave. Victoria, BC.

 

Tickets: My Rabbi Tickets


 

El Jinete rides to the SummerWorks Festival!

 

August 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, & 16th:

 

         

 

Featuring Mariachi Los Dorados, El Jinete is a tale of love, vengeance and the supernatural, told through classics of the Mariachi repertoire. Inspired by the Golden Era of Mexican cinema, the show uses multi-layered projections to make it a black and white film come to life. The Rider is a cursed mariachi with a bullet wound in his heart; like a Mexican Orpheus, he crosses the border into El Norte to avenge the kidnapping of his bride. On the other side of the Rio Grande, he finds a strange and modern world, from which he may never return…

 

El Jinete, a Mariachi Opera

SummerWorks Performance Festival

Mainstage Series

 

Venue:  Theatre Passe Muraille (Mainspace)


Friday, August 8th: 7 pm
Saturday, August 9th: 10 pm
Sunday, August 10th: 12 pm
Tuesday, August 12th: 7 pm
Wednesday, August 13th: 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 14th: 9:30 pm
Saturday, August 16th: 5 pm

 

For more information and to buy tickets please visit:  El Jinete @ SummerWorks 2014

 

 

                                                                                         


The Umbrella

 

@ Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival in Lyon, France!

 

 

June 18th to 21st

 

                

 

We're going on tour to Lyon, France with our show The Umbrella in June!

 

Based on the book written and illustrated by Judd Palmer (which was shortlisted for Canada's Governor-General's Award for Children's Literature), The Umbrella is a love story about a man and his umbrella; but one storm-struck day a certain sinister crow threatens their happiness together. The set is a theatrical-storm contraption, complete with thunder sheet, wind machine, and rainspout; the puppet stage is a huge bucket. Through a storm both metaphorical and actual, our heroes emerge scarred -- but love prevails.

                              "Let thrum your heart to thunder". The Crow

The show is a small-scale piece for families, created and performed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét and Judd Palmer, with music composed by Julia Wakal. The Umbrella is a co-production between Puente Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, with music by Bučan Bučan, Victoria's beloved Balkan brass marching band.

 

For more information about the festival, please visit: Les Nuits de Fourvière 2014

 

For more information about our show, please visit: "The Umbrella" @ Les Nuits de Fourvière


 

Lágrimas Crueles / Cruel Tears

 

- A Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre & Puente Co-production:

 

            

Beautifully reworked by Puente's artistic director, Mercedes Bátiz-Benét, Lágrimas Crueles will keep you in it’s grip!

April 29th- May 11th @ The Roxy Theatre

Held over until May 18th!

          

          

 

                            April 29th - May 18th @ The Roxy Theatre 

 

                                           

 


 

WORLDPLAY 2014

 

          

 

February 9th @ 8pm:  Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss


                                Translated by Geoffrey Skelton with lyric adaptation by Adrian Mitchell
                          Directed by Julian Cervello


February 16th @ 8pm: The Container by Clare Bayley


                           Directed by Justin Carter

February 23rd @ 8 pm: Così by Louis Nowra

                                   Directed by Graham McDonald

March 2nd @ 8 pm: Way to Heaven by Juan Mayorga

                             Translated by David Johnston
                             Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

 


Where:  The BELFRY ARTS CENTRE, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Ave. Victoria, BC.

Entrance by donation

For more information please visit >>> WORLDPLAY


The Umbrella

 

                

 

Presented by Puente Theatre, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and Bučan Bučan, this is the night to chase away your winter woes. Bringing together Victoria's Music, Theatre, and Literary Scenes in an exciting evening of food, drinks, dancing, and yes... puppets!

Sit back, sheltered from the rain, and enjoy the premiere performance of Mercedes Bátiz-Benét & Judd Palmer's puppet show, The Umbrella, followed by a night of dancing and debauchery with Victoria's #1 Balkan Party Band, Bučan Bučan!

February 28th @ The White Eagle Hall - 90 Dock St.
8 pm
19+
Advance Tickets $20
Available at Phillips Brewery and Larsen School of Music


 

Our 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Fiesta!

 

     

        

 

November 2nd

Doors open @ 8 pm

1501 Douglas St.


Culture Days! 

Join us and the Belfry Theatre on September 28th for a full day of free and fun activities for all ages.

                       

 

 

Puppets in the Square 

 

Saturday, September 28 (10 am - 2 pm) @ the Fernwood Square

 

Come to Fernwood Square and interact with "Amor de Cosmos" & "China Gate" from our H2L (History to Life) characters. Designed by Catherine Hahn and created in partnership with Merlin's Sun Theatre, these larger than life puppets will astound. 

 

                                    

 

For more information please visit: H2L @ Culture Days

 

LED Shadow Puppetry Workshop with Tim Gosley

Saturday, September 28 (12 pm - 1 pm) @ the Befry's Studio A

Join master puppeteer Tim Gosley in a one-hour workshop that will expand your mind and help you create a wonderful world with light and shadow. 

 

In this gonzo-styled workshop you will discover how with cheap props & lights you can create a magical world of shadows. Unlike traditional 2D shadow puppetry, LED (and halogen light) Shadows create a 3D filmic effect. The light source can be moved the same as a camera creating close-ups, mid and distance shots. Special effects are easily created with lenses and mirrored mylar. Puppets and props can be hand crafted, found (often toys), or adapted from found objects. It is a fun and effective technique.

 

For more information please visit:  Shadow Puppetry Workshop @ Culture Days

All activities will be held at the Belfry Theatre, located on 1291 Gladstone Avenue.


 

The world premiere of EL JINETE, A Mariachi Opera:

 

 

          

 

Victoria: April 26, 27, 28th @ The Metro Studio 

Vancouver:  May 10, 11, 12th @ Frederic Wood Theatre UBC 

 

Victoria Tickets:  ticketrocket.org / 250.5906291

Vancouver Tickets:  theatre.ubc.ca / 604.8222678


THE MOST DELICIOUS THING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD,

a miniplay during the SPARK Festival 2013!

    Most Delecious Thing in the World

What: THE MOST DELICIOUS THING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD, a miniplay

When: March 20-23 / 7:20 + 7:40 pm

Where: SPARK Festival 2013 -The Belfry Theatre's festival of new plays and new ideas

Space: The Belfry Tower

For more information about the SPARK Festival please visit: Spark Festival


GRUFF is going on tour to the International Festival of Animated Objects!

 

           Gruff        

For more information about the International Festival of Animated Objects, and on how to purchase tickets for the March 17th performance of GRUFF, please visit:  CAOS

GRUFF was commissioned by Kaleidoscope Theatre for their Family Theatre Festival, which featured four new works by Suddenly Dance Theatre, Urban Arts, Kaleidoscope Theatre, and Puente Theatre.  Puente is grateful for the generous support Kaleidoscope provided for the creation and development of this show.

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