Old Man and the River

Old Man and the River Trailer from WeeFestival Toronto on Vimeo.

Presented by WeeFestival of Arts & Culture for Early Years in Canada

A grumpy little old man lives in his little house in the woods by the river. Every day is the same and he likes it this way-until one day, a magical creature leaps into his world and everything changes! This beautifully designed puppetry work performed without words to an enchanting musical score, reveals a storybook world where rivers sing, trees laugh, and curious dragonflies come to visit. With its themes of friendship, communication, play, and adjusting to change, Old Man and the River is perfect for the youngest theatregoer. 

Part of Toddler Takeover & Pre-K Playfest. Includes recorded performance, activity guide, and video-based workshop. 

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Creative Team

Created by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones 
Inspired by the story by Thomas Morgan Jones 
Concept, Dramaturgy and Direction by Lynda Hill 
Original Design by Kelly Wolf 
Original Music by Nicky Phillips 
Lighting Design by Jennifer Lennon 
Puppetry by Mike Petersen and Eric Woolfe 
Video features Kira Hall, Ingrid Hansen, Mike Petersen, Andrew Young 

Old Man and the River was developed and premiered by Theatre Direct as part of the 2014 WeeFestival of Arts & Culture for Early Years. Since then, it has performed for thousands of children and their families in Toronto, throughout Ontario and across Canada. 


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