Old Man and the River
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.
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.