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Pablo Felices-Luna

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“A delightfully entertaining show that offers plenty for kids & adults alike.” – CBC RADIO

“Gracefully dances across the tightrope between comedy and drama.” – WPG FREE PRESS

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“Outstanding! Much more effective to bring lessons to LIFE!” – EDUCATOR, WILLIAM MORTON COLLEGIATE

- The Jungle Book photo by Ian McCausland, above - James and the Giant Peach

Shel Zolkewich, Danny, King of the Basement photo by Greg Klassen, The Power of Harriet T 2 mtyp onstage photo by Laura Lindeblom, opposite - photo by Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press photo by

JOIN US IN THE WILD As I put together the season, one recurring theme emerged clearly. Our season is full of adventures and journeys through real, fantastical and metaphorical jungles. We have many stories where characters go into the wild, into the dark and come out on the other side transformed. We all know that sometimes, the wild is scary. But these stories also show us that wildness can be exciting and full of joy. I planned this season as a reminder that life is full of both of these things. Please join us at Manitoba Theatre for Young People this season. Go wild with our flexible subscription packages, designed for families with kids of all ages.

artistic director

Pablo Felices-Luna


SE 2016-17

Watch Pablo -

Alligator Pie Oct 28 – Nov 6 Ages 3-9

Routes Nov 18 & 19 Ages 12+

The Jungle Book Dec 9 – 30 Ages 6+

Pg 3

Pg 5

Pg 7

Dib and Dob Jan 27 – Feb 5 Ages 6-11

Mess Feb 17 – 26 Ages 13+

Baobab March 17 – 26 Ages 4-10

Gretel and Hansel Apr 21 – 29 Ages 8+

Pg 9

Pg 11

Pg 13

Pg 15

Ages are recommended, but all ages are welcome. Discover the child in you!

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Oct 28 7pm • Oct 29, Nov 5 11am+2pm Oct 30 1+4pm • Nov 6 1pm Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto created and directed by

Ins Choi, Raquel Duffy, Ken MacKenzie, Gregory poems by Dennis Lee Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Qasim Khan, Hailey Gillis, Jennifer Villaverde & Peter Fernandes photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Prest & Mike Ross •

Alligator pie, alligator pie, If I don’t get some, I think I’m gonna die. Give away the green grass, give away the sky, But don’t give away my alligator pie. Alligator Pie brings the celebrated children’s poems of Canadian poet Dennis Lee to vibrant life in this celebration of the power of imagination. Sing, play and plenty of bubble wrap fun! “An amazing hour of music, poetry & sheer theatrical invention ... This is one pie you’ll want a second slice of.” – toronto star

Canadian Poetry, eh? Dennis Lee’s use of Canadian place-names, local idiosyncrasies, and environmental issues communicate a sense of national identity.

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Nov 18 7pm • Nov 19 4+7pm An MTYP Production Collin Doyle

photo courtesy of

Concrete Theatre


“Routes packs a punch. There wasn’t a sound from the teen audience during the school performance I saw…Riveting.” – NOW magazine Tom, a shy fifteen year old, rides the number 17 bus until it shuts down. As he journeys along the route of his nine previous homes, Tom reveals the ties that connect the violence at home to the acts of bullying between students at his school and the killing of a man by three youths on this very bus route. “We are keenly aware that public and private violence impacts our everyday lives. Tom’s stories makes these acts personal and relatable to teen audiences,” says Pablo Felices-Luna. Routes received a Sterling Award for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences and a Dora Award for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences.

Developing Empathy: “I am trying to get kids to imagine other people’s lives, and how actions have consequences.” –collin doyle (vue weekly)

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Dec 9, 23 7pm • Dec 10, 11, 17, 18, 26–30 12+4pm Dec 23 1pm • Dec 24 12pm An MTYP Production • premium seating available Rudyard Kipling • adapted by Greg Banks

photo by

Ian McCausland

based on the book by

Have you ever dreamed of living in a jungle, free to run, play and explore any way you like? Young Mowgli wanders off from his village and is found by a pack of wolves, who teach him the laws of the jungle. This extraordinary adventure has Mowgli racing towards an inevitable confrontation with the tiger Shere Khan. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories, five actors play twenty-one roles in this fast-paced production. “It’s a story about growing up and being alive and making friends and understanding how to survive in the world.” – uk playwright greg banks Rudyard Kipling, Bookworm Kipling loved to read anything and everything. When he was a boy he read and heard many myths and stories about the jungle in India. Some of these stories were about real-life wolf-children that inspired the character of Mowgli.

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Morrow we fine home?


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Jan 27 7pm • Jan 28, Feb 5 1pm • Jan 29 4pm • Feb 4 1+4pm David S. Craig and Robert Morgan

Daniel Pagett & Joshua Stodart photo by Barsin Aghajan


“Delightfully inventive…This is a play with a good heart, filled with gags and clowning about…” – the stage Two brothers have been lost in the woods so long that they have made up their own language. One night they camp at the foot of a mysterious tree. What lives in the tree surprises them and brings them together on their march towards an elusive place called home. “The ones we love are the ones who can make us laugh hardest but also the ones who can hurt us most. On their journey home, Dib and Dob learn to break out of all-toofamiliar patterns to rediscover their love for one another,” says Pablo Felices-Luna. Winner of the Chalmers New Play Award and Dora Mavor Moore Award

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Feb 17, 18, 25 7pm • Feb 26 4pm

Caroline Horton photo by Edmund Collier

Caroline Horton & Co. and China Plate, Birmingham, UK

“Comes perilously close to genius and announces Horton as a major, major talent“ — time out Josephine is putting on a play. It’s about anorexia. But don’t let that put you off. With the help of two friends, they tackle big issues and some extremely tiny ones including obsession, addiction and not wanting to get out of bed. “Seeing Caroline Horton’s irreverently funny telling of Josephine’s struggle with anorexia was deeply transformative for me. She really is a shining light,” says Pablo Felices-Luna. “Eating disorders thrive on secrecy and shame, but Mess brings the illness out into the open in a way that will change both hearts and minds.” – susan ringwood, chief executive of beat

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March 17 7pm • March 18 2pm • March 25, 26 11am +2pm spectacles en français: 19 mars, 14 h Theatre Motus (Longueil) and Sô Company (Mali)

Phillippe Racine, Wildemir Normil and Nathalie Cora photo by Robert Etcheverr

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“(The) audience was captivated by a combination of skillful puppetry and visuals, lovely harmonies, and gentle myth.” – mooney on theatre A drought has persisted for a long time in this region of West Africa. One day, an ancient baobab tree brings forth an egg and from it, a little boy is born, who is the only one who can free the source of water. Baobab blends puppetry, drums and shadow theatre with traditional West African storytelling. “This celebration of passing on traditions between generations makes Baobab a great story to share between parents, grandparents and children,” says Pablo Felices-Luna. Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award, Prix de la critique 2010 (awarded by the Quebec Association of Critics) and the Public’s Award at L’Arrière Scène.

African percussion: Baobab uses traditional African instruments such as the kora, the balophone and the djembe.

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April 21 7pm • April 22 4pm • April 29 1+4pm spectacles en français: 23 avril, 13 h

Catherine Dajczman & Jean-Philip Debien photo by François-Xavier Gaudreault

Le Carrousel, compagnie de théâtre

When Hansel arrives, it upsets the balance of Gretel’s life completely. When their parents abandon them in the forest and they end up in the witch’s house, she is tempted to push him into the oven with their jailer and get rid of him forever. “The play is deliciously dark and so relatable if you have ever wished to be an only child, even if it is just for a little while. And yet, Gretel comes out at the other end of the story embracing her role as Hansel’s big sister,” says Pablo Felices-Luna. “Precise and colourful, full of plot twists and games and appealing to the intelligence of young audiences.” – la presse

Grimm Adaptation: We think the Grimm brothers would be smiling at this deliciously dark tale of sibling rivalry.

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Why... TOP 4 REASONS THEATRE IS GOOD FOR YOUR KIDS! Want to boost literacy? Teach your child to imagine the unimaginable? Cultivate curiosity? Get thee to the theatre, and bring your kids.

IMAGINATION “Theatre, particularly theatre for children, fires the imagination, it gives children the skills and the creativity necessary to face the world, to understand it and perhaps to change it too.” – the guardian (uk)

EMPOWERMENT “Theatre and drama enable children to recognize how to express themselves physically and emotionally in a healthy manner, help them understand under-developed parts of themselves, and assist them in putting things into perspective – all of which can go a long way to empowering them.” – child magazine


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EMPATHY “Theatre is like a gym for empathy. It’s where we can go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening and understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves. We practice sitting down, paying attention and learning from other people’s actions. We practice caring. Take a child to theatre. Take them all the time.”– huffington post

FUN “They might also laugh uproariously, or come home singing about science, or want to know more about history, or tell you what happened at school today, or spend dinner discussing music, or learn how to handle conflict.” – huffington post

AUNT REACHES OUT FROM REGINA “My nieces absolutely love seeing the MTYP plays. There is a real sense of anticipation leading up to each play. When I’m in Winnipeg, we make it an event and have a snack or light meal at The Forks before the play. When I’m not in Winnipeg we schedule a Facetime visit and they tell me all about the play that they saw. In addition to spending time with them, I take the opportunity to talk to them about the play and what we saw in an age-appropriate way. As a lover of the arts, it is extremely important for me to pass this love and appreciation on to my nieces, as well as to help them develop vocabulary and an understanding of the art form. It is also a great opportunity for us to spend time together that is scheduled and unique, and in my mind, a tradition that I hope we will enjoy and remember for years to come. Attending the MTYP plays with my nieces are some of the most memorable and special times that I have with them. MTYP always does a great job of presenting ageappropriate plays with actors that are engaging and love kids. They are such a treasure in the community and we are so lucky to have them in Winnipeg! I will continue to support them and bring my nieces for many years.” – tanya derksen, amazing aunt

If you’re ATTENDING YOUR FIRST PLAY AT we want to ensure that you have the best possible experience:


• Our theatre was built with your kids in mind. If one of your kids needs space, just pop into the QUIET ROOM where you can still watch and hear the play. • MTYP’s theatre is fully RECONFIGURABLE, designed with kids in mind. This season, Alligator Pie will be performed in-the-round (with the audience on all four sides) and Mess will be performed in half-proscenium (for a more intimate experience). • Lots of PARKING at the Forks, including some free parking. • Our shows are DESIGNED FOR CHILDREN’s attention spans and interests – 60 mins long with no intermission. note: The Jungle Book is 90 mins, Mess is 70 mins • Each of our two floors has WASHROOMS, specifically designed for kids. • Let us know in advance if you have BABES-IN-ARMS, we can seat you with easy access to the quiet room. • MTYP is a FAMILY EXPERIENCE designed for both parents and children to enjoy.

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How... BUY MORE AND SAVE! A PACKAGE FOR EVERYONE GO WILD AND CREATE YOUR OWN PACKAGE. • Select as many tickets as you like to each of the shows! You must select a minimum of 2 plays and purchase at least 4 tickets to use this option.

NEW! Upgrade to premium seating for The Jungle Book in all packages,

add $5 per ticket.

PEANUT (AGES 3-5) YOUTH PACK: $30.60, ADULT PACK: $37.40 • Includes Alligator Pie • Baobab The MTYP Peanut package is perfect for first time theatre-goers and young theatre veterans. This package invites audiences to experience the magic of theatre through plays that are safe and child content friendly.

DISCOVERY (AGES 6-8) YOUTH PACK: $62.90, ADULT PACK: $77.35 • Includes Alligator Pie • The Jungle Book • Dib and Dob • Baobab The Discovery package is designed for all young adventurers! These plays will excite and captivate all with some of the best stories both new and familiar.

PRIME (AGES 9-12) YOUTH PACK: $45.90, ADULT PACK: $56.95 • Includes The Jungle Book • Dib and Dob • Gretel and Hansel The Prime package offers something for all young audiences – the best in theatre. Performances in this package are both challenging and entertaining, inviting youth to take the next step in their theatre experience.

TEEN (AGES 13+) YOUTH PACK: $40.80, ADULT PACK: $51.00 • Includes Routes • Mess • Gretel and Hansel The Teen Package includes the most thought-provoking and emotionally powerful work at MTYP. This package contains plays that deal with diverse topics from teen issues to global concerns, as well as the option to include MTYP’s family holiday show. • Option to add The Jungle Book. Youths add: $18.70 Adults add: $22.95

SINGLE TICKETS • Single tickets for all MTYP performances are on sale now. If you buy single tickets and then decide to subscribe, we will deduct the price of your seats from your new subscription. What’s not to love? 18

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SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE Select as many tickets as you like to each of the shows! You must select a minimum of 2 plays and purchase at least 4 tickets to use this option. The perks of season tickets are:

SAVE MONEY by purchasing more than one show, you are saving up to 15%. With many packages, that’s like getting one show for FREE. COMPLIMENTARY EXCHANGES – Subscribers can switch their tickets from one show to another in the same package.

DISCOUNTS from participating FORKS merchants, McNally Robinson

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Leif Norman

and the Manitoba Children’s Museum.

THREE WAYS TO SUBSCRIBE 1. BY PHONE OR IN-PERSON. Either come down (2 Forks Market Road) or call 204.942.8898 and let us guide you through the subscription process. Box office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM-5PM. 2. ONLINE. Subscribe at 3. BY MAIL. Download the order form online ( and mail it in.

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CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY HERE TOO Choose your own theme and we’ll design a one-hour session of theatrical games just for you. Or we’ll create a workshop to complement one of our mainstage plays. Make this birthday unforgettable and call 204.947.0394. Ext. 230 20

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AND WE’VE GOT A SCHOOL! Adventures in Acting for Ages 3 –19

director artistic

es-Luna Pablo Felic

tor school direc theatre

Kent Suss

Acting training is an adventure in self-discovery, including stories, games, improvisation, and learning to perform. Every session includes an open class or an end-of-year showcase where guests can share in class successes.

Variety and Discounts Courses at MTYP cover a broad range of professional skills: acting for the stage, acting for camera, singing, dancing, improv and more! Students taking classes also can access the Mainstage Connection – they can purchase up to four tickets for each MTYP PERFORMANCE AT 50% OFF.

Native Youth Theatre Native Youth Theatre (NYT) specializes in exciting, supportive and FREE acting courses geared especially for young Aboriginal actors (10 – 19). These classes are designed to foster imagination, creativity, self-esteem and self-confidence.

YOU CAN RENT MTYP FOR YOUR EVENT We rent out our theatre, our studios and our halls. Our space is perfect for recitals, grads, fashion shows, dance presentations/performances, and of course, live theatre! Our 315 seat theatre can be reconfigured so that your event or performance are seen in the perfect light. Our studios and halls can accommodate conferences, seminars, meetings, workshops, rehearsals, birthday parties, yoga classes, bar/bat mitzvahs and any other event you can imagine. Call us at 204.947.0394 and we’ll plan a site visit and work out the right price for you!

BECOMING A FRIEND OF MTYP IS EASY! The Friends of MTYP Patron Program was created to recognize individuals whose generosity allows us to create and present worldclass young people’s theatre, and to offer quality theatrical instruction to children and youth. With your support, MTYP’s legacy of inspiring young people in Manitoba through theatre arts will continue to flourish. We are committed to making our programs available to as many young people as possible, regardless of social, economic or geographical barriers. Donate online at or contact our Development Manager, Rebecca Brask at 204.954.1708 or by email at for more information on the benefits of being a Friend of MTYP. Charitable Registration #10004 4452 RR0001

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MESS Plus six more plays to Go Wild over! Box Office: 204.942.8898 Toll-Free in Manitoba: 1.877.871.MTYP (6897)

Caroline Horton photo by Edmund Collier

2 Forks Market Road Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4X1

Manitoba Theatre For Young People 2016-17 Brochure  

24 page brochure with information about the seven plays that make up the season. Also information about other offers from MTYP.

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