If one had to boil down what audiences will get out of this upcoming season at Young People’s Theatre, it’s this, says artistic director Allen MacInnis: the Seven Ancestral Teachings.
Rooted deep in Anishinaabe culture, they are respect, humility, bravery, honesty, love, wisdom and truth, and act as signposts by which to live and work well. Each of this year’s productions in YPT’s 2019/2020 season explores one or more of these seven teachings.
“I think we live in a time when we need to think about what makes us do what we do. How do we do better? And thinking about these things doesn’t have to be done in a full or overly serious way. Sometimes it’s in something entertaining and fun and delightful that we realize what’s good in the world and in us,” MacInnis says.
YPT presents theatre for young audiences and casts professional actors in all its shows. Education is at the core of what YPT does.
This year’s lineup features:
The Mush Hole. On the main stage from Oct. 16 to Oct. 25, The Mush Hole looks at the devastating intergenerational impact of Canada’s residential school system, a dance performance from award-winning choreographer, director and producer Santee Smith. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
The Adventures of Pinocchio. On the main stage from Nov. 11 to Jan. 5, 2020, and directed by award-winning actor Sheila McCarthy, this is a holiday musical adaption of the classic story, geared at ages five and up.
A Million Billion Pieces. In the studio from Nov. 25 to Dec. 13, and recommended for ages 13 and up, this tells the story of love in trying circumstances. Two 16-year-olds, isolated by a rare disease that could prove deadly if they make contact, tempt fate to meet and test what it means to live and love like other people.
Jungle Book. On the main stage from Feb. 10 to March 21, 2020, and recommended for ages five and up, Jungle Book is an immersive, multimedia adaptation of the classic work.
You and I. In the studio from Feb. 11 to Feb. 23, 2020, and recommended for children 12 months to 30 months, You and I is a multisensory, playfully interactive adventure.
Blue Planet. On the main stage from April 6 to April 29, 2020, and recommended for ages nine and up, this story is based on a blue planet inhabited only by children, who get their wish to fly. But it comes at a cost, and only bravery and ingenuity will save their fragile world.
Jack and the Magic Bean. In the studio from April 14 to May 10, 2020, and for ages three to eight, this is a delightfully innovative Spanish-English spin on the classic tale.
Cartography. On the main stage May 5 to May 14, 2020, Cartography is from New York’s acclaimed ArKtype and tells the plight of young refugees looking for a place to call home.
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