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July - 2009
Loveland Commission • Hank’s Toybox Theatre at the Kids Fringe
PUPPETS UP! Coming Soon! • Marie-France Thibault - Shadow Puppetry
Kelly Kirkham Workshop Scheduled • The Clean Train Coalition
• New in the Store •

Hanuman Dances on a Banana!
(Open Door Designs does not accept responsibility
for any ensuing MONKEY BUSINESS...)


OPEN DOOR DESIGNS was recently commmissioned by the City of Loveland in Colorado USA to build a portable puppet theatre that integrated their Stormwater Engineering Logo into the design. Open Door Designs took the logo and adding new elements transformed it onto the surface of the theatre to tell the story of stormwater travelling from city and mountain. This theatre is now being used to educate people about water quality in the area.
Performing at Kid's Fringe Festival.

Jane McClelland
and Mike Petersen of Hank’s Toybox Theatre will be performing their own brand of tabletop puppetry at the Toronto Kids’ Fringe Theatre Festival this summer.

Come and see stuffed animals come alive in As You Puppet, a unique retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like, starring teddy bears, kittens, rabbits and frogs. As You Puppet will premiere Thursday July 2 at 4:50pm.

Showtimes are as follows:

Thursday July 2, 4:50pm
Friday July 3, 8:05pm
Saturday July 4, 2:20pm
Monday July 6, 12:40pm

Wednesday July 8, 5:40pm
Thursday July 9, 3:45pm
Saturday July 11, 12:25pm
Sunday July 12, 7:05pm

$10 adults / $5 kids
fringe hotline: 416-966-1062
All shows are in the Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Avenue (just north of Bloor).


The Puppets Up! Workshops have now been scheduled. Click Here to download the PDF

PUPPETS UP 2009 - August 8th & 9th
Visit the PUPPETS UP! 2009 website. The line up this year is, as usual, very exciting with ten different troupes coming from across Canada, the U.S., Iceland and the UK.

Telling Stories
“This year, the festival’s Telling Stories theme has inspired a story writing competition and a youth production”, says Noreen Young, Puppets Up! Artistic Director. ”We are going to take the winning children’s stories and fashion them into a puppet production to be presented at the festival by a youth troupe comprised of eight local Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place children”.
The Puppets Up! story writing competition is open to children ages 8 to 15 and submissions are due by April 30, 2009. Within 1,000 words, entrants will be asked to write a story involving a bookworm and a kid (boy or girl). A panel of local authors, booksellers, librarians and artists will judge the results.
The top three competition winners will join Nick, the festival mascot, in the daily festival parade on both August 8 and 9. They'll earn prizes in the amounts of $100, $75 and $50 as well. More Info

Another gift from the Canadian Library Association Conference in Montreal was an email from Josiane Polidori, Head of Children's Literature at the Canadian Archives bringing the work of Marie-France Thibault to our attention. Check out Marie-France's Blog to see some beautiful work in Shadow Puppetry.

New easy-to-operate marionettes from Alexander Mergold

Why should you be concerned?
Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario plan to run over 400 diesel trains a day through our neighbourhoods. Diesel exhaust is a known threat to human health, especially the health of children and seniors, and is linked to cancer and respiratory diseases. Diesel trains will spew fumes, create noise and divide our neighbourhoods. This plan will seriously impact our quality of life.
For a couple of years now Ken McMullen of Spring Arbour Farms has delivered beautiful organic produce to our door. The green onions are the best I have every tasted! Ken has recently won a Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
"Spring Arbour Farm is 50 acres of Edenic Paradise with mixed hardwood forest, streams and meadows. We are located in Southwestern Ontario, Canada near Long Point and Lake Erie (about 200km southwest of Toronto). Half of the crop land is asparagus the other half is a mixture of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. We follow organic farming practices to enhance the natural vigour of the soil. Most of our varieties are heirlooms predating 1890. These are available as seeds, transplants, fresh food and preserves. The wild half of the farm supplies us with maple syrup, native ferns and flowers and exotic flavours such as wild ginger and wild grape. It also ensure a biologically healthy and stable environment in which to grow food without poisons."


March 2009

Kelly's next workshop will be on
Sunday, September 20th, 2009
at Open Door Designs.

Please email us to get on the list.

To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here

Call (416) 531-1290 for more information.