Arts and Culture for Early Years       May 4 – 24, 2020        

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Old Man and the River

Theatre Direct, Ontario, Canada

May 15th – May 18th, 2014 at Alliance Française de Toronto

A grumpy old man lives in his little house in the woods. Every day is the same and he likes it this way. One day, something very special occurs, a magical creature leaps into his world and everything changes!


Themes of friendship, the natural world, and adjusting to change are explored in this piece, as well as, communication without words.

Created by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones
Inspired by the story by Thomas Morgan Jones

Concept, Dramaturgy and Direction by Lynda Hill
Inspired by the story by Thomas Morgan Jones
Original Design by Kelly Wolf
Original Music by Nicky Phillips
Puppetry by Mike Petersen and Eric Woolfe
with Kira Hall and Seanna Kennedy

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Show times

May 14 at 12h30 (Sold Out)
May 15 at 10h30 (Sold Out)
May 15 at 12h30 (Sold Out)
May 16 at 10h00 (School Performance)
May 16 at 13h00 (Public Performance)
May 17 at 11h00 (Public Performance)
May 17 at 13h00 PM (Public Performance)
May 17 at 16h00 (Public Performance)
May 18 at 13h00 (Public Performance)
May 18 at 16h00 (Public Performance)

About Theatre Direct

Now in its 38th year, Theatre Direct Canada is one of the country’s leading theatres for young audiences with productions that have reached audiences in schools and touring throughout Ontario, across Canada and overseas.  Within its theatre and education studios in Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns, the company’s productions engage students from over 25 local schools while its year-round drama school and community-based education involve over 300 children and their families.

Theatre Direct has won 6 Dora Mavor Moore Award for its productions along with numerous nominations, 10 Chalmers Canadian Play Awards, and the Canada Council Theatre for Young Audiences Prize.

Theatre Direct’s most notable and award-winning productions of the last 10 years include And, By the way Miss…, Beneath the Banyan Tree, The Demonstration, Walking the Tightrope, Binti’s Journey, Sanctuary Song.

Over the past five years, Theatre Direct has been working extensively within kindergarten classrooms and with preschool children through its community programs as part of its research and creation process.  Over 2013 and 2014, the company has led a storytelling and drama residency with kindergarten students in the new Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy which hosts 685 students in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood.

Visit the Theatre Direct website