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Old Man and the River

Produced by Theatre Direct Canada Old Man and The River Image copy

Created by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones
Concept, Dramaturgy and Direction by Lynda Hill
Inspired by the story by Thomas Morgan Jones
Original Production Design by Kelly Wolf
Original Music by Nicky Phillips
Original Lighting Design by Jennifer Lennon
Puppetry by Mike Petersen and Eric Woolfe
Performed by Andrew Young, Ingrid Hansen,
Kira Hall, and Mike Petersen,
Stage Management by Charlene Saroyan
Cast & Creative Team Bios

A grumpy 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 is performed without words to an enchanting musical score.

Suitable for Ages 3 & Up

For Schools:

Recommended for Grades JK – 1

Arts Connections
Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Arts
The themes of friendship, communication, play, adjusting to change, and respecting the natural world are all present in Old Man and the River.

Pre- and Post-Show Engagement for Schools
Comprehensive and engaging interactive sessions before and after the show ensure your students will get the most out of their experience of Old Man and the River.

Email to book a class trip for 2016-2017!

“Well-timed, engaging, touching, very creative! My students responded with compassion, intrigue and interest. The content was the perfect extension to our study on feelings and belonging.” – Michael Demeter, TDSB educator

“I sat with my class of deaf students and enjoyed watching the expressions on their faces as they watched the play. I loved how the production was so accessible for them and that they could experience so much with their eyes. This was a wonderful introduction to puppetry for all our students and how a ‘leaf’, ‘trees’, can also be puppets and be a critical part of the story telling.

We particularly liked the theme of making friends and this topic is particularly relevant to all children who struggle daily to belong and to connect with children on the playground.” – Educator, Calgary

“The production was beautifully arranged and the children were highly engaged in the play.” – Educator, Calgary


Click here for the video trailer of Old Man and the River! Trailer features the 2014 production of Old Man and the River performed by Mike Petersen, Eric Woolfe, Kira Hall, and Seanna Kennedy.

Touring History

Burlington Performing Arts Centre
March 5, 2016

Axis Theatre
March 8 & 9, 2016

Banff Centre for the Arts
March 11 & 12, 2016

Vertigo Theatre Y-Stage
March 14 -20, 2016

Western tour of Old Man and the River was made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s
National and International Touring program.

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