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Old Man and The River


Old Man and The River Image copyPresented by Theatre Direct Canada 

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 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 education@theatredirect.on.ca to book a class trip!


“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


Video trailer features the 2014 production of Old Man and the River performed by Mike Petersen, Eric Woolfe, Kira Hall, and Seanna Kennedy.