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W.P. Puppet Theatre to perform at Empress

Wendy Passmore-Godfrey and Devon Dubnyk

Puppeteers Wendy Passmore-Godfrey and Devon Dubnyk in ‘Finding My Song: By Bird' on March 11 and March 12 at the Empress Theatre.

A puppet show about a bird who has lost her song will be held at the Empress Theatre on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12.
“Finding My Song: By Bird” is a live 50-minute puppet theatre production about a bird who sets out on a journey to find her lost song, and in the process finds out more about herself.
The children’s story, set in an 18th century town square, is told by the Paper Bird Lady who sells paper birds on a corner by the old cathedral. The search includes many other colourful characters that help or sometimes hinder Bird’s search.
Produced by W.P. Puppet Theatre, a Calgary charitable non-profit society that performs in schools and community theatres, “Finding My Song: By Bird” is presently on tour throughout Alberta.
“We always enjoy meeting our audiences, and look forward to playing at the Empress,” artistic director and performer Wendy Passmore-Godfrey said. “It will be a lot of fun.”
“Children who have attended have been entranced with the colour, the puppets, the music, and the multimedia effects,” said Passmore-Godfrey, who also wrote the story.
“‘Finding My Song: By Bird’ celebrates the human potential for dreams and success, and encourages audiences to dream their dreams, and sing their song. It’s a positive affirmation of what it means to be human – but like a fable it is illustrated with animals.”
The show is recommended for children five and older.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, March 11 and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12.
On Saturday, March 12 from 12-1:30 p.m. there’s a puppet-making workshop conducted by Passmore-Godfrey at the Empress.
The first 24 children who register will learn how to make their own paper sculpture bird and mouse puppets.
They’ll be taught how to cut, twist, glue, staple and shape paper-card into simple but effective puppets. They can then give their characters voices, movement and personality, tell a story, sing a song, and play some drama games.
The fee for the children’s workshop includes supplies. Adults can attend free.
W.P. Puppet Theatre has created performances for schools in Canada and New Zealand. It has performed in community theatres and festivals in Canada, and internationally at festivals in Mexico, Australia, and the United States.

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