In 2017, YPT began a process of cultural learning through a series of workshops called INDIGENizeUS, curated by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue. Encouraged by the YPT staff and artists who took part, Allen MacInnis has chosen each play with reference to the Seven Ancestral Teachings of the Anishinaabek. Each production will explore one of these teachings: WISDOM, LOVE, RESPECT, BRAVERY, HONESTY, HUMILITY and TRUTH. Read more…
THE MUSH HOLE | A moving tribute to the lives and spirits of residential school survivors
Created, Directed, Produced by Santee Smith
Remount Produced by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
MAINSTAGE | Oct. 16-25, 2019 | Recommended for Ages 11 & up | Grades 6-12
This brave dance work explores the impact on children sent to the Hamilton-area Mohawk Technical School, known as “the mush hole” owing to the watery gruel served at every meal. Telling the Truth about residential schools is central to developing a positive way forward for Canada. Young people are the most open to forging that path.
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO | Canadian premiere
Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Directed by Sheila McCarthy
MAINSTAGE | Nov. 11, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020 | Recommended for Ages 5 & up | SK-Grade 6 | Holiday Musical!
A rollicking new musical featuring that much-loved puppet who makes impulsive choices in his quest to become a real boy.
Honesty compels Pinocchio to recognize that being human means caring about how our actions will affect others.
A MILLION BILLION PIECES | World premiere
By David James Brock
Music by Gareth Williams
Directed by Philip Akin
STUDIO | Nov. 25-Dec. 13, 2019 | Recommended for Ages 13 & up | Grades 8-12
Two teens with a rare disease feel completely isolated. Each craves connection with someone who truly understands what their life is like. When they plan a meeting, posing enormous risks to their health, each has a reason to test what it is to live – and Love – like other people.
JUNGLE BOOK | Classic Story Reimagined
Written & Directed by Craig Francis & Rick Miller
Produced by Kidoons and WYRD Productions in association with The 20K Collective
MAINSTAGE | Feb. 10-Mar. 21, 2020 | Recommended for Ages 5 & up | SK-Grade 6
This richly inventive and timely production challenges the conventions of the original story, exploring the consequences of colonialism and the continuing human domination of the animal world … ideal to examine the concept of Respect.
YOU AND I | World premiere
Created by Maja Ardal
Directed by Allen MacInnis
STUDIO | Feb. 11-23, 2020 | Recommended for Ages 12-30 months
A new work for “walking babies” to follow YPT’s smash-hit for infants, One Thing Leads to Another. Learning that we are all unique amongst others is a part of comprehending Humility.
BLUE PLANET | Back by popular demand
By Andri Snaer Magnason
Translated by Julian d’Arcy & Andri Snaer Magnason
Presented by agreement with Nordiska ApS., Copenhagen
Directed by Allen MacInnis
MAINSTAGE | Apr. 6-29, 2020 | Recommended for Ages 9 & up | Grades 4-8
Returning after successful runs in 2006 and 2013. On this blue planet, children achieve their dearest wish – to fly. The cost however, involves consequences they couldn’t foresee. Ultimately, how they undo the environmental and spiritual damage they’ve caused is a beautiful lesson on acquiring Wisdom.
JACK AND THE MAGIC BEAN | Favourite fairy tale returns
Written by Linda A. Carson
Directed by Kim Selody
Produced by Presentation House Theatre
STUDIO | Apr. 14-May 10, 2020 | Recommended for Ages 3-8 | JK-Grade 3
Premiered at YPT in 2012 to a sold-out run! This delightful new Spanish-English version retells our favourite fairy tale, in the context of current environmental and social concerns. Truth for our younger audience members, told in an entertaining way.
CARTOGRAPHY | Explores a pressing issue of our time
Conceived and Created by Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers
Directed by Kaneza Schaal
Written & Designed by Christopher Myers
Produced by ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann
MAINSTAGE | May 5-14, 2020 | Recommended for Ages 12 & up | Grades 7-12
This play eloquently and boldly speaks about migration and the plight of undocumented children in search of security. It calls upon the audience to identify with the courage and Bravery it takes to find — against all odds — the thing we all crave: a place to feel safe.