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The Mask Messenger
Faustwork Mask Theatre, Toronto ON
October 15, 9.30 a.m., St. Paul's School
October 15, 1.30 p.m., Yorkdale Central School
The two performances above are sponsored by Yorkton Arts Council. The Mask Messenger will also be presented at M.C. Knoll School and Springside School on Oct. 16.
The Mask Messenger is physical theatre and comedy in the guise of a demonstration about masks. The show brims with wisdom and insight, even though at times audiences are laughing too hard to notice.
Spoken word and body language combine seamlessly to make this show fly. This menagerie of nearly 20 characters leaves the audience learning and laughing, using oversized silent masks, half-masked characters that speak, and exotic creatures in masks worn on top of the head. There is quick-change artistry, an occasional celebrity appearance, and physical distortion that amaze audiences of all ages.
This is Faustwork Mask Theatre's second visit to the OSAC Junior Concerts, having previously toured in March of 2009.
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Based on stories by Robert Munsch, adapted by Debbie Patterson
Dates and locations to be announced
Prairie Theatre Exchange has a performance tradition of bringing the indelible and charismatic characters of Robert Munsch to vibrant life on the stage. Early in 2016, students will see much-loved classic Munsch stories, including Thomas’ Snowsuit, Mortimer, Angela’s Airplane and Something Good, plus a new favourite, Too Much Stuff -- all presented with the larger-than-life, kid-friendly entertainment our young audiences have come to expect.
Yorkton Arts Council is sponsoring performances of the OSAC Junior Concerts in Yorkton schools this fall and winter, to give youth an opportunity to see professional live theatre.
The Saskatchewan Junior Concert Society began in 1957 when music educator Barbara Cass Beggs saw the need for Saskatchewan students to access live performances presented by professional performing artists. She persuaded staff at the Regina Conservatory to do a vocal, piano, and orchestral performance for 300 Regina students.
The success of that first concert led to a provincial tour. Over 55 years later, the program continues to thrive. Every year, over 25,000 Saskatchewan students, many of whom live in rural areas, enjoy music, dance, drumming, mime, theatre, magic, storytelling, and circus arts performances.
In 1994, the Society amalgamated with OSAC and the program is now known as OSAC Junior Concerts. Each fall and spring, professional performing artists from Saskatchewan, Canada and beyond, are selected to tour for their artistic excellence and special ability to interact with and relate to student audiences.
Study guides, with suggestions for pre- and post-concert discussion and activities, are sent to schools before each tour. Block booking helps to lower the fee/performance because travel expenses are amortized over two or three weeks.
For over 45 years, OSAC has nurtured the traditions of presenting excellence in the performing arts for adults, children and family audiences in various genres and disciplines.
OSAC annually presents over 300 live community and school performances, attended by a total audience of approximately 75,000. This is possible because of a dedicated network of volunteers committed to making culture an integral part of Saskatchewan community life, and vital funding from Saskatchewan Lotteries, Saskatchewan Arts Board, and Canadian Heritage.
Saskatchewan Lotteries benefits more than 12,000 sport, culture, and recreation organizations around the province. Each year 600,000 people participate in programs and from activities initiated by these organizations, over $1 billion of economic activity is generated, and 23,000 jobs are sustained.
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