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Water Under the Bridge: A One-Act Musical Comedy with Puppets

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Meet Finkelzeus, the Meadow’s wimpiest troll, who would rather knit and sing than do what trolls do — eat people. He meets perky human Jenny (performed by a sparkling Rebecca Horvey), who loans him her “creativity hat,” thus empowering him to stand up to his bullying father and brother Pagel. By the end of the 45-minute show, he also gains courage to woo the troll of his dreams, warbling away to keyboardist/composer Thomas King’s effective live accompaniment.

Playwright Tony D’Alessandro’s winsome puppet musical tale is a quickly paced show about building self-confidence. But it’s also a gentle ode to the power of imagination, with the large troll puppets both fearsome and lovable. At times the plot wanders and the actors’ spoken lines can’t be heard through their gauzy masks. And why are the requisite bodily function (i.e. fart and poop) jokes always synonymous with kids’ entertainment?

Still the non-furry, younger members in the audience appeared to have a good time — chuckling merrily away in a way that’s always the true test of show’s success.

— Holly Harris

From the Fringe program:

Director: Tony D'Alessandro & Thomas King

Cast: Bryndyn Boonstra, Rebecca Horvey, Simon Paterson, Jesse-Alan Negraeff, & Josiah George

A non-stop hilarious musical comedy! Join FINKELZEUS, the world's wimpiest troll, as he makes the most difficult decision of his life! A ridiculous adventure sure to make you howl.

A colourful cast of troll puppets bring the meadow to life in this fantastic children's show with a delightful message about creating self-confidence.

Tickets: $5 for children 12 and under

Audience Classification: General

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Students, Seniors

Warnings: None

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