ROBERT MUNSCH - The performers of Saskatoon’s Wide Open Theatre perform Munsch Mania for C.P. Blakely students.

C.P. Blakely students visited by Munsch Mania performers

The students of C.P. Blakely school gathered in their gym for a less traditional story time then usual.

The students of C.P. Blakely school gathered in their gym for a less traditional story time then usual.

On March 22, performers from Saskatoon’s Wide Open Theatre Company visited C.P. Blakely along with a whole cast of puppet friends to help them act out six of Robert Munsch classic children’s literature stories.

“We are doing a collection of six Robert Munsch stories for the kids here at C.P. Blakely,” Performer Felix LeBlanc said. “It is six stories, as told by puppets. The kids seemed to really love it. We weren’t here last year but we were the year before. They were great then and they were awesome today.”

The performances lasted throughout the afternoon, with the three actors even having a question period following the stories. LeBlanc was pleased to share the stories of Munsch one of Canada’s literary treasures.

“As far as lessons go, he sometimes throws traditional lessons to the wind,” LeBlanc said. “The main lesson though is that life is really wacky and crazy and if you can laugh at the crazy things then you will probably come out on top. I think all of his stories have a happy ending.”

LeBlanc feels that puppets are a perfect way to visualize the imaginative stories of Munsch.

“Our puppets look kind of like the muppets and they transfer very well over to the wacky world of Robert Munsch stories,” he said, adding that the audience reaction to the touring show has been very positive.

“It makes it easier,” he said. “The more that the kids are into it, the easier the job is.”


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