familyfestIt’s May! My favourite month.  From now until fall, this is Victoria’s best festival season.

Kicking off the season is 3rd Annual Family Theatre Festival this weekend on May 2-3.

Four local theatres in Victoria, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Puente Theatre and Intrepid Theatre are hosting this amazing family fun.  I love theatre, and try to see as many shows as possible with my kids.  At this year’s Family Theatre Festival, there will be 4 shows throughout the weekend at Metro Studio. Quality theatre experiences appropriate for kids as little as 4 years old!  All shows are at Metro Studio (1411 Quadra Street). You can learn more about each shows on their website, but here are the lineups.

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I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key  | Presented by Intrepid Theatre | May 2-3 12:00pm | Recommended for ages 5+

A new play by 2014 GG Finalist Janet Munsil, inspired by the true story of an educated horse and the remarkable man who trained him. Using only patience and kindness (and apple slices) former slave, William “Doc” Key, trained his ugly duckling of a horse, Jim, to read and count. Their traveling show in the early 1900s was an inspiration for millions of school children learning their letters and numbers, while illustrating the importance of being kind to animals.

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Pinkalicious: The Musical | Presented by Kaleidoscope’s Teen Ensemble | May 2-3 2:00pm | Recommended for ages 4+

This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament.

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The Umbrella | Presented by Puente Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop | May 2-3 5:00pm | Recommended for ages 4+

Based on the book by Judd Palmer (which was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor-General’s Award for Children’s Literature), The Umbrella is a love story about a man and his umbrella; but one storm-struck day a certain sinister crow threatens their happiness together. The set is a theatrical-storm contraption, complete with thunder sheet, wind machine, and rainspout; the puppet stage is a huge bucket. The show is a small-scale piece for families, created and performed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét and Judd Palmer, with music composed by Julia Knight. The Umbrella is a co-production between Puente Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, with music performed by Bučan Bučan, Victoria’s beloved Balkan brass marching band.

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Runaway | Presented by Theatre SKAM | May 2-3 7:00pm | Recommended for ages 10+

Sixteen-year-old activist Sam Stewart values the environment so much she won’t even eat fish. She’s gone under the radar to organize a rally hosted by David Suzuki – who hasn’t shown up! Now she’ll have to convince her supporters to help save the world from an alien threat much more urgent than Global Warming. Can she save the world with the help of her sister, seasoned environmentalist Annie Stewart, or will she have to go it alone?

Runaway is a bittersweet slice of life with a dash of humor and a pinch of song.  It’s a heartfelt meditation on growing up in an uncertain world, moving on the face of tragedy, and leaving the world in better shape than you found it.

They all sound so great. We are definitely checking them out.

Get your tickets at Ticket Rocket: All shows for Family Theatre Festival is $12 for adult,  $10 for student/senior/child

$40 Family Theatre Festival Sharable Pass is now sold out!(Passes can be used as 5 tickets to 1 show or 5 tickets to any combination of shows. ), but limited amount of Family Passes will be available at the door.

See you at Metro Studio!