Water Wonders – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

Water Wonders offers young people and their families an engaging outdoor theatre experience about our deep connection with nature and one another.”

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From press release:

Award-winning director, Sue Miner teams up with playwright Cheryl McNamara to present Water Wonders at the Toronto Fringe Festival. The festival’s very first outdoor production for young audiences, Water Wonders is about one boy’s love of nature and his fight to preserve it.

Presented by Wunder Kid Productions, Water Wonders is a site-specific show performing at the garden courtyard of St. George the Martyr Church (205 John Street, Toronto),June 30 – July 10.

Miner and McNamara worked together in 2001 and 2004 to present Dick’s a Dame (co-written by Jane Moffat) and Dizzy and Dale Chronicles, respectively at the Toronto Fringe Festival. No stranger to the Toronto Fringe Festival, Miner’s most recent Toronto Fringe production, Three Men in a Boat (2014) was named Best of the Fringe and went on to perform at the Tata Festival in Mumbai, India, Globus Theatre, The Next Stage Festival and Fringe Festivals in Canada.

In addition to Water Wonders, Miner is directing, for the Toronto Fringe, INTO by David Carley about a magic realism traffic jam.

Joining the Water Wonders company are acting veteran, Brenda Kamino, and Chase Jeffels, Michelle Langille and Mike Ricci. Alexa Carroll will stage manage the show.

At a time when children are disconnected from nature like never before, and when nature really needs our help, Water Wonders offers young people and their families an engaging outdoor theatre experience about our deep connection with nature and one another.

“Water Wonders was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend and expert in biodiversity,” says McNamara who founded the Toronto chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. “I asked her if she could do one thing to make a difference what it would be. She said: to teach children the importance of nature. I immediately thought of writing a play about a boy’s fight to save it.”

Water Wonders is appropriate for ages 8 and up. In case of rain, the show will perform in the sanctuary at St. George the Martyr Church.

Show times:

  • Thursday June 30th, 07:00 pm
  • Saturday July 2nd, 04:00 pm
  • Saturday July 2nd, 07:00 pm
  • Sunday July 3rd, 04:00 pm
  • Sunday July 3rd, 07:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 5th, 07:00 pm
  • Thursday July 7th, 07:00 pm
  • Friday July 8th, 07:00 pm
  • Saturday July 9th, 04:00 pm
  • Saturday July 9th, 07:00 pm
  • Sunday July 10th, 04:00 pm

Venue: St. George the Martyr Anglican Church. (205 John St)

Details:

  • Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (581 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.
  • The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.
  • Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Littlejohn. In Photo: Chase Jeffels (left), playing Richard the boy, and Mike Ricci playing Spark.