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Artword Theatre, 75 Portland St
Dec 19, 2003 to Jan 4, 2004

Puppetmongers presents
Tea at the Palace
written and performed by
Ann and David Powell
directed by Sharon Weisbaum

Opens Friday Dec 19 at 8 pm. Daily matinees at 2:30 pm, plus Friday evenings at 8 pm
(No performances Dec 24, 25 & 31)
$14 adults, $12 children, Mondays half-price at the door
To reserve, call the St. Lawrence Centre Ticket Line
416-366-7723 (ext 290) or
book at StL online

Mingle with the Puppetmongers at a Special Gala Matinee on New Year's Day! All tickets $25, performance at 2:30 pm, with a tea party after the show! To reserve, call David at 416-691-0806
Extra fun for the kids! Special 1 hour puppet-making workshop for kids after Monday, Tuesday and Friday matinees - only $10 per child - sign up at the box office when you come to the show!

Tea at the Palace is a delightful retelling of two classic Russian folk tales by Toronto's own award-winning Puppetmongers. Exuberant folk music, medieval furniture that magically transforms like pop-up books, and a fascinating array of puppets (that range in size from 6 inches to 6 feet!) come to life in this beautiful and sumptuous theatrical production.

Tea at the Palace tells the engaging story of a Tsar overcoming his servants' silly ideas of class prejudice and male superiority. First off, a Russian peasant is dragged before the Tsar's court and charged with treason simply for making tea! While the Tsar is sorting out that mess, he himself becomes smitten with a charmingly clever maid beneath his caste, and meddlesome servants just make things worse with their ridiculous antics. This hilarious and heartwarming story of humanity, equality and love has long been a favourite of parents and children alike. The Puppetmongers are thrilled to bring it back this year for their beloved Winter Holiday tradition.

The sister and brother Puppetmongers team of Ann and David Powell have been entertaining families with their clever, witty - and downright silly - puppet theatre for 29 years. Their innovative productions enthrall even the most Nintendo-minded kids. For those who stick around after the performance, the Powells will even show curious youngsters (or grown-ups for that matter) how the magical puppets and scenery work. Suitable for ages 5 and up, Tea at the Palace is the perfect holiday treat for families.

How the press have described Tea at the Palace:
"NNNN - Adults as well as their children are wide-eyed" - NOW Magazine
"An inventive display of imaginative puppetry" - Toronto Star
"Miraculous creativity and grace. Ingenious" - eye Magazine
"Custom made to delight" - Globe and Mail