‘An Evening of Fairy Tales: A Shadow Puppet Experience’ is first indoor show at Winchester Old Town Hall in nearly two years; tickets available now from DCP

WINCHESTER — After almost two years of riding the corona coaster, Dundas County Players Theatrical Society (DCP) injects new life into Winchester’s Old Town Hall during November. An Evening of Fairy Tales is a whimsical, family-friendly evening and a foray into a new form of theatre for DCP. Utilizing an ancient form of story telling, dramatic tales are told through the shadows thrown by puppets.

Not sure what to expect? Visualize this: hand-crafted, two-dimensional puppets with moving limbs. The puppets gallivant across a projector and interact with many other wondrous characters with well defined profiles. A fight breaks out, a villain flies off-screen and through the air. Thunder rattles the atmosphere. The hero continues their journey. Add a few background effects, a minimalist soundscape, a plethora of ridiculous voices, and the quickest hands you’ve ever witnessed on a projector screen, and you’ve got a slight idea of what to expect! Add a live narrator to keep you and the protagonists on track, and you’re set for three outrageous adventures.

Adapted by the troupe’s very own Mat Kelly, DCP presents a shadow puppet rendition of three classic fairy tales: Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Aladdin. Many versions of these classic tales exist, but Kelly has captured a more contemporary and witty form of the stories, through the use of lively banter, pop-culture references, and fun interactions with the audience. The fourth wall falls regularly to allow many joyful exchanges between shadow-puppet villains and theatregoers.

Prepare to witness the mastery, mechanism, and skill of Kelly and Victoria Bakker, both experienced puppeteers, while they organize and animate the two-dimensional characters, and the sets of the mini-theatre projected on the Winchester Old Town Hall movie screen. As well, Harmony Koiter will playfully narrate and interact with the characters from the stage. Organizers promise a truly delightful and fantastical evening for the whole family.

Approximately one hour in length, the show at Winchester Old Town Hall includes a short intermission. COVID protocols will be followed.


    Friday, November 19th (7pm) – Sold out: Reserved for our Patrons
    Saturday, November 20th (7pm)
    Sunday, November 21st (2pm matinee)
    Friday, November 26th (7pm)
    Saturday, November 27th (7pm)
    Sunday November 28th (2pm matinee)

Tickets are for sale online only (at DCPlayers.ca) using credit card or PayPal. $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

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