Manitoba Theatre for Young People : 2021/2022 Season Opens with Two Digital Performances

MTYP announces digital performances of

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and The Snail and the Whale this fall!

September 22, 2021 -- Manitoba Theatre for Young People is thrilled to open its new season with two digital presentations for public and school audiences. Direct from Australia, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer will stream from October 12 through 24 and The Snail and the Whale, an MTYP and Tall Stories of London (UK) production will stream from November 8 through 19.

"As theatres in Manitoba are starting to talk about reopening and bringing audiences back in safely and carefully, we find ourselves in a different situation," says Pablo Felices-Luna, MTYP Artistic Director. "A core part of our audience does not have access to the vaccine yet, because they are not of the right age. Out of the desire and excitement to connect with our audience, we've made the choice to remain digital for the fall. We spent a lot of time looking for pieces that would work really well in this format. That's why we're bringing back The Snail and the Whale, which we had hoped to do last year, in a digital format to share with audiences. And we're bringing back our friends from The Last Great Hunt in Australia, who have made this special recording of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer for Manitoba audiences."

Both of these streams are now available for purchase. Digital performances are pre-recorded and a link to the stream will be emailed out. Audiences can watch from the comfort of their homes and the shows may be watched at any time in between the opening and closing dates.

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

A Production by The Last Great Hunt, Perth, Australia

Ages 9+

The company that brought you It's Dark Outside and New Owner is back with a story about exploration of the unknown and the magic that exists deep in the oceans. The Last Great Hunt's The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is available to MTYP audiences for streaming from October 12 to 24.

Seas have risen, billions have died. Alvin Sputnik is our only hope. He must venture to the bottom of the ocean to find his wife's lost soul and save humanity. "It is a story about love, loss and heroism in a post-eco apocalyptic world," says creator Tim Watts.

Direct from sellout seasons in New York, Sydney, and Auckland, this award-winning piece of heartwarming "theatrical magic" (Sunday Mail) is a one-man micro-epic about enduring love and the end of the world.

The show was created and performed by Tim Watts. Creative Advisor is Arielle Gray and Technical Advisor is Chris Isaacs.

The show has won multiple awards, including:

Winner ** Outstanding Solo Show** New York Fringe

Winner ** Best Theatre Production** Auckland Fringe

Winner ** Best Puppetry** Adelaide Fringe

Winner ** Best Male Performer** Dublin Fringe

"...akin to a theatrical Wall-E" (New York Times)

This production was originally supported by The Blue Room and Perth Theatre Company. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

The Snail and the Whale

An MTYP and Tall Stories of London Production

Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Ages 3-7

From November 9 to 18, Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) and Tall Stories of London bring Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler's award-winning picture book to life.

Longing to see the world, a tiny sea snail hitches a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. When the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the Julia Donaldson story of one crustacean's incredible trip around the world, brought vividly to life with music, storytelling, and loads of laughs.

"A heart-warming adaptation… with songs, sensitivity and imagination." — Time Out Sydney

Tall Stories was founded in 1997 in the UK by joint artistic directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell. They have since become internationally recognized for its exciting blend of storytelling theatre, original music and laughter. Past shows include The Gruffalo, The Snow Dragon and Room on the Broom.

Both of these streams are now on sale. Streams are available for purchase at $15 each. Book your stream online by clicking here. 

About MTYP

MTYP has provided theatre experiences specifically for children and teens since 1982. One of the most respected theatre companies in Canada, MTYP creates new original productions and brings touring companies from across Canada and around the world to Manitoba. The company is home to the MTYP Theatre School that teaches over 1,500 children and teens the art of theatre, as well as the Native Youth Theatre program, that offers free classes to Indigenous youth. To learn more, visit mtyp.ca.

For more info, contact Greg Klassen, Director of Marketing, Manitoba Theatre for Young People at gklassen@mtyp.ca