Reviews

Peter and the Wolf

Platypus Theatre's Peter and the Wolf is a wonderful, contemporary re-telling of an evergreen classic.  Though the music and the characters remain unchanged, the narrative  is recast into a tale about a school boy and his misadventures.  No longer a folk tale, it becomes a story filled with contemporary references and relevance, providing even more traction for students to become engaged, enthralled and entertained.  It is always refreshing to find such a clever, well-informed, musical and fun take on a classic!

David Amado, Guest Conductor, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

 

Platypus Theatre made magic once again with this fresh take on the classic Peter and the Wolf. The creative use of masks, mime, humour and music kept my young students engaged throughout, and bubbling with excitement when they reflected back on the experience. This production’s detailed and sensitive attention to the music will delight educators and children alike. The updates to the storyline preserve the fun of the original, while nodding to the contemporary context.

Catherine West, Coordinator, Music AQ programs, OISE/University of Toronto, Editor, Ostinato, Carl Orff Music for Children/Musique pour enfants

 

The concert was a great experience for all - students and adults alike. It was well done and showed creativity in engaging the students - I appreciated hearing the full orchestra and the introduction to some of the instruments for the students. I'm committed to encouraging young people to enjoy classical music and a wonderful orchestra. Thank you! Merci!

Teacher, Montreal

 

Platypus Theatre complemented the concert very well! Great visual effect and excellent explanations.

Educator, Montreal

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this year's presentation. My students were quite taken by the concert. Many of my colleagues were very impressed with the concert and the presentation.

Teacher, Montreal

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How the Gimquat Found Her Song

I was completely blown away with the Platypus Theatre show “How the Gimquat Found Her Song”. I have heard nothing but great comments from the teachers about the way we are able to incorporate music education in a fun, entertaining and interactive way. If we continue to use brilliant artists such as Peter Duschenes coupled with our fantastic orchestra, it could only mean great things to come by planting a seed with this next generation of music lovers. Congrats to all!

Laura Weber, National Arts Centre Orchestra

 

The production was beautifully written and beautifully performed. It had all of the elements I look for in children's concerts: great orchestral repertoire with the focus on the music and the orchestra, an engaging story and quality acting and presentation.

Jim Bartsch, Education Director, Minnesota Orchestra

 

Superb...kept the audience enthralled...both magical and educational. A successful combination of drama, good repertoire, subtle education and entertainment. It's always a pleasure to re-engage a company that consistently brings productions of the highest quality to our symphony.

Roberta Smith, Director of Education, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

 

I've played for countless young-people’s concerts and found your production to be the most entertaining and interesting one I've ever seen. I can't imagine a symphony in North America that wouldn't benefit from working with the folks at Platypus Theatre. Bravo to you and your capable staff. Thanks for providing a valuable and unique product to the symphonic market. May you continue to be more and more successful – and hurry back to Utah!

Kenny Hodges, Musician, Salt Lake City

 

One of the rare times I have conducted a family concert where the reactions among children, parents, and orchestra musicians were all equally enthusiastic. The reasons are plain enough: Platypus Theater combines a compelling story, beautifully presented with the highest quality music, resulting in a program which allows the orchestra to play what it plays best while enlightening and entertaining audience members of all ages.

Andrews Sill, Associate Conductor, Milwaukee Symphony

 

The show was fantastic. Exposing elementary children to classical music is not easily done. I love the way the program interwove the musical and dramatic portions. As a teacher with strong music and theatre background I can honestly say it was the best program and presentation we could have hoped for. Well done! I look forward to your next visit to Sagebrush Theatre.

James Clark, Teacher, Merritt, BC

 

An incredible recipe that you’ve put together…Passion…?insight… humor… beautiful music… history…audience participation… all added up to a very successful performance!

Teacher, Minneapolis, MN

 

The response was tremendous! The high caliber of performance and educational value in this production is unique in contemporary symphonic programming. In addition, the emotional attachment the audience had to the characters by the end of the show was such that there was not a dry eye to be found anywhere! I have, and will continue to give Platypus Theatre my highest praise.

Sara Moody, Director of Operations, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

 

I look forward to working with you again. A fabulous musical experience! First class... one of the most enjoyable productions for young people that we have ever featured

Alan D. Valentine, Executive Director, Oklahoma City Philharmonic

 

...entertaining, informative, beautiful and first rate in all respects. Fully professional, of high artistic quality, and extremely appealing to our audience and orchestra alike. We will definitely engage them again.

Ginny Garrett, Director of Education, Houston Symphony

 

Saw your incredibly polished, professional show with my daughter yesterday and was delighted and moved by the story of searching, transformation and rebirth. The music was great too! P.S. I have never seen a performance that has moved me to write before.

Monica Fiederer, Victoria, BC

 

We just wanted to write and say thanks for coming to Salt Lake with your outstanding show! We hope you will come back to our city in the near future with another one. They are so valuable for our children and the appreciation they gain for beautiful music and clean, fun and entertaining shows such as yours are much needed in our society today. We anxiously await your return. Thanks again!!

The Sommer Family, Kaysville, UT

 

I’ve heard nothing but great reviews from other teachers, parents and students. The blend of storytelling and music was marvelous. Thank you!

Teacher, Minneapolis, MN

 

My children were enthralled from beginning to end.

Parent, Minneapolis

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Emily Saves the Orchestra

My 6 year old son and I LOVED your show. The story was so clever, the acting and dancing was wonderful, the music selections were perfect, and the ending moved me to tears. My son loves "Ode to Joy" and could barely contain himself when the "spirit song" was played. Thank you so much for helping to inspire a new generation of classical music lovers!

Laura, Parent, Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Masterful puppetry and acting turned classical music into a visual delight. ‘Emily Saves The Orchestra’ presents music as a colorful adventure

Edmonton Sunday Sun

 

...a brilliantly constructed show. A perfect blend of entertainment and esthetic education. It delights parents as much as the young people they bring.

C. Stephen Smith, General Manager, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Saturday's program was perhaps the most touching and revealing testimony to the power of music the power of the spirit that I have witnessed. It was beautiful on the deepest level. I can't tell you how grateful I am that we had the opportunity to be a part of it.

Donald Thulean, Board Member, Seattle Symphony

 

...the perfect pastime for a Sunday afternoon.

Arthur Kaptainis, Montreal Gazette

 

Superb...kept the audience enthralled...both magical and educational. A successful combination of drama, good repertoire, subtle education and entertainment. It's always a pleasure to re-engage a company that consistently brings productions of the highest quality to our symphony.

Roberta Smith, Director of Education, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

 

...entertaining, informative, beautiful and first rate in all respects. Fully professional, of high artistic quality, and extremely appealing to our audience and orchestra alike. We will definitely engage them again.

Ginny Garrett, Director of Education, Houston Symphony

 

A wonderful, thoroughly enjoyable performance. We received a lot of feedback from the musicians of the NACO...who praised the production for its effectiveness both musically and theatrically...

Claire Speed, Education Director, National Arts Centre Orchestra

 

Seeing two thousand kids sitting motionless in their seats, wide eyes glued to the stage and then bursting into applause convinced us that Platypus Theatre has the perfect recipe to reach children with the magic of music. The production combined education and entertainment in a subtle way. The music, being at the centre of the story at all times, encouraged the children to listen carefully to each musical selection.

Paul Fortin, Music Administrator, Montreal Symphony Orchestra

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A Flicker of Light on a Winter’s Night

...the script was creative while educational, and it was well received by the audience - adults and children alike. "A Flicker of Light on Winter'''s Night" is the type of holiday program I look for: a quality, thought-provoking, engaging program with a hint of magic the season asks for.

Valerie Nelson, Director of Operations at Charleston Symphony Orchestra

 

Much more than a musical journey. It moved through time and tradition, culture and origin and told it all in an entertaining way.

Barrie Examiner

 

We loved the Christmas concert! We came out floating on a cloud. It was different, amazing and every child should see that concert.

Patricia, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

 

This Christmas concert was the best ever! The format was excellent.

James, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

 

I would like to congratulate the symphony on a magnificent Christmas show. My wife and I attended with another couple and we all agreed this was the best one ever. It was interesting, informative and educational. Keep up the good work.

Lloyd, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

 

Well worth the ticket.

Kitchener Record

 

My 5 year old son and I saw A Flicker of Light on a Winter's Night today with the Nashville Symphony and it is the best show we have seen so far in the Pied Piper Series. It was a fun, thoughtful, educational and open show. Great work, I would definitely like to know if you will be doing anything else in the Nashville area.

Eric Mader, Nashville, TN

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Bach to the Future

The best school performance we have ever attended!

Susan Ringrose, Teacher, Empire Public School

 

...left our capacity audience thrilled at the highest level!

Paul Ferrington, Guest Conductor, Buffalo Philharmonic

 

Thanks for a wonderful concert on Sunday. "Bach to the Future" is such an engaging and entertaining program, and I've heard many, many positive comments about your performance. It was great working with you - I hope to see you again soon.

Patrick Reynolds, Conductor, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

 

It's always a pleasure to re-engage a company that consistently brings productions of the highest quality to our symphony.

Roberta Smith, Manager of Education, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

 

These performers know kids and how to engage them.

Saint Paul Pioneer Press

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Charlotte and the Music Maker

Wonderful. The best way to combat cabin fever you’ll ever find.

Winnipeg Free Press

 

Congratulations on two very successful shows last Saturday! Your performance was most outstanding and you certainly have a wonderful way of keeping the kids' attention!!!

Kellie Abercrombie, Education Associate, National Arts Centre Orchestra

 

Amazing! The performer and the orchestra had the rapt attention of the packed symphony hall. Thank you so much for providing such an amazing event.

C. Billmyer, Chicago, IL

 

Absolutely delightful! A great way to introduce symphonic music to children. Thank you for an awesome afternoon!

L. Novodvorsky, Edmonton, AB

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Rhythm in Your Rubbish

Platypus Theatre has performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra many times over the years and each show has been entertaining, educating, inspiring and of the highest quality. They are a delight to work with!

Claire Stokes, Program Manager, West Australian Symphony Orchestra

 

Children laughed, clapped and watched entranced for 60 minutes as the two mime artists explored the percussive potential of buckets, bottles, utensils and pipes, accompanied by the lush sound of a full symphony orchestra.

The West Australian

 

Their genius lies in an instant yet profound connection with children and that elixir for children's souls, minds and imaginations - music.

Hamilton Spectator

 

… they proceed for an hour, without a single word, to create magic with brilliant mime and a treasure trove of rubbish that tinkles, bangs, whistles and sings.

Hamilton Spectator

 

Here is where "Rhythm in Your Rubbish" transcends the usual classical orchestra children's show. It trusts the music.

Hamilton Spectator

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Presto, Mambo!

"The National Arts Centre is thrilled to be a co-commissioner of Platypus Theatre's latest production Presto, Mambo! Our student audiences were dancing in their seats and enraptured by the rhythmic pulses of Latin America. Platypus Theatre's brilliant dramaturgy and storytelling were woven seamlessly in and out of the orchestra and kept our students on the edge of their seats. Bravo!"

Genevieve Cimon, Director of Education, The National Arts Centre Orchestra

 

"I loved the show! I was only going to stay to take a few photos but I stayed to the end because it was so entertaining!"

Caroline Markos, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra PR Associate

 

"The actors are there to enhance the music, engage the audience and tell a short tale. In no way does their presence distract from the wonderful music of the exceptional Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The entire performance was kid-centric. From endearing characters on stage, to multiple requests from volunteers to come up to the stage, to sing-along moments, to previously made crafts being incorporated into the show, the kids felt a part of the entire hour long performance."

Review on Family Fun Vancouver 

 

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