Opening Night at the Ottawa Children’s Festival (OCF) is about two weeks away and we are extremely proud and excited to be presenting Kaschtanka by Germany’s Theater Mummpitz. Based on a short story by Anton Chekhov named after a young dog, a pup who loses her master and winds up alone. Later, found by a clown, she is enrolled as a member of a very unusual circus troupe. Together with a goose, a cat, and a pig, they live a life of adventure but is it the life she wants? At the heart of this adventure are the themes of belonging, loyalty and the importance of family.
We have tickets to win to this show from Germany. To enter to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Kaschtanka” in the subject heading. You must be a subscriber to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced next week and will select the date/time they wish to see the show (based on availability) and tickets will be picked up onsite.
For over 3 decades, OCF has curated programming for young people, focusing on enriching school curriculum and promoting the arts as an integral component of education. We strive to develop and present professional, award-winning work from across Canada and around the world, that excites and challenges audiences of all ages. Studies have show that exposure to and participation in the arts contributes to academic success in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. With persistent cuts to education and cultural institutions we, as parents, must fill in any gaps in our child’s education – beginning with the arts.
Theatre for young people has a reputation for being sub-par. Perhaps there are examples that seem to support this belief - productions for children that rely on the “big laugh”, and the physical comedy of the piece may outweigh the artistic merit. OCF believes that children appreciate smart programming, and present only professional productions that have not been dumbed down. Families deserve theatre that is intelligent, magnificently written, thought provoking, and exquisitely executed. Kaschtanka is just such a piece, a must-see for the whole family. Catherine O’Grady, the Festival’s Artistic Producer, notes: “In theatre (children are) establishing ways of thinking critically, of seeing a show and saying, ‘What was good about that? What wasn’t good about that? How does it make me feel?’ It’s another level of understanding your world.”
Join us May 8-12 at LeBreton Flats as we bring the curtains up on this classic piece of world literature, for all ages, with live music, incredible tricks and high calibre performances. Come along and immerse yourself in the world of circus!
About the Giveaway
You must be a Macaroni Kid subscriber to be eligible. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase of any kind will not increase your chances of winning. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law. Do not enter this sweepstakes if you are not eighteen (18) years of age or older as of April 25, 2019 and a legal resident. Entry into this Giveaway begins Thursday, April 25, 2019 and ends Wednesday at 12 noon, May 1, 2019.
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