Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre

Our mission is to create and present intimate and innovative theatre experiences of high artistic quality for school and family audiences. We believe in simple, aesthetically beautiful effects that encourage imagination and new ways of looking at things. In our productions we appear in full view of the audience as we work the puppets, and freely move from being narrators to being puppeteers. We play with the puppets in the same way that children play with dolls and toys. This style of puppetry is called open manipulation. The children have a chance to see "how everything works", and the puppeteers have direct contact with the audience, combining puppetry with storytelling and acting. Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre has toured across Canada and the U.S. since 1978. Founders John Nolan and Kathy MacLellan are joined by musician Russell Levia in productions of exceptional creativity and value for young audiences. Over 100 performances a year take the company to schools, libraries, children's festivals and theatres. Kathy has also written for many children's TV shows, including Mr. Dressup, Under the Umbrella Tree, and Theodore Tugboat. John appeared as Jackson on the YTV show Crazy Quilt. Numerous awards include an ACTRA award and a Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA, the international puppetry association.

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Folktales from various cultures, introduction to Shakespeare; musical instruments; stylistic features of drama and theatre forms (mime, masks, puppets); literacy, problem solving; oral and visual communication.


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Seniors
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French
French Immersion

The Cow Show!

New Program Residency Performance English

A light-hearted, fun “moosical” about cows through the ages, celebrating life, nature, Canada, the planet, and of course, cows.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$565 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$790 + HST
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The Wind in the Willows

Residency Performance English

The adventures of Mole, Rat and Toad. Large puppets, videos, and live music inspire a love of nature and reading.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (including Q and A) : $565 + HST
Two performances: Same school in one day : $790 + HST
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Zoom at Sea

Residency Performance English

Journey to the sea, the Arctic, and mysterious ancient Egypt — with Zoom, the cat, and his friend Maria. Based on the books by Tim Wynne-Jones.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (including Q and A) : $565 + HST
Two performances: Same school in one day : $790 + HST
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The Flying Canoe

Residency Performance English

Legends, songs and stories from early French Canada with early film footage, masks, puppets and music played on mandolin, harmonica, accordion, spoons, and a musical saw.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (including Q and A) : $565 + HST
Two performances: Same school in one day : $790 + HST
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Snippets of Canada

New Program Residency Performance English

Staged readings of books, animated with “snippets” of puppetry, masks, drama and live music.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $565 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day $790 + HST
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Owl at Home

Residency Performance English

Owl is a hoot – whether inviting winter to sit by the warm fire or finding strange bumps in his bed! From the much-loved book by Arnold Lobel. Full of fun facts about owls and sing-along songs

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Maximum:
200
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance:  50 minutes (incl. Q&A)   $565 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day   $790 + HST
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The Dolls’ House

Residency Performance English

The exciting story of a family of dolls in a gorgeous, detailed dolls' house with live music and a video camera that brings the audience in for close-ups.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl. Q & A)
$565 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day
$790 + HST
Request a Booking

A World of Stories

Residency Performance English

Four diverse actors tell stories from around the world, including Europe, Asia and Africa, with puppets, dance, songs, and audience participation.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
300
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour (inc.Q & A) $695 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day $1175 + HST
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The Last Polar Bears

Residency Performance English

The funny, moving story of a Grandfather’s unlikely trip to the Arctic with his opinionated dog, Roo.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 mins (plus Q + A)  $565 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day  $790 + HST
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Felicity Falls

Residency Performance English

Funny, family stories about pioneer animals somewhere in the Ottawa Valley

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, General Public
Maximum:
125
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
Two performances: 50 mins (plus Q + A) $565 + HST
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Mask Making 2 artists

Residency Workshop English

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Teachers, General Public
Maximum:
25 students
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One hour session: $260 + HST
Half day: one 2 hour session $360 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $510 + HST
Five full day residency: includes a performance $2550 + HST
One performance + half day workshop: $765 + HST
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Puppet Making 2 artists

Residency Workshop English

Make simple wooden rod puppets and use them to present a story.

Participants:
Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
25 students
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One hour session: $260 + HST
Half day: one 2 hour session $360 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $510 + HST
Five full day residency: includes a performance $2550 + HST
One performance + half day workshop: $765 + HST
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Drama Workshop 2 artists

Residency Workshop English

Create short scenes based on movement games and poems

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
25 students
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One hour session: $260 + HST
Half day: one 2 hour session $360 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $510 + HST
Five full day residency: includes a performance $2550 + HST

Sessions for Kindergarten (Drama workshops) are 30 minutes each, maximum of six kindergarten classes in a day
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A Promise is a Promise

Residency Performance English

When Allashua ignores her parents’ warning not to fish in the Arctic sea ice, she meets terrifying (and hilarious) Qallupilluit monsters. Will she find a way to keep her promise? From the book by Robert Munsch and Inuit storyteller Michael Kusugak.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (including Q and A) : $565 + HST
Two performances: Same school in one day : $790 + HST
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The Tempest

Residency Performance English

A child-friendly version of Shakespeare’s magical masterpiece. Shipwrecked sailors discover an enchanted island, a wizard, his daughter, fairies and a monster—and learn about love and forgiveness. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (including Q and A) : $565 + HST
Two performances: Same school in one day : $790 + HST
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The Nightingale

Residency Performance English

In ancient China, a little bird teaches the Emperor the value of simple things and friendship. Gorgeous puppets, haunting music and unforgettable characters—like the Chief Counselor who only says “p”!

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (including Q and A) : $565 + HST
Two performances: Same school in one day : $790 + HST
Request a Booking

Owl at home

New Program Residency Performance English Seniors

Whether he's inviting Winter to sit by the fire or finding strange bumps in his bedroom, Owl is a hoot! Rag & Bone's puppets, accompanied by Russell Levia singing well-known songs from his extensive repertoire of old favourites, make these delightful stories about soft-hearted Owl irresistible.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 45 mins (plus Q & A) $555 + HST
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The Flying Canoe

Residency Performance English Seniors

Myths, music and legends from the early French Canadian loggers, voyageurs, and habitants. A soupçon of French dialogue.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
one performance: 45 mins (plus Q & A) $555 + HST
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