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Kellie Haines

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Kellie Haines has a BA in drama and is a multi-talented entertainer who has mastered the art of storytelling through puppetry, music and ventriloquism. Kellie believes that puppets can help students find their own voice. She was invited to work with The Museum of Anthropology to deliver hands on puppetry workshops during their exhibition Shadows, String and Other Things in 2019. From performing on stage for the first time at her school talent show to working professionally for stage and TV, including a Jim Henson TV show, Kellie never forgot what she wanted to do when she grew up!


Reviews

To see the children's faces light up, reaffirmed everything that the arts do for children. We are still talking about it and wondering when the bird and frog can come back. Thank you for coming all this way to share your time. Christina Pittman, Sxoxomic School, Alkali Lake
What a great presentation. BOOK HER! Liz Mansfield, Head of Primary Department, West Point Grey School, Vancouver

Performances & Workshops

A Birdy Told Me So

Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 50 mins. Plus Q&A
Capacity: 650
Tech Requirements: Two electrical outlets, one table and chair and if possible ability to dim lights for performance.
Fee Range: $745 - $1045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$700.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$725.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$800.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$800.00
Vancouver Island North
$800.00
Interior
$875.00
North
$950.00
Kootenays
$875.00

Eight year old Kellie doesn't feel like she fits in until she receives a gift that talks on its own! Kellie meets Magrau, a chatty puppet who makes people laugh. When Magrau signs them up for the school talent show Kellie is mortified. The advice from Magrau? Never give up! Magrau the bird puppet appears to talk by himself leading the students into the imaginative world of this story. Kellie learns that success is like learning how to ride a bike - you're going to fall down a few times on your way. This multi-media show opened to rave reviews at the Vancouver International Puppet Festival in 2018 and has toured schools and theatres in British Columbia and Alberta. This production is inspired by Kellie's own experiences having Tourette Syndrome, performing at her school talent show on stage where her symptoms of TS went way and she found her talent.

A Space to Play

Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 50 mins. + Q&A
Capacity: 650
Tech Requirements: 2 electrical outlets, table, chair
Fee Range: $745 - $1045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$700.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$725.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$800.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$800.00
Vancouver Island North
$800.00
Interior
$875.00
North
$950.00
Kootenays
$875.00

Three friends--Storyteller Kellie Haines, Kamilla the frog and Magrau the bird--explore the differences in people, nature and the universe in this hilarious and interactive musical adventure. The sound of the drums start the show as Kellie's puppets Kamilla, a frog puppet with red hair and Magrau a talkative bird puppet, take a series of comic detours as volunteers from the audience come to Kellie's rescue. Puppets magically come alive, hilarious dialogue keeps the audiences laughing and Kellie's puppets learn that being different is extraordinary. The older students mentor the younger students in this colourful show about being different. The physical comedy, songs and ventriloquism keep the students engaged and the reaction is priceless.

Puppetry Ventriloquism 101 - 3 workshops and a Performance

Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: 20 -28 students per workshop up to 3 sessions, Performance 650
Tech Requirements: Two electrical outlets, one table and chair.
Fee Range: $1345-1595 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$1,300.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$1,325.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$1,400.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$1,400.00
Vancouver Island North
$1,400.00
Interior
$1,475.00
North
$1,550.00
Kootenays
$1,475.00

Learn puppetry and ventriloquism technique in this dynamic 1 hour workshop. How old is the art of puppetry and when did ventriloquism get introduced to audiences? These questions will be addressed as students and teacher receive hands-on puppetry lessons. Students create their very own puppet to be used in class and then taken home with them. Puppets tell stories, have talents, may speak different languages and help students express themselves! How to move your puppet's mouth to the beat of the syllables, how to create character through voice and movement and how to talk with little or no mouth movement is taught in a playful way with the assistance of Kellie's puppets. Kellie integrates music, storytelling and movement into the mix. Self expression, communication and creative thinking are key components of this unique hands-on workshop. We supply all puppet making materials.

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