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Kellie Haines

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: Vancouver
Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays, Virtual
Languages: English
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE

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!


See a preview of Kellie Haines' show by registering for 'ArtStarts Presents'!

Performance(s)

A Birdy Told Me So

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Storytelling
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 6
Duration: 50 mins. Plus Q&A
Capacity: 650
Tech Requirements: One Hour set up time plus access to electrical outlet, one table and chair
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$795
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$815
Vancouver Island Lower
$895
Vancouver Island Mid
$920
Vancouver Island North
$920
Interior
$945
North
$1,020
Remote
$1,045
Kootenays
$945
Virtual
$0

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

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Storytelling
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 6
Duration: 50 mins. + Q&A
Capacity: 650
Tech Requirements: One Hour set up time plus access to electrical outlet, one table and chair
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$795
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$815
Vancouver Island Lower
$895
Vancouver Island Mid
$920
Vancouver Island North
$920
Interior
$945
North
$1,020
Remote
$1,045
Kootenays
$945
Virtual
$0

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.

Workshop(s)

Live Virtual Field Trip

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Storytelling, Interdisciplinary
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 6
Duration: 1 hour
Capacity: 30
Tech Requirements: access to online platform (ie Zoom, Teams etc)
Available Formats: Virtual

Lower Mainland
$0
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$0
Vancouver Island Lower
$0
Vancouver Island Mid
$0
Vancouver Island North
$0
Interior
$0
North
$0
Remote
$0
Kootenays
$0
Virtual
$250

We are also excited to offer one-hour LIVE Virtual Field Trips into the exciting world of puppetry and ventriloquism with expert Kellie Haines. These virtual workshops are tailored to optimize the BIG IDEAS and BC curricular competencies for each grade. Using an online platform, Kellie engages students through storytelling, character development, movement, voice and lots of humour.


Testimonials & 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
The presentation was very cross- curricular, and included conversations around the core competency skills. The show was fast paced, and the hour flew by. It was a lovely mix of humour, conversations about her experiences, music, and big life topics like being yourself, and being resilient. We are so grateful that you came all the way up to Williams Lake! Ms. K – Nesika Elementary
It was an absolute pleasure to have Kellie in our school. The performance was fun, upbeat and shared some strong messages of inclusion, diversity & resilience. The follow up workshop sessions were fabulous. It was a joy to see our students so invested in making their puppets and engaging in imaginary play – creative thinking, communication and social responsibility skills all rolled into one powerful session. Kellie modeled inclusive and personalized learning. Principal of McGowan Park Elementary

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