Homebase: Victoria, B.C.
Regions Available: Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Remote, Virtual
Languages: English, French
Themes: Mental Health
Theatre SKAM is a Victoria-based theatre company that creates new work focusing on play, risk-taking and expanding our collaborative artistic process through exploration and communication. Through the SKAM School for Performing Arts and other initiatives such as the Pop-Up Theatre and SKAM Young Company, Theatre SKAM strives to connect youth with the performing arts in engaging and innovative ways that empower youth through creative expression. SKAM’s Artistic Associate Olivia Wheeler brings a unique blend of expertise in puppetry, theatre design and playwriting having worked on theatrical productions from coast to coast. With Theatre SKAM’s innovative practices and Artistic Associate Olivia Wheeler’s creative vision and puppetry experience, their offering Quest for the Moon shares the art of shadow-puppetry with youth through performance and hands-on experience.
School Year: 23-24
Offered Languages: English, French
Grade Suitability: K - 5
Duration: 50 minutes - 30 minute show + 20 minute workshop
Tech Requirements: Ability to Black out for complete/almost complete darkness. Performance area must be a minimum of 15’0’ wide by 12’0” Deep by 8’0” High. One electrical outlet.
Available Formats: In Person, Virtual
Quest for the Moon is a shadow-puppet play about the unlikely friendship between a young fox and the Moon. One night, the Moon goes missing, and the Fox is forced to face his fears and venture beyond the comfort of his home forest in order to find his friend. Through his adventure, the Fox learns about the importance of one’s journey over the destination, and the many ways friendships can take shape. The lessons in this story came out of experiences in COVID isolation: how our relationships with one another grow and change under new circumstances, and how to prioritise one’s own mental health in order to continue caring for others. The whole show - puppets and set - fits in a suitcase and expands, which makes it accessible and easy to set up. One booking includes multiple shows; each show includes the 30 minute performance followed by a 20 minute hands-on workshop to teach students how the shadow puppetry is created, show them the behind the scenes of the show, and teach them how to make their own shadow puppets. We intend to have multiple shows per booking so smaller groups of students (a few classes at a time) will engage directly with the puppets and the performers. The show is available in both English and French, and is suitable for French Immersion classes.
The performers were warm, engaging and very talented. It was fun for all ages. - Community Member, 2020 Pop-Up Show