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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

sat25may1:00 pmsat2:00 pmThe Papa Penguin Play Event Organized ByCarousel Theatre for Young PeopleVancouver International Children’s FestivalZee Zee TheatreEvent Type Theatre1:00 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-07:00) Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R7, Canada

Event Details

Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP), Vancouver International Children’s Festival, and Zee Zee Theatre present the premiere of Vancouver playwright Dave Deveau’s The Papa Penguin Play.

Inspired by the true story of two male penguins who were gifted an egg at New York’s Central Park Zoo and Deveau’s own parenting experience, the playful and imaginative work follows a pair of penguin fathers and their zoo keeper friend as they navigate the delightful chaos of throwing a first birthday party.

“Since my husband and I became fathers six years ago, we’ve searched for stories that represent and celebrate queer families, and the adorable children’s book, And Tango Makes Three, about Central Park Zoo’s unconventional penguin family, has been an inspiration,” says playwright Deveau, who also serves as Co-Artistic and Managing Director of Carousel Theatre for Young People. “I wanted to create a work that added to this legacy in recognition of the many different ways a family can look, while also being an exuberant celebration of one of life’s most exciting milestones – a baby’s first birthday.”

In The Papa Penguin Play, penguins Peaches and Izzy are the Zoo’s main attraction: two male penguins who put on daily shows to visitors’ delight. Their dream to have a family of their own comes true, thanks to help from their friendly Zoo Keeper, when they are gifted an egg, which, through their diligent care, yields their baby chick, Hedgie. The play welcomes children ages 3-8 and their families to put on their party hats and step inside the colourful and family-affirming celebration that is Hedgie’s first birthday.

The show pulls out all the stops to celebrate the occasion, with puppetry, drag performance, musical numbers, and audience immersion into a joyful hour of theatre for young audiences.

“It is an essential part of CTYP’s mission to tell stories with, for, by, and about underrepresented youth and families,” says Jennica Grienke,  co-artistic and managing director of Carousel Theatre for Young People. “For far too long, CTYP’s stage ignored queer families. We are here to celebrate them now!”


May 25, 2024 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

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