What We Do
The Arts are one of the most effective ways to learn. Here are some of the ways puppets have impacted our audience:
- During a student performance, Amar, a selective mute student, found the courage to say his line in front of 500 people with the help of his puppet.
- In a ‘youth at risk’ class, students who normally struggle to engage in class subjects, became completely immersed in carving marionettes.
- Kids will flat out copy our child-friendly performance puppets to create their own characters, tell their own stories and express their ideas (We’re obviously flattered!).
- Parents who remember seeing us as children now bring their own kids to experience our shows. Generational impact!
The Innovative and Explorative Puppet Theatre of WPTS
- Produces and performs original shows, which tour throughout Alberta, transforming school gyms and community centres into theatres with lights, sound and stunning sets.
- Presents a wide range of learning experiences in and about puppetry in schools and at community events for both children and adults.
- Community engagement projects building connections and social capital.
- Annually reaching over 5,000 people at over 150 events.
Highlights 2015-2016 – Please see attached Annual Report
Highlights 2016-2017 – Please see attached Annual Report
We opened our Healing Ointment Exhibit to support mental health, we gave away 3 FREE mini View from the Inside: Courage Journey workshops, we’re working on our Canada 150 project to celebrate Gray Jay, we’re presenting five Artists in School residencies, Pigs in a Canoe and Other Watery Stories will have been part of the Kimberly Arts Festival and the Grande Prairie Children’s Festival, Puppet Pop Up’s continue to pop up around Calgary… and more.
Looking forward to 2017-18 – Puppet Power 2018 conference on Applied Puppetry takes place in June 2-3, we get back to testing & development of our online course program, our Canada 150 project concludes, creation starts on a new show (top secret) and work continues on our large experimental show “Evolution of Moral Progress: Genus 394WZ”.