The littlest theatre-goers, along with their adults, can immerse themselves in traditional Coast Salish and Sto:lo music, masks and imagery as Young People’s Theatre (YPT) presents “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish”. Recommended for kids aged 5-8 (SK-Grade 3), this beautiful, award-winning play from Vancouver’s Axis Theatre tells the tale of a Kwantlen First Nations legend, written by Joseph A. Dandurand and directed by Chris McGregor.

The captivating legend follows a cheese-stealing mouse (Kw’at’el) who must find and offer two children to the hungry ogress Th’owxiya, to make amends for a theft. With the help of Raven (Sqeweqs), Bear (Spa:th) and Sasquatch (Sasq’ets), the sly mouse embarks on a journey to trick the angry spirit and save their family from becoming the ogre’s next feast!

“It’s never too early to introduce our youngest ones to theatre,” says YPT Artistic Director Herbie Barnes. With “Th’owxiya”,  children can experience the magic of theatre with this First Nations tale about friendship. This wonderful play emphasizes the importance of finding community and also helps children embrace their curiosity.

Parent and Educator Study Guide for “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish”

Every production at Young People’s Theatre includes a comprehensive online Study Guide about the themes as well as the dramatic and musical elements presented in the play. Therefore, educators and caregivers can engage in thoughtful discussions with children, both before and after the performance. “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish” features themes of respecting the environment, problem-solving and friendship, courage and honour. Learn more.

Young People’s Theatre (YPT): “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish”

When: October 28 – November 6, 2023
Time: Show times vary; Weekend performances at 11:00am & 2:00pm
Where: Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, Toronto

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