Half term theatre treat at Ropery Hall
Lovers of children’s theatre are in for a treat during the February half-term as Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall welcomes Hearthside Tales performing The Snow Bear.
Inspired by Norwegian folk tales the Snow Bear tells the story of a polar bear who is carried away from his arctic home.
“The Snow Bear is a special show in which all the characters are brought to life with mesmerizing storytelling, puppets and shadows,” said Janine Knight, Project Co-Ordinator of the children’s art charity ST-ART who is running three age-related workshops to coincide with the play.
“It features lots of songs to sing and wonderful music played on cello, tuba, accordion and ukulele as the audience joins the Snow Bear on his adventures as he encounters mischievous elves, goblins and trolls,” she explained.
“This wintry tale with live music and magic, puppets and projections and a beautiful miniature theatre packed full of delights is perfect for half-term,” Janine continued.
“We hope that every child – and parents too – who comes along will bring their own teddy bear with them as there is a lot of audience involvement.”
The show, which will be performed on Wednesday, February 17, at 11am and 2pm, is suitable for family audiences – especially children aged between four and seven years.
The first of the three workshops, suitable for four to six year olds, will see simple polar bear puppets created from card and decorative materials with their very own igloo being made, while the second, which runs from 12.30pm to 2pm and is suitable for seven to 11 year olds, sees those taking part making felt finger puppets along with an igloo.
The final workshop, for those aged 12 years and over, will see a collection of winter finger puppets including a polar bear and a penguin being made and requires simple sewing techniques although no previous experience is necessary.
“There is no need to accompany your child on these workshops. Thanks to our new bank of experienced and trained volunteers, we are able to provide additional support to children where needed,” Janine said. The cost per child for a workshop is just £1.
Parents whose children are taking part in the workshop, if booked in advance, will receive a money-off voucher for tea or coffee and cake in the Ropery Coffee Shop that is redeemable on the day of the workshop.
Tickets that cost £6 for adults and £4 for children to see the show can be booked online at www.roperyhall.co.uk as well as at the Craft Gallery and by calling 01652 660380. The last two options can also be used to book a place in the workshops.