Saturday, January 19 turned out blustery and cold, but that didn't stop local families from heading out to Magical Mystery Munsch at the SRSS Theatre, put on by the Prairie Theatre Exchange. This year's set included a magical machine that took the actors into the very brain of Robert Munsch! Or so they thought... after going through five stories including "Murmel, Murmel, Murmel," "Look at Me" and "Mud Puddle" (hear stories online at http://robertmunsch.com/books), the characters concluded that this was not a magical machine, but books - which was just as marvelous and exciting. The cast got young members of our audience involved in both "Millicent and the Wind" (as Millicent's friend) and "ROAR!" - playing cute forest animals; a bunny, a squirrel and a mouse. At the end of the show these guest performers were invited back on stage to take a bow.
Guests were once again invited to come in their pajamas for a community-wide pajama party, and enjoy milk and cookies, plus lots more Munsch stories in our story corner before and after the show.
Congratulations to our door prize winners who won an admission, gift card and various toys and games generously donated by the Manitoba Children's Museum. Another congratulations to our 'Munsch Storywriting Contest" winners. Grade 1 student Bowen from Southwood School was our winner from the Grades 1-3 category and Grade 6 student Amber from Blumenort School was our winner from the Grades 4-6 category. Both winners read their stories at the beginning of the show, plus received free tickets for Magical Mystery Munsch.
Thanks to our show sponsors Kelvin & Kim Goertzen! Prairie Theatre Exchange always does an exceptional job, and the constant giggles, laughter and wide-eyed wonder from kids around the theatre said it all - Prairie Theatre Exchange did it again this year.
Submitted by Shannon Neufeld