Paper Song

by Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull
Directed by Caroline Howarth

Touring Elementary Schools
January 30 - February 9, 2013


Praise for Past Shows:

“Lig & Bittle is a charmer of a physical comedy about the desire to blend in…The writing is deft, light, non-preachy and knowing.”

Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

I can only praise Concrete Theatre for their great work! From the booking agent to the cast and crew, it was an absolute delight to work with them… I am already counting down until next year’s performance!”
Lindy Bonn
Children’s Program Coordinator, Yellowhead County



Paper can be anything!

Paper Song is a new play for children and families that weaves a traditional Japanese folktale about a crane (Tsuru) with the story of a young mouse and her grandfather, as they struggle against an oppressive overlord, the goblin Tengu. This magical performance integrates large-scale origami (the Japanese art of paper-folding) and shadow puppetry into the storytelling and design of the play. Focusing on the relationship between grandfather and granddaughter, Paper Song celebrates the ability for artistic creativity, ingenuity and love to transform despair into hope.

Themes: love, oppression, transformation.

Curriculum Ties: Social Studies: recognition and respect for individual identity, social compassion, fairness.  Language Arts: exploration of thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences, concepts of respect, support and collaboration, appreciating diversity. Folktales. Health: decision making, life learning choices, relationship skills.  Art: origami. 

Study Guide Available.

50 minutes with a 5-10 minute Q & A
Base Price: $815
For more information or to book a school show in your gym or community please contact:
Irene Kunda, Bookings Coordinator 
780-439-3905 or

2013 Production Information:

Ntara Curry
Richard Lam
Zina Lee

Directed by Caroline Howarth

Production Design by Cory Sincennes
Sound Design/Composer Dave Clarke
Stage Managed by Rachel Rudd
Dramaturg & Puppet Consultant Brendan Nearey
Poster Design by Isabelle Gagnon / Good Graphics

School shows at the Westbury Theatre, TransAlta Arts Barns
10330 84 Avenue       
January 24, 2013, 10 am and 1 pm
January 25, 2013, 1 pm
Tickets are $7 per person
These tickets are available at the Fringe Box Office (780) 409-1910 or through their website:

Public shows at the Westbury Theatre, TransAlta Arts Barns
10330 84 Avenue
January 25, 2013, 7 pm Opening
January 26, 2013, 11 am and 2 pm
Adult Tickets: $18.90
Senior/Student Tickets: $15.75
Child (12 and under) Tickets: $13.13
These prices include all service charges and tax.
These tickets are available at the Fringe Box Office or through their website:

New!  Download your very own customizable Paper Song Poster to put up in your school! To add your school name and the date of the performance you will need Adobe Acrobat reader







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