Public Performances will be held at the
Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
June 8 and 9, 2013
2 pm each day
Lobby activities start at 1 pm
ASL Interpretation will be provided at both performances and in the lobby.


“Sprouts is devoted to the organic principle that the theatrical repertoire grows when new scripts are fed and watered. Already, the festival, the only one of its kind in the country, has a roster of contagious successes...”
Liz Nicholls, The Edmonton Journal

“If we feed our children's imaginations on the dramatic equivalent of Big Macs and Kraft Dinner, we can't nourish them in a love for theatre at its finest. Why put up with junk theatre, when you can opt for Sprouts?”
Paula Simons, The Edmonton Journal

Sprouts returns for our 12th Festival with a fresh bouquet of brand new short plays for kids and their families.  Four local playwrights from diverse cultural backgrounds will share their latest works in these staged readings.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy storytelling, music, art and theatre – all for kids. After the plays you can write or draw your thoughts in our special art garden plot.

2012 Writers:
Tracy Carroll
Minister Faust            
Vern Thiessen
Michelle Todd

Tracy Carroll - Letters
Tracy Carroll is a longtime friend of the Sprouts Festival -- she has been the mentor to many writers and helped to shape their plays over the years. But this is the first time she has written for the festival itself. Her play is about a little girl who struggles with dyslexia, based on her own daughter’s experiences… and most surprisingly… Richard Branson!

Minister Faust – The Wonderful Wizard Wangari
Journalist, educator, and novelist Malcolm Azania, also known as Minister Faust, first thought about writing about his father’s Kenyan heritage. He eventually came to write about Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan woman who founded the Green Belt Movement and received the Nobel Prize for her environmental and human rights work. With music, rhythm, and movement, Azania shows a woman doing extraordinary things.

Vern Thiessen – Old Nessin
Sprouts commissions writers with all kinds of experience: Vern Thiessen is both a Governor-General’s award-winning playwright for adults, as well as a seasoned writer of plays for children who used to live in Edmonton and now calls New York home. Old Nessin, is based on a story his father told him and is set in a Russian village, where Thiessen’s Mennonite family originated. It explores what happens when a young boy gets caught in a snowstorm, and he saved by a surprising hero.

Michelle Todd - Kuya
Sprouts is a festival for kids, from toddlers to early elementary age. That’s a wide range, and that’s part of what Michelle Todd wants to play with in her new play, Kuya. In her story, a young boy Alex must stay with his aunt and cousins, who are younger, while his mom has a baby. This sets up a relationship where Alex must act as a kuya and help take care of them and be a good example.

Tickets $5
Under 2: Free

A Full Afternoon of Family Entertainment
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At (780) 439-3905 or

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