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Discover the joy of theatre for kids at these New West shows

The Anvil Theatre and Massey Theatre are reaching out to young audiences this fall.

The Anvil Theatre and Massey Theatre are reaching out to young audiences with new shows in New West this fall.

If you’re a parent, caregiver or educator in New Westminster, you may want to note these productions on your calendar:

The Mixolydian: a Green Thumb Theatre production

This family-friendly show is aimed at audiences aged five and up. The Green Thumb Theatre production follows the story of Bellevue, an 11-year-old Anishinaabe/Métis girl, who’s accompanied by her “imaginary friend,” a shapeshifter named Thomas, on a journey through the woods.

“Having recently lost her grandfather (Shoom), Bellevue feels out of touch with the stories and words Shoom used to share. Luckily, with some help from ancestor Nokomis, Bellevue learns that Shoom’s knowledge lives on in her, and there is more to her friend Thomas than meets the eye,” a write-up about the show notes.

It’s on at the Anvil Theatre (777 Columbia St.) on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, with shows at 1 p.m. Tickets are $11.50 to $21.50; buy online.

Dog Man The Musical: A TheaterWorksUSA production

This new kid-friendly musical is based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey. It follows best buds George and Harold, who’ve been creating comics for years. Now that they’re in fifth grade, they decide it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favourite character, Dog Man, “the crime biting sensation who is part dog, part man and all hero,” as the show is billed.

It’s on at Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.) on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29, with shows at 1 and 4 p.m. both days. Tickets are priced from $28; buy online.

It’s running in conjunction with the children’s Graphic Novel Writing and Illustration Festival at Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces. Find out more about the festival, which includes graphic novel workshops for kids aged six to 12, at the Eighth & Eight website.

Through My Eyes: a Bouge de là production

Bouge de là is a professional dance company from Quebec that creates, performs and promotes quality dance pieces for young audiences.

Its Through My Eyes show begins with a dancer who enters the stage and discovers a ball. As soon as she touches it, the magic begins: the lights go up, décor appears all around her, shadows play tricks and turn one dancer into many.

“A topsy-turvy playground where dance continually shifts with the context, this performance full of surprises invites audiences to see the world afresh through the eyes of a child who explores,” a write-up about the show explains.

It’s aimed at family audiences for ages three and up, or school audiences from preschool to Grade 2.

It’s on at the Anvil Theatre on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18, with shows at 1 p.m. Tickets are priced from $11.50 to $21.50; buy online.

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