One bus stop. Two strangers. Infinite destinations.
It’s the setup scene for The Middle of Everywhere, a performance by Portland, Oregon-based theatre puppeteers known as Wonderheads.
Winston, a man of particular particularities, is expecting nothing other than a perfectly normal day.
The appearance of eleven year old Penny at his bus stop is the first thing to upset his routine, but what he doesn’t realize is that today, Penny would be the least of his worries.
The universe has conspired to send these strangers on a fantastic journey through time and space, forcing them to confront their fears head-on as they struggle to find their way home.
But will they claim their place in the universe?
The show is part of another set of wild destinations for local kids: The Surrey International Children’s Festival, which returns on May 26-28 at Bear Creek Park.
The three days of fun includes free on-site access, with ticketed concerts and performances in several stages at the park and the Surrey Arts Centre.
Photo by DesignEgg: Wonderheads’ Emily Windler (left), Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix
Other ticketed performances include:
• Circus clown Circus INcognitus;
• B.C. children’s entertainer Charlotte Diamond;
• Afro-fusion/Afro-jazz musicians H’SAO;
• Dutch theatrical poetry Love That Dog;
• Northern storyteller Michael Kusugak; and
• Magic/circus/puppeteers The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Among free shows is the Surrey Libraries’ Storytelling Tent, which will have shows every hour on Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The festival will include free and ticketed interactive activities such as Big Top Circus Fun, art and performance workshops, clay arts, a face painting and mehndi stations, a music station, prop-making with arts-elves and more.
Festival hours are Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices vary and depend on the day and activities.
For tickets, call 604-501-5566, visit tickets.surrey.ca or go to the Surrey Arts Centre Box office across the parking lot. Bear Creek Park is located at 13750 88 Ave.
For more information and a full schedule, visit surrey.ca/childrensfestival/