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Theatre for young people

The Arts Centre Theatre in Maple Ridge adds three new plays for elementary, school-aged audiences to its line-up this year.

The Theatre for Young People series will feature performances by three of professional theatre companies who specialize in work for young people. Tree Boy opens the series, followed by Peter Pan and The Boy Who Learned to Fly.

“We believe strongly that the arts audience of the future should be developed at an early age and through these programs children will acquire a life-long appreciation of the arts,” says events manager, Jennifer Shaver.

Tree Boy is the story about Avery, who uncovers a plot by his father to cut down his favourite tree. He enrolls his best friend to live with him in the yard to protest. But when a heated debate over soccer and global warming goes sour, Avery questions if he has the guts to be an "Enviro-Man" or is he merely, as his sister calls him, a Tree Boy.

Tree Boy features two actors interacting with other characters through video, live action, shadow-play and puppetry.

Green Thumb Theatre creates and produces plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth and young adults. Their performances celebrates the language and stories of today’s generation and culture to stimulate empathy, debate and critical thinking.

• Tree Boy plays Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $6. Groups will receive one complimentary ticket per group of 20. For school groups call 604-476-2781 or visit www.theactmapleridge.org.

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