Former City of Red Deer bus now features travelling puppet theatre
A former City of Red Deer bus has found new life as a travelling puppet theatre.
Evergreen Theatre now has The Big Green Puppet Bus among its educational programs available to classrooms and public events across Alberta.
In September 2012, the Calgary based theatre company launched the service in the repurposed bus.
The Red Deer Transit bus, fleet number 251, has been redesigned to be an indoor travelling puppet theatre for schools, events and festivals.
While the public shows are designed for a family audience, primarily children aged four to 10, the school shows are aimed at students from kindergarten to Grade 6.
Evergreen acquired the bus last year and refurbished is over three months.
Sean Fraser, Evergreen Theatre executive director, said in total it took about a year to get the bus ready.
Fraser also said the reasons for the bus were that it meant they could go to special events and be able to offer programming in inclement weather, it seemed like a cool idea and it brought the audience away from distractions to focus on the message of the performance.
The current show offered on the Big Green Puppet Bus is called Splish Splash! A musical review about water conservation.
For more information, visit www.evergreentheatre.com.