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March
Experience the exciting and funny journey to Moominland

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Moomin enthuastics will be treated to the unique experience of journeying to the adventurous Moominland with Moomin and his friends in "Comet in Moominland" by Manitoba Theatre for Young People from Canada as part of the "Family Series" programmes presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

In its Asia premiere, the Manitoba Theatre will impress audience with this enchanting tabletop puppet play featuring delicate miniature puppets of five inches high under a specially designed canopied dome.

During the perforamce, the audience sits on the floor in the special tent surrounded by circle of tables on which a spectacular dollhouse-size set has been built. The audience will swivel in their places inside the tent during the exciting journey around the world through valleys and ocean beds, complete with an octopus, giant lizards and eccentric characters.

"Comet in Moominland" relates how Moomintroll and his friend Sniff discover that the peaceful Moominvalley is threatened by the imminent arrival of a fiery comet! Their journey to the Observatory in the Lonely Mountains to seek help from the Professor on how they can save the world leads to adventures both exciting and comical for Moomintroll and his fellow adventurers...

Based at The Fork's at Winnipeg, Canada, Manitoba Theatre for Young People is the most influential arts organisation with special commitment on young audience development, family attendance, social issues, education and cross-cultural understanding, playing to an audience of over 100,000 people each year. The Company has toured its productions across Canada for the past 14 years. Old Friends, winner of The Chalmers Award for Best Play for Young Audiences was mounted at the Awesome Festival in Perth, Australia.

Both the Scenic designer, William Chesney and the Artistic Director, Leslee Silverman, are fans of the Finn Moomintroll since childhood, and they thought that Tove Jansson's stories would make wonderful theatre, and discussions thus began in 1983."Comet in Moominland" is a joint creation of William Chesney, Leslee Silverman and Graham Whilehead which premiered in Winnipeg in 1990and has visited children's festivals in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Since then, the production has performed in Montreal, Toronto, Victoria, Ottawa, Philadelphia and London. The theatre was recognized for its uniquely detailed set as the Winner of the Canadian Institute of the Arts for "Young Audiences Award" in 1992.

"Comet in Moominland" will be staged at the Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall in April with Cantonese and English sessions. Details are as follows:

April 12 (Saturday) 2.30pm (Cantonese) / 7.30pm (English)

April 13 (Sunday) 2.30pm (Cantonese) / 7.30pm (Cantonese)

April 14 (Monday) 7.30pm (Cantonese)

April 18 (Friday) 2.30pm (Cantonese) / 7.30pm (English)

April 19 (Saturday) 2.30pm (Cantonese) / 5pm (English) / 7.30pm (Cantonese)

April 20 (Sunday) 2.30pm (English) / 7.30pm (Cantonese)

Tickets priced at $130 (free seating) are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Discount tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). Please check details from programme leaflets for group booking and package booking discount schemes.

For ticketing enquiries and reservations, please call 2734 9009; for programme enquiries, please call 2268 7323; for credit card telephone booking, please call 2111 5999; for internet booking, please visit www.urbtix.gov.hk. For more programme details, please visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp

Programmes of the Family Series include "Eleven Cats" by Chung Ying Theatre Company, "The World Magic Gala", "Super Kids!?" by Jumbo Kids Theatre, "Comet in Moominland" by Manitoba Theatre for Young People (Canada), Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra, "Chinese Music Dynamica Concert" by the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra and the Workshop series.

End/Friday, March 14, 2003

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