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Canadian puppet show "The Star Keeper" coming to HK


Canada's renowned Theatre de l'Oeil is bringing its enchanting puppet show, "The Star Keeper" to Hong Kong in December.

The show, part the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Cheers! Series, will run from December 23 to 26 (Tuesday to Friday) at 8pm and December 25 to 26 (Thursday to Friday) at 3pm at the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre.

With no dialogue, the show combines visual poetry, music and fantasy by mixing marionettes, rod and shadow puppets.

The story begins when Pierrot, trying to light up the evening sky, accidentally lets a star fall. Luckily, the friendly worm, Pretzel, happens to be passing by and puts the star into his basket - and so begins his perilous journey. To return the star to the sky, Pretzel must climb a spider's thread, cross the dormitory of dreams, dive to the ocean depths in pursuit of a pearl-fish, and resist the bewitching charms of the bubble tamer. Audiences will have to find out for themselves whether Pretzel can fulfil his mission.

Since its premiere at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 1997, "The Star Keeper" has been presented over 400 times at festivals and venues in Canada and abroad. It has also received three awards from l'Academie Quebecoise du Theatre, including the Best Production for Young Audiences Award, Best Set Design Award and Special Contribution Award in 1999; and Chalmers Canadian Play Award: Theatre for Young Audiences in 2001.

Theatre de l'Oeil has created and performed 21 original puppet shows since 1973. Every production has provided an opportunity to develop new puppet-making and operating techniques, as well as playwriting and set design specifically for puppets. Each play is intended to stimulate young peoples' senses as well as to entertain them.

Tickets priced at $150 and $100 are available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are offered to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis).

For purchases of full-price tickets, the following discounts apply: four to nine tickets, 10%; 10-19 tickets, 15%; 20 tickets or more, 20%. For purchases of Cheers! Series tickets, the following discounts apply: two different programmes, 10%; three different programmes, 15%; four or more different programmes, 20% (except the Workshops Series). A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

Other programmes in the Cheers! Series are: "Chinese Music for Families" by The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra; "The Nutcracker" by the Hong Kong Ballet (sponsor programme); Hong Kong Oratorio Society Christmas Concert 2003 (sponsor programme); "The Snowman and The Bear" by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; "The Sound of Movies" by the China Film Philharmonic; "Dragon Mirage" by the Shengyang Acrobatic Troupe of China; and the Workshops Series.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999. For more information visit

Ends/Wednesday, October 29, 2003

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