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Pooh Corner Comes Alive

Jan 29, 2015

winnie the pooh, pooh corner, gplt, grande prairie live theatre, house at pooh cornerIn 1914, a man named Harry Colebourn bought himself an orphaned baby bear in White River, Ontario for $20. He named her Winnipeg, after the town where he had grown up. Eventually he donated that bear to the London Zoo.

Thankfully, the London Zoo took the bear in because if they hadn't, one Alan Alexander Milne would not have been able to take his son Christopher Robin to see that bear, and the world would have been deprived of the wonderful tales of Winnipeg the Bear, A.K.A. Winnie the Pooh.

August 2014 was the 100-year anniversary of the most famous bear in the world; a bear that has brought countless joy to the hearts of children and adults the world over. In addition to the two original books of Pooh stories, there have been innumerable adaptations, collections, and animated films. One such adaptation of the second volume of Winnie the Pooh stories, The House at Pooh Corner is the live theatre production that the Grande Prairie Live Theatre (GPLT) is putting on until February 1.

The GPLT production features a young cast of actors between the ages of six to 17. Most of these young actors have been introduced to theatre through the GPLT’s summer drama camps and were eager to be involved. In fact, so many auditioned that director Brandon Carpenter added five roles to the cast so everyone would be able to participate.

There are 17 cast members in total. Eden Hatch plays Winnie the Pooh, Maya Casey is Piglet, Celine Erickson is Tigger and Nicholas McCullough is playing Eeyore. The part of Christopher Robin is being portrayed by Dylan Cyre. They opened to a sold-out show on January 16and attendance has been strong ever since.

Whether you have kids to take along or not, it’s well worth experiencing the magic of Pooh Corner coming alive. You’ll also get to see some amazing young talent at the same time. The show ends this Sunday so you better hurry if you don’t want to miss out!

To learn more about The House at Pooh Corner check out the event listing.

Sources:
2014, August 24) Winnie the Pooh saga turns 100 years old. CBC News. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca
Huffman, A. (2015, January 8) Winnie-the-Pooh and friends take the stage. Daily Herald Tribune. Retrieved from http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/

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