Kids and Mental Health

Kids and Mental Health

How music and theatre can help little people deal with big feelings

Mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, are a growing challenge for young people. Going to the theatre can be an important tool in helping them understand and deal with their feelings. At Platypus Theatre we take seriously the responsibility of presenting positive ...

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New Video for Presto, Mambo!

Check out the music, the story and the action from our newest show, the Latin-music themed Presto, Mambo!

Thank you for an Incredible 25th Anniversary Season

Thank you for an Incredible 25th Anniversary Season

To celebrate our momentous 25th anniversary season we've created a scrapbook with some of our favourite moments from the year. And what a momentous year it was! From premiering a brand new show that was commissioned by four of our long-time orchestra partners, to travelling the globe and performing for thousands of young audience ...

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Young Audiences explore music and rhythms of Latin America in Ottawa

Mambo, samba and music from the Americas gets audiences on their feet in this unique orchestral concert experience.

OTTAWA, June 5, 2015 - On Saturday, June 6, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by Alain Trudel, and Platypus Theatre will present the Latin Beats, Heroic Feats! as part of the Young People's Concert Series. The ...

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What to expect when working with Platypus Theatre

During the 25 years we’ve been working with amazing orchestras and ensembles, we’ve put on shows in venues of all sizes and capabilities. From concert halls big and small, to theatres and libraries and a myriad other settings, we’ve worked with technical set-ups from state of the art “everything-digital” to school gymnasiums ...

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Presenting Big Shows on Small Budgets


How do you take a big orchestra production and tour it to schools? How do you present a thoroughly engaging family or education concert on a small budget?  Did you know that some of Platypus Theatre’s most popular shows also have arrangements for reduced orchestras and ...

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The Making of Max, Mambo and La Bruja

Not only do our three lovable characters in Presto, Mambo! dance, sing and lead audiences on a great adventure, they also look fantastic on stage. And it's no wonder, because it took some amazing artists months of work to get them ready. Check out some of the steps that went into the making of ...

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Presto, Mambo!

Presto, Mambo!

The Creation of a One-of-a-Kind Production for Young Audiences

With our new show, Platypus Theatre takes on a whole new world of exciting classical music: the sounds of Latin America! Our productions have always involved the audience in meaningful ways, but Presto, Mambo! takes audience participation to new heights with concert-goers singing, creating rhythms and ...

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Happy Holidays from Platypus Theatre!

The Gimquat, the duck and grandfather from Peter and the Wolf, the Monster from Emily Saves the Orchestra and our Artistic Director Peter Duschenes tumble, spin and fly down the hill in a race to bring you holiday greetings.

Platypus Theatre's Artistic Director Wins Prestigious Award



Platypus Theatre is pleased to announce that Co-Founder and Artistic Director Peter Duschenes is a recipient of a 2015 Chalmers Arts Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. Duschenes will travel across Europe and North America working with some of the world’s most respected musicians, puppeteers and storytellers to research new models for interactive audience ...

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