Children’s Series

Children'sSeriesLogo_noTypeEvery July and August The Colonial’s Summer Children’s Series provides a weekly dose of music, mayhem, magic and more and is anchored on alternate weeks by The Weathervane Theatre’s Patchwork Players. Come enjoy the fun!

Wednesdays at 11 am. All tickets $6 at the door.  Group discounts available, please call for information.

Sponsored by Garnet Hill


July 5     Patchwork Players: Pop Rock Fairytale – A Musical Recess

Book, Music, Lyrics by Jacques Stewart

Told by ten kids who cannot wait for their summer break to begin! (Sound familiar?) With energy and enthusiasm, we follow them as they sing and romp their way through those last when-will-it-ever end days of school; from homeroom to rally to a surprise Fairy Tale contest.

July 12   Leland Faulkner: World of Wonder

World of Wonder is a live performance that transports audiences into their imagination. Leland Faulkner is a master theatre artist, and his program, World of Wonder, shares engaging stories full of magic and imagination that leap off the stage to create unique experiences that promote tolerance, respect, and amazement. Leland has presented performances to audiences around world, performing in theaters, schools, and festivals all over the U.S, Canada, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, Thailand, Russia, and Turkey.




July 19   Patchwork Players: Anne of Green Gables, A Classic Story Musical

Adapted by Jacques Stewart and Maia Matsushita; reimagined Country-Folk-Rock musical

The enchanting children’s story set in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island surprises and captivates when the childless Cuthberts get more than they bargained for with the adoption of not the boy they expected but a red-haired, freckled girl arrives.  Enjoy this stylish and updated brand new and musical retelling.

July 26   The Hoopoe Show

Mirth, Mime and Magic with Chris ‘Hoopoe’ Yerlig

In his show Chris blends silent pantomime comedy, movement illusions, sleight of hand magic tricks and balloon wizardry, to create an original vaudeville show that is funny, imaginative and full of surprises. The unexpected is to be expected when audience volunteers are invited to join him on stage to assist with illusions. Young and old unite through laughter as they follow the non-verbal antics of this unique performer to their humorous ends. Don’t be fooled by anyone else!

Chris Yerlig, an English native, began performing mime shows in France and Spain. Now residing in the U.S., he has been an actor/teacher for ten years with Enchanted Circle Children’s Theater of Holyoke MA, and performed with Circus America at the Olympic Games in Georgia. In Vermont, Chris’s work has been seen at the Brattleboro Strolling of the Heifers, the Pettee Library in Wilmington, the Barre Heritage Festival, Addison County Field Days, and at ‘Puppets in Paradise’ for Sandglass Theater in Putney.

Chris’s work has taken him around the world too: he performed at the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Japan, and at the Kimtom International Clown Festival in Shanghai, China. Since 1995 he has worked with Project Troubador, performing in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Morocco, Cameroon, Benin and Bangladesh. Since 2009 he has worked with Magicians Without Borders in El Salvador, Guatemala and India, performing in schools, orphanages and hospitals as well as and teaching mime to at-risk youth. For Clowns Without Borders he has organized and led clown tours to Haiti, where he performs regularly and is involved with the support of an orphanage of 40 children.

Aug. 2    PatchworkPlayers: The Mark of Zorro, A Hip Hop Adventure

Book, Music, Lyrics by Jacques Stewart

The original masked crime fighter, Zorro, made his first appearance in a 1919 fiction – and joins us here in a high energy, hip hop musical adventure.  The popularity of his heroic exploits crosses appeals in all cultures, and the razor-sharp sword and wit set to contemporary Latin-style music endures.  Meet Zorro, bumbling Sgt. Gonzales, a mysterious Senorita and more.

Aug. 9    Modern Times Theatre Presents “The Perils of Mr. Punch”

“The Perils of Mr. Punch” follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch. This is hand-puppetry at its best in a style that has entertained children for centuries. The show includes a two-person orchestra, specializing in early jazz music and American folk songs played on the cornet, ukulele, upright bass, and bicycle pump.

It addition to the puppet show, the show also features live music, classic jokes and gags, and audience participation. Through mastering the thoroughly modern mediums of pantomime, puppetry and novelty music, husband and wife performers Justin Lander and Rose Friedman delight crowds with a fresh take on the entertainment styles of the past. Parents themselves, Friedman and Lander strive to present high quality entertainment for the whole family. They also produce and perform in Vermont Vaudeville, a full-scale professional variety show.

Aug. 16  PatchworkPlayers: Story Jam!

A compilation of material from multiple authors and composers

“Slam” style stories are fun – and this one offers tales told in song and dance. Part competition, part variety show, expect an energetic performance featuring themes from a diverse collection of authors and composers… and audience participation, too!