The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Tears of Joy Theatre’s production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on Sunday, January 26th at 2:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

Two very enthusiastic Jules Verne fans tell the story of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea like it’s never been told before. This is a fun, family-friendly adaptation of the Jules Verne classic. This production features some of the most exciting scenes from the book combined with humor with the science and technology imagined by Verne. Hold your breath and submerge yourself in Tears of Joy Theatre’s underwater adventure!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is one of the most exciting productions we’ve ever built,” says Artistic Director Nancy Aldrich. “Captain Nemo and Professor Aronnax visit Antarctica, witness amazing sea life, survive an attack from a giant squid, and discover the lost city of Atlantis.”

Aesthetically, designer Jason Miranda embraced the steampunk genre for the designs, modeling the Nautilus and the costumes of the puppets in a Victorian style with prominent gears and mechanisms. “Tears of Joy Theatre has always been great at showing how things work” adds Miranda. “The puppeteers are thrilled to show you how they operate the sets and puppets. It encourages learning and discovery. You’re seeing what makes it move.”

Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of North America’s outstanding puppet theatres, known internationally for its innovation and excellence. They received a Washington State Governor’s Arts Award and a Young Audiences Sunburst Award for “exemplary commitment to arts in education.” Four of the theatre’s productions have received American puppetry’s highest honor, The Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, from UNIMA-USA. Portland Magazine named Tears of Joy Theatre “Best Kids Theatre – 2012”.

This all new production was written by Jon Ludwig, Artistic Director of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, directed by Tears of Joy Theatre’s Artistic Director Nancy Aldrich, designed by area artist Jason Miranda and features original music by Richard Emmet, former assistant to Frank Zappa.

Tickets for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea are just $12 each and can be purchased through the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or online at www.ticketseller.ca.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: TD Financial Group, Silver Star Motel, Nixon Wenger, Tim Hortons, the Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the North Okanagan Regional District, and the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

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