Cinderella in Muddy York – School Touring

It’s nice to know that gentle, intelligent children’s shows like this still exist.        Globe & Mail

October and November 2013

Optimized-STEP SISTERS AND MOTHER David Powell in Puppetmongers' Cinderella in Muddy York, photo by Dahlia Katz (1)

For Grades K to 8

Mixed grade audience maximum 250 Primary students only maximum 200

45 minutes, plus additional post-performance Q & A.

More information and booking: Mariposa In The Schools (MITS) 416-462-9400      Limited subsidy is available: contact MITS early.


The much loved classic tale is reset in 1830’s Upper Canada, just as “Muddy” York is to be renamed Toronto, and where the very Canadian Cinderella is expected to cater to every whim of her recently immigrated stepmother and sisters.  Cinderella in Muddy York is performed with rod marionettes that interact with actors, an amazing transforming set, delightful special effects, and meticulous attention to historical accuracy depicting pioneer life and early Canadian society. This Puppetmongers show provokes both learning and laughter.


“It was the best performance for students I have seen in 25 years of teaching.  Your play was a superb historical “lesson” combined with a well-loved fairy tale; your sets were intricate, fascinating and interestingly complex; the way you mixed the puppets in with your own roles made it feel like we were watching a cast of thousands and your performance was flawless. You kept everyone from 9 years old to us adults enthralled… you are awesome performers who have lit a spark in many a heart today.”     Grade 4 teacher, Charles Howitt P.S.


Curriculum Connections:  Social Studies and History, Language Arts, Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts.

Character Education:  Empathy, Kindness and Respect.

Sample Drama Expectation:  Express personal responses and make connections to characters, themes and issues presented in drama works (B2, 1, grade 4).


Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry – l’Union International de la Marionette- USA.

Dora Mavor Moore Award Noninations – Outstanding Production and Best Actor in Theatre for Young Audiences.


Technical requirements:

  • Performing area: 6m wide x 6m deep x 3.3m ceiling
  • Cannot be performed on a carpeted floor.
  • Set-up time: 90 minutes.   Load-out time: 90 minutes
  • Total time in the venue is 4 hours.
  • We bring sound and lighting equipment, requiring one standard 120 volt outlet.
  • Please note that the show works best in a darkened venue.
  • Personnel:  2 performers





For information and to book contact

Mariposa In The Schools (MITS) at 416-462-9400

 *Limited subsidy is available: contact MITS early*


Puppetmongers are also available for in-class puppetry workshops.                     Inquiries to Ann Powell at     416-538-6210


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