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The Tooth Fairy features puppets and fun for all ages

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New West Theatre ends their season May 5-8 with  an unusual show from the Old Trout Puppet Workshop in the Yates Theatre.The Tooth Fairy runs May 5-8 at the Yates.
Old Trout Puppet Workshop is a Calgary based group which produces plays prominently featuring puppets. The group tour across Canada and the world.
 Their latest production, ‘The Tooth Fairy’ happened to be the right play at the right time.
“They are a company that  does plays that feature puppets. But it’s not just a puppet show. These are intricate wood carved puppets as well as live actors, ” said Jeremy Mason, New West Theatre General manager.
“It’s recommended for ages seven and up. It really appeals to all ages. Young people and adults  can  get different levels of appreciation of it. It’s quite phenomenal. It has a very different quirky sort of style,” Mason continued.
“It’s about a young girl who  goes looking for the Tooth Fairy. And basically the Tooth Fairy takes all of the young kids’ teeth and gives them to elderly people who  are losing their teeth,” he described.
“There are lots of laugh out loud moments as well as some really tender moments because the girl has a really strong connection to her grandfather,” he said adding  the group  always intended to bring in an outside production to end their twentieth season.
“We had always intended to bring in a play to end the season, but we couldn’t decide which one. Then artistic director Nicholas (Hansen) was at a play in Calgary and the guy sitting next to him was the producer of this production which was going to be touring in out area at that time. So it ended up being the right play at the right time,” he said adding lots of local schools have already booked  tickets for the matinee performances.
“So this is our way of giving back to them,” Mason continued.
The play  runs at noon and 7 p.m., on Wednesday and Thursday and at 7 p.m. May 7 plus 1 p.m.and 7 p.m. on May 8.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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