Odyssey Theatre has Something for Everyone!

| July 3, 2014 | 5 Comments


Wind in the Willows blows in to Strathcona Park

Odyssey’s Theatre Under the Stars is not just for adults. To accompany their main show, The Financier (Turcaret), there are youth matinees for kids and/or kids at heart. This year Odyssey Theatre presents The Wind in the Willows by Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre.

We catch up with founder Kathy MacLellan from Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre to find out about this classic children’s tale originally written by Kenneth Grahame.

Q: Tell us a little about The Wind in the Willows

Willow trees are often found at the edge of rivers, and this story is about the little creatures who live along the edge of one river – the river, as they like to call it. The four friends stand up to bullies, rescue a baby otter, and learn how to listen to what the wind whispers in the willows, all along the river.

Q: Can you sum up the characters in a sentence?


Mr. Mole lives alone in his dark and lowly little hole until one day he discovers spring – and the river – and meets Rat.


Polite and generous Mr. Rat lives in a bijou riverside residence. He offers to teach Mole how to row and swim and all the joys of running water.


Loveable, incorrigible Mr. Toad’s adventures have dangerous consequences, but he can’t help it – he’s just high-spirited and too enthusiastic.


Mr. Badger doesn’t like company or invitations or social gatherings, but all the other animals respect him.

Q: Tell us about the educational aspect of the show. 

It encourages kids to read, write, value friendship, and love nature.

Q: If you could pick a favourite line from the show what would it be?

“A boat ride? What a wonderful day I’m having!” Mole says this to Rat on the day they first meet, and to me it captures the joy and fun of the whole story.

Performances take place in Strathcona Park, August 6 and August 13 at 11am and 1pm. In event of bad weather the location changes to All Saints Anglican Church -315 Chapel St.. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. Tickets cost $5 for children and $10 for adults.

The Financier (Turcaret) takes place from July 24 – August 24, Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm. Tickets range from $9 – $24. Take a look for special group discounts, picnic and show offers and more!

For more information, please visit Odyssey Theatre website.


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  1. Brenda A says:

    I love outdoor theatre! It feels just so authentic and with the real wind blowing for Wind in the Willow it will be perfect! The kids will love it and matinees are a great idea.

  2. Laurie P says:

    We’ve never seen any outdoor theatre. Wind in the Willow looks like a great performance. One of the things I miss most about living in the city is the variety of shows/performances/activities for kids.

  3. KD says:

    I’m reading this book to my daughter right now. It would be great to see it live!

  4. Jeanne says:

    The dates of the performances of The Wind in the Willows specified in this article are wrong.

    Please view the Odyssey Theatre site at:

    The actual dates are:
    August 6th and 13th
    at 11 am and 1 pm.

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