Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Capitol Theatre and Bumblebee Toys Entertain the Kids of the Kootenays

Yo Ho Ho, it's off to the Capitol Kids Series we go!

Nelson BC – The Capitol Theatre joins with to offer a fun giveaway for young theatre goers attending shows for the Capitol Kids Series.  Bumblebee Toys is generously donating two large wooden Venture Pirate Ships valued at $200 each to be given away live during the Capitol Kids Series this 2010/11 season.

Every year The Capitol Theatre brings in talented diverse groups that inspire the imagination of the Kids of the Kootenays.  The Theatre has been bringing generations of families spirited live entertainment that have inspired and help culture our community.  This year The Kids Series is hosting a buffet of fun and excitement for everyone.  The adventure starts with The Story of Esther by Major Conrad Flapps, then to the International Magic of ¿Qué Bolá? from Cuba, Flyn’ Bob swings in with his One Man Three Ring Circus and the series ends with a wonderful interpretation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Kathryn Popham.  This year the series has something of inspiration for everyone.

To add more excitement for the Kids Series, has donated two wooden interactive Venture Ships to be awarded live throughout the series to a lucky theatre goer. has a mission to inspire the imagination and nourish the senses.  That is why they teamed up with the Capitol Theatre and their quest to enrich the imagination and minds of children through live entertainment.

“We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful cultural opportunity with the diverse events featured at the Capitol Theatre Kids Series,” Quotes Neil Harrower Executive Director. “It takes a village to raise a child and we are excited to do our part by providing live entertainment opportunities to youth and young families.”

To find out more about The Capitol Kids Series and get tickets go online at or call 250.352.6363 and when you go to the show keep a look out for your chance to win one of two Venture Ships from  See you at the Theatre!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Roald Dahl and his very strong feelings

I'm reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my 7 year old daughter again for the 4th time, and I'm always amazed and in admiration of the sociatal commentary that Roald Dahl subtly (and not so subtly) interjects.

My child is in Waldorf school, where media isn't much supported (for her age group particularly).  I know most students there watch some TV or shows, but many parents, like me, cut way back during the school year.  At our house, she's only allowed to watch shows on the weekend.  And she doesn't watch television, we don't even have reception.  So it's always funny to me (who was RAISED on TV) that she doesn't know what a commercial is.
Nonetheless, in the summer time it can get a little out of control, and like candy, once it's given to her, she starts craving shows.  The more she watches, the more she wants to watch.
During the school year, she almost forgets that she's allowed to watch something on the weekends.

Like right now.  It's Friday, she's home from school, and she wants to go rake the leaves up in the yard, after just finishing playing with her dolls.

Which for me is refreshing.

So last night as we were reading, I got to the chapter about Mike Teavee.  Poor poor Mike Teavee.  He's  an extreme character in the book (as are all the children really).  I don't know anyone that lets their child watch as much as Mike does.  Although I'm sure they exist out there.

So, with a very respectful nod to the brilliant Roald Dahl, I give to you the Oompa Loompa song just for Mike, when he miniaturizes himself in the Wonkavision Testing Room:


"The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set–
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotized by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all the shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink–
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What used the darling ones to do?
'How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
THEY...USED...TO...READ! They'd READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic takes
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching 'round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it's Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy–Winkle and–
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How The Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There's Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole–
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks–
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something good to read.
And once they start–oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hears. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.
P.S. Regarding Mike Teavee,
We very much regret that we
Shall simply have to wait and see
If we can get him back his height.
But if we can't–it serves him right."

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