Puppets and song coming to town


by Morinville News Staff

Children’s entertainers Peter and Mary will perform at the Morinville Community Library Aug. 6. The couple promises to combine ventriloquist puppetry, magic, and loads of live music into their hour-long Eureka show, pulling from a repertoire of approximately 3,500 original and cover songs and working in plenty of elements that will amaze their audience.

“The theme for libraries this year is Eureka, so there will be plenty of things to amaze and delight young children,” said Peter Jansen, the Peter half of Peter and Mary. “Involvement with the children is the key aspect of this and all our performances, and we look forward so much to our appearance in Morinville.”

pm2fullPeter and Mary have had a busy summer thus far. They performed 30 shows with Thomas the Tank Engine in Calgary, have done two shows for the Valley Zoo and two for the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, performed Fort Edmonton Park’s grand opening, and just returned from the Junior Forest Wardens of Canada’s National Camp in Meadow Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan.

Starting with successful independent careers in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, the duo went on to build a career playing festivals, trade fairs, community concerts, conventions, major resort hotels, and even cruise-ships. The couple have also released two CDs: Flying High for Kids, and Sweet Rocky Mountains.

Avid environmentalists for the past 15 years, Peter and Mary have included that message in their musical school shows themed to Canadian history and environmental friendliness. “One of our songs is called ‘Kindness’, and talks about the 3 Ks – kindness to the planet, kindness to each other, and kindness to oneself (also very important),” Jansen said. “This would be the philosophy we bring to this show, and to life in general. For many years we coordinated the Earth Day Festival in Edmonton and try to bring the principles of treading a little lighter on the Earth to every single thing we can.”

Peter and Mary’s Eureka Show show takes place Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free for those registered with the Summer Reading Program, $3 for those who are not registered. Preregister for the show by Aug. 4 is required.

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