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STC | FirstOntario PAC | Shadow Puppet Virtual Performance | Waterwood Theatre | Part 3 of 3


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St. Catharines, ON



Offered in English.




Discover the magical world of shadow puppets and learn to make your own!

In this special Culture Days presentation, Waterwood Theatre will share two instructional videos on the making and use of shadow puppets that will be shared before their event. These family-friendly activities will provide steps to make your own. PLEASE NOTE: These activities require supervision by a responsible adult to assist with cutting cardboard with a knife and plugging in household lighting.

We invite children of any age to delight in making puppets and telling stories using a screen and a light.

Downloadable puppet patterns here:

As a culmination of these activities, Waterwood Theatre will present two five minute shadow puppet pieces as well as host a sharing of their creative ideas and a short question and answer period.

Live-stream presentation Thursday, October 15

Presented with the Support of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

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Karen Waterman is Co-Artistic Director of Waterwood Theatre Projects. Karen has toured the world as a mime and mask performer with Theatre Beyond Words and the Paul Gaulin Mime Company. She danced onstage with Liberace as part of the Famous People Players at the Las Vegas Hilton. Karen taught the Arts at Bloorview School Authority for many years. She has also been a Drama Instructor at the University of Windsor and the University of Waterloo. Her educational articles have been used as teaching tools for Faculties of Education across the country.

Dan Wood is Co Artistic Director, of Waterwood Theatre and has created and performed shows across Canada in theatres and schools. Co-creator of Dudley the Dragon. Dan has also worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for more than 20 years in technical production, staging and special effects. Highlights include - Rick Mercer Report, Dragon’s Den, News, Film and Sports. Dan works as a Production Manager for Ontario Presents organizing showcases for touring professional performing artists. Film credits include Art Director on Running Home a feature film directed by Zoe Hopkinns shot on location in OSHWEKEN, ON

Mike Enns is a self-taught St. Catharines filmmaker who has gained experience working professionally for YMCA Canada, Wellspring Niagara, the Niagara Health System, the Ontario Public School Board, Twenty Valley Tourism and TD Bank. Mike received the Emerging Artist Award - 2015 City of St. Catharines Art Awards RBC Emerging Artist Award - 2014 Niagara Integrated Film Festival His film creations include: Restrung - Feature Documentary Film

Niagara Integrated Film Festival, World Premiere, June 2014 He has been involved in Community Arts through In the Soil Arts Festival Volunteer Filming, Niagara Integrated Film Festival - Volunteer Technical Coordinator.


FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre


Waterwood Theatre is a touring Theatre for Young Audience company that has produced 14 original puppet theatre productions that have toured across Canada. The company has reached an audience of hundreds of thousands of children in schools, theatres and festivals. Waterwood has produced shows such as We Otter Save Wetlands, The Conserving Kingdom and A Mountain of Garbage promoting environmental education. Mouse Tales, Tales From An Empty Fridge and O is for Ogre promoted literacy, empathy and fun.

Waterwood also offers workshops on puppetry, script development and puppet making.


Opening its doors in fall 2015, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a 95,000 square foot academic and cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues. The Centre has been a vital component in the renaissance of St. Catharines, serving as the catalyst in thoroughly modernizing the area and reinforcing the brilliance of Niagara Region’s diverse cultural cluster.

Each year the Centre presents Culture Days activities for the Community in partnership with the City of St. Catharines Cultural Services Office, local organizations and artists.

In 2020, Due to COVID, the PAC has initiated a series of digital performances the #NIAGARAPERFORMS series and is pleased to offer feature digital performative experiences during Culture Days.

For a complete listing of all culture days activities in St. Catharines please visit:


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FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre St. Catharines, ON

THE FIRSTONTARIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Opening its doors in fall 2015, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is an academic and cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues. The Centre has been a vital componen...