‘Great Big Show’ for kids

The Cowichan Theatre has lined up a children’s event for next spring, and tickets would make grand Christmas presents for a family you know.

The Cowichan Theatre has lined up a super children’s event for next spring, and tickets would make grand Christmas presents for a family you know.

The Backyardigans, Max & Ruby, Franklin the Turtle and Mike the Knight will all be onstage at the Cowichan Theatre Wednesday, March 23.

Tickets went on sale Friday, Oct. 16 at the Cowichan Ticket Centre.

This new live, interactive and family-friendly stage show is the first-ever live family theatrical tour that features lovable and endearing characters from four of the top-rated preschool shows on television today.

Who wouldn’t want to take the kids to see Franklin the Turtle — a Canadian icon in children’s entertainment for more than 20 years — as well as The Backyardigans, Max & Ruby and Mike the Knight? The all star cast comes to life on stage performing original, interactive songs for families throughout Canada.

Patti Caplette, Koba Entertainment’s award-winning, producing artistic director, is delighted with this new show.

“My challenge is to design each quadrant of The Great Big Show as a different unique adventure, whether it’s travelling the south seas with The Backyardigans, partying with Max & Ruby, guessing riddles with Franklin the Turtle or discovering chivalrous talents with Mike the Knight. My passion is to bring families, young and old, to the theatre — the world’s greatest of all art forms,” she said in announcing the Canada-wide tour recently.

Adapting iconic characters from the animated screen to the live stage is a professional challenge but Koba’s team has proved themselves before.

“With more than 25 costume and character changes, this mega-production promises to keep the entire cast, crew and audiences on their toes,” Caplette said.

To buy tickets, go to cowichanpac.ca and click on the Plan Your Visit tab or call the Cowichan Ticket Centre at 250-748-7529.