Timmy, Tommy & the Haunted Hotel at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Timmy, Tommy & the Haunted Hotel. Photo credit: Sean Dennie

Timmy, Tommy & the Haunted Hotel by Ali DeRegt and Kathryn Smith
August 19, 21 – 23, 25, 27 at Venue #5: King Edward Elementary School

An interview with Kathryn Smith.

Describe your show in one sentence.

Dark comedy puppet musical extravaganza.

Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description of your show?

When sisters Timmy and Tommy find themselves trapped inside the haunted Barrington Hotel during a game of catch, they must rely on the help of the ghostly inhabitants to defeat the vengeful manager and get home in time for dinner. A new play about death, change, and growing up, Timmy and Tommy brings new flavour to musicals and
puppetry using satire and a macabre style.

When I think of puppetry, “dark comedy” is probably one of the last things I’d associate with the genre. Why does the puppetry format work for telling the story of Timmy, Tommy & The Haunted Hotel?

For Timmy, Tommy, & the Haunted Hotel, puppetry allows us to explore the more graphic humour and intense themes that are in our show freely. Puppets are classically used as a way to exploit the human experience. Audiences feel they can laugh at death and heartbreak easily if it’s happening to a puppet!

What do you love about working with puppets? What would you say to any adults who are unsure about attending a puppet show?

Our team loves puppets for the simple magic they provide. They can convey thoughts and feelings similar to “live” actors, but aren’t bound by the limitations of being, well, human. And for anyone hesitant to attend: puppets are FUN. It’s a little piece of magic you can take with you, and something you won’t find anywhere else. It’s an experience that has to be seen live.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

All the puppets are handmade, all the music is original, and our whole team are just the nicest kids in town.

The 36th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 17 – 27. Get your tickets starting tomorrow – August 9 – at tickets.fringetheatre.ca .

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