Puppetry Company, Ombres Folles, Brings the Storytelling Experience ‘Pomelo’ to Flushing Town Hall




Image courtesy Ombres Folles and Flushing Town Hall
On Dec. 1 and 2, Flushing Town Hall will host the Montreal-based puppetry and theater company, Ombre Folles, as it presents its new family performance: Pomelo.”

Without words, using puppets, shadow theater and live music, “Pomelo” tells the story of a tiny, handsome, pink elephant, born under a dandelion in a garden. With a lot of humor and sensitivity, Pomelo discovers the world around him, and the change in seasons. He experiences a shock: the arrival of autumn, then winter! In love with his garden, sad at the sight of strawberry plants collapsing, and amazed by a snowflake, Pomelo is the very embodiment of childhood.

This new production of Ombres Folles is recommended for ages 3 and up. It is an ode to nature and the cycle of the seasons, seeing things die and then be reborn, turning us upside down from one extreme to the other. “Pomelo” provides a captivating and enveloping experience for all audiences.

“Pomelo” is based on the book “Pomelo est amoureux” by Ramona Badescu and Benjamin Chaud (Illustrator).

“At Flushing Town Hall, we’re excited for the return of international touring artists and especially ‘Pomelo,’ a performance geared to the youngest of audiences and their caregivers. Adults and children alike will be charmed by tiny Pomelo and his explorations and discoveries,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall. This wordless piece is enchanting for all! It’s been proven time and time again that bringing children to the theater, whether through a school performance or for the whole family to enjoy together, powerfully inspires children’s life-long creativity, self-confidence and appreciation for others.”

During “Pomelo’s” run at Flushing Town Hall, the performance will take place for school audiences on Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. On Dec. 2, there will be a workshop with the cast and crew at 11 a.m., and performances following at 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Performance: $15 Adults / $12 Member Adults / $8 All Children
Workshop: $5 for non-members/$4 for members
For the venue’s Fall 2023 schedule, visit https://www.flushingtownhall.org/fth-presents
For those unable to attend events in person, Flushing Town Hall has launched Culture Stream. Subscriptions start at $5 per month.
“Pomelo” Cast and Crew:
Adaptation, Direction, Set Design and Interpretation: Maxime Després and Maude Gareau

Composition and Live Music: Pierre Alexandre Maranda
Lighting, Set Design and Technical Direction: Rodolphe St-Arneault
Costumes, Puppets and Accessories: Leïlah Dufour Forget
Puppets: Colin St-Cyr Duhamel
Paper Engineering and Set Design: Isabel Uria
Advisor: Olivier Monette-Milmore

Founded in 2005, the Ombres Folles company has created 8 shows and given nearly 550 performances in Canada, the United States, France, Serbia and Ukraine. The company today enjoys recognition in youth theater and puppet circles.
Ombres Folles defends a world driven by the imagination by creating shows that awaken the fanciful spirit of young and old. Committed to the development of contemporary puppetry and theater for young audiences, the company explores the intersection of genres between puppet, shadow and object theater, while probing our fears, our failings and our taboos.

With its shows, Ombres Folles offers a luminous and inventive vision of the world. By choosing stories that have a strong dramaturgy and infusing them with a good dose of poetry, humor and humanism, the company’s artists create works capable of traveling, both geographically and in the hearts of spectators.

This program is generously supported by the Jim Henson Foundation, the Québec Government Office in New York, and the Guru Krupa Foundation.