Toopy and Binoo bring theatre to tots

Live action, animation and giant screens add to colourful production

The popular television characters Toopy and Binoo are hitting the stage at the Royal Theatre

Toopy and Binoo are coming to town. If you are are wondering who they are, just ask a toddler.

The mouse Toopy and his toy cat stuffed animal Binoo, household favourites on the small screen, are coming to life at the Royal Theatre, Sept. 16 for the show Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon.

Creating a stage play from an animated television program had its challenges for Patti Caplette, the show’s writer, director and choreographer.

“We want people to expect a very imaginative, goofy and fast-paced show,” Caplette said. “Of course, the show will have the look and feel of animation and we are very aware of colour and texture to make them identifiable.”

Toopy and Binoo travel with their imaginations to various lands and go on many journeys together in their animated series shown on Treehouse TV.

In Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon, Toopy sets out to find the perfect song for the show. But finding the perfect song to sing to the children is only half the battle because he also has to search for the perfect place to sing it.

On his search, with Binoo of course, the lovable pair run into a blue cat blues band, a crooner fish, some adorable sheep, a pair of love struck dragons and many other crazy musical characters.

“Toopy can open the door and go into any land,” said Caplette, adding that animation and giant screens are incorporated into the show. “One minute they are under the sea and the next they are up in space.”

The show, which combines music, theatre, dance, puppetry and innovative multimedia technology should be a hit with the tots, but is written for members of the whole family to enjoy – including parents.

“I always produce our shows for people two to 92 (years old),” Caplette said. “We want to see grown-ups standing up and dancing. Come and let your hair down.”

The show runs 60 minutes with an intermission.

Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon is at the Royal Theatre, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tickets are $33.50 and can be bought online at rmts.bc.ca.

Just Posted

Victoria police seize over one kilo of fentanyl, guns and cars

Andrew Ritch is facing charges of drug trafficking and firearm offences

Tour de Victoria rolls through the region Saturday

Expect traffic delays across Greater Victoria on Aug. 18

Fire chief stops driving lesson to fight fire

Sooke fire concerned over second suspicious bin fire this year

UPDATE: Missing Langford teen found safe

The 13-year-old Langford boy reported missing Wednesday has been found

West Shore firefighters answer call to battle fires in north-central B.C.

Crews to help with structural fire protection in Fort St. James

B.C. wildfires 2018: Hazy skies impacting crews in spotting new fires

18,000 people are on an evacuation alert, with 3,000 homes under an evacuation order

Minister optimistic after 2 days of Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Canadian and U.S. officials met in Nelson Wednesday and Thursday to discuss future of the treaty

Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing

An independent investigation is underway after a man died while in Penticton police custody Aug. 16

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

2 nurses attacked at B.C. psych hospital, union calls for in-unit security

PHSA says that in-unit guards would do more harm than good

Former B.C. optician won’t be jailed for sexually assaulting minor

Kenneth Pilkington sentenced to 24 months’ probation for offence three decades ago

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

B.C. program to educate parents reduces ‘shaken baby syndrome’ by 35%

Period of PURPLE Crying was launched nearly a decade ago

UPDATED: Vancouver Island community under evacuation alert due to wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says steep terrain near Zeballos poses challenge as “out of control” wildfire approaches homes

Most Read