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Puppets, Paper & Pizza


What inspires local artists? What are their secret indulgences? These are just two of the questions we asked Pape & Taper Productions, who are our second group to perform in the program NEXT STAGE, with a satirical and macabre style puppet show in the Studio.

Describe your Performance 

Timmy and Tommy are two ordinary kids from un-extraordinary town who find themselves thrown into the mysterious world of the haunted Barrington Hotel when a game of catch goes wrong. Original songs, puppetry, ghosts and a surprisingly helpful bellhop guide Timmy and Tommy through the complexities of life, death and grief. Originally premiering at the 2017 International Festival of Animated Objects, Timmy, Tommy & the Haunted Hotel also appeared in the Edmonton and Regina Fringe Festivals. The whole team is thrilled to workshop and change the show through Theatre Junction’s Next Stage Program.

What inspired you to create Pape & Taper Productions?

Pape & Taper Productions came to fruition after a late night puppet-building expedition. Through a tired mix-up of the words ‘tape and paper’, Pape & Taper came into existence. Ali DeRegt and Kathryn Smith were eager to try their hand at puppetry and in 2014, the two women had the opportunity to create their first show Goblin Market based on the poem by Christina Rossetti. After that point, puppetry snowballed for Ali and Kathryn. Through cabaret pieces, the Calgary’s International Festival of Animated Objects and Regina’s International Puppet Underground Film Festival, Pape & Taper found its legs as an indie puppet company in Calgary. Timmy, Tommy & the Haunted Hotel is Ali and Kathryn’s second full-length original production and has been in the making since January 2015.

What’s your favourite thing about Calgary?

Kathryn: The majority of my family and close friends live here, so I’m biased, but they’re all pretty cool. The folk music community has been very welcoming in Calgary, and the National Music Centre is gorgeous, but I’d have to say it’s the sunsets in this city that can’t be beat. There’s also a really big husky dog that hangs out on Stephen Avenue. I love him.

Ali: Chinooks, seeing the mountains and our charming household that we lovingly call ‘BoatHaus’. And the puppet community is pretty awesome.

What’s your favourite song?

Kathryn: From life: I can’t pick just one but in this exact moment it’s Man by Neko Case. From our show: Checking Out.

Ali: From life: The Origin of Love by Hedwig and the Angry Inch. From our show: Checking Out.

What’s your secret indulgence?

Kathryn: Domino’s pizza

Ali: Domino’s pizza

You can catch Pape & Taper Productions in the Studio at the GRAND from December 14 – 17. Thursday- Saturday evening performances are $20 and the Sunday matinee is Pay What You Can.