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About us:

Artistic Director/performer, Tom Vandenberg, has worked for the Muppets and has been performing live and for the camera for 36 years. In April 2001 he was awarded the Mississauga Arts Council’s prestigious Established Theatre Artist of the Year Award in a gala ceremony. (read more...)

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Testimonial...

 

It was very entertaining but also very informative, We will recommend it to other schools in our system

- Dina (teacher with unbelievably gorgeous handwriting!)

Thank you for sharing the wonder of your show with our A*** students, Thanks! All the kids at A***
Too Much Garbage. The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the show.
I particularly enjoyed your combined use of puppets and television media. It
was well done. Any opportunity to reinforce the environmental concepts of reduce,
reuse and recycle are valuable, both to our students and our society

John (teacher, natural science school)

Your show was a huge crowd pleaser

Jaqueline (senior librarian)

Thank you for putting on such a superbe performance which was so
well suited for the young audience

May (teacher)

Many parents and their children commented on your entertaining show
and all the funny characters. The children truly enjoyed the Little Red Hen
on the tractor and the real smoke. Clearly you have put much thought and effort
into planning and creating such a wonderful portrayal of real animals for your
puppet show…we look forward to seeing you and your puppet troop again

Gail (librarian

enriching, educational and fun. A**** has been rewarded bty the quality
of your presentation

Jan & Jeane (coordinators)

They were very pleased with your show & said the kids really
enjoyed it. They also mentioned that you were ‘good guys to deal with

Jennifer & John (agents)

Peace and Love

Jim Hensen (puppeteer)

Children deserve to be happy and you indeed make them so

Louise (festival organizer)

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed thanks

Olga (librarian)

your delightful presentations have become a traditional part of our
yearly Theatre Fun for Kids Program. I look forward to continuing our partnership
in providing quality entertainment for our Community

Dianne (Parks & Rec program Coordinator)

Your talents and expertise entertain, inspire and motivate your audience

Janice (conference organizer)

the performance was delightful

Laurie (librarian)

thank you for your terrific performance of Aesop’s Fables.
It was, as usual, an enjoyable presentation. Please let me know when your new
show is ready

Margaret (librarian)

Tom, They loved you

Colleen (board arts consultant)

some of the kids are still insisting that I take them down to the
room where you did the show to look for the Teddy

Rachel (teacher)

Thank you for the spectacular performance of “Bruce, the Christmas
Moose”. The program was a grand success, Both the children and adults
enjoyed your show very much, Your puppets are enchanting. Thank you once again
for a most delightful and entertaining morning, and we hope that we will have
the pleasure of a return visit

Frances (librarian)

I heard excellent comments from the other teachers. Please let me
know what you’ll be presenting next year so that we may book you again

Yvonne (teacher)

Once again, thank you so very much for a wonderful performance. The
students and teachers really enjoyed it. Hope to see you again in the future

Tina (teacher/librarian)

I am positive that the children loved the show

Lisa (librarian)

we loved the performance

“the primary division”

An excellent show! We like your puppets…We had a great time.

Miss L****’s class and Ms. V****’s class

The staff is still talking about your wonderful production &
the children are still singing the Otter’s song

Penny (teacher)

Thanks for giving us the chance to see your show. Beatrix Potter
stories are one of my favorites We enjoyed the show immensely and so did the
children who were all around us

Maureen & John (puppeteers and retired teacher/librarians)

Just wanted to call to say that you were really, really wonderful,
this morning. It was great to hear those children laughing in our chapel. We
don’t have a lot of laughing in our chapel so I think you did something
for the overall atmosphere in here and everyone was everyone was really impressed
with your performance

Patricia (funeral director by phone)

Thank you for inspiring, reminding and entertaining D**** people.
R**** from O**** and D**** from N****, both raved over your performances at
their schools – and asked me to consider doing a “central Booking”
thing again next year. Well done, Tom

Rita (teacher/librarian)

The Teachers spent almost as much time laughing as the children

newspaper review in The Review

I would like to thank you for the professional puppet presentation
you staged for my client…You were very well received considering the large
room size and the group of over 1400 people. The show was very entertaining
to me and suitable for children and adults alike

Nick (agent)

You’re a talented and professional performer

Diana (producer Muppets)

Alphabet puppet show. The whole show was magical. The children really
remember the letters and sounds! The Z song was ‘catchy’. The dove
and goldfish tricks were absolutely ‘astounding’. We loved it

Mrs C***** (teacher)

The cat puppets looked great and manipulated with skill. The show
was well received by the audience

Blair (librarian)

My kids were so excited! They told their parents all about it! Especially
Bandit (the cat)! Who is almost as funny as you! Thanks again

Lisa (teacher)

We enjoyed your puppets, your information and your songs!

Tammy (teacher)

Tom, many thanks again for a great show

Patricia (program development coordinator)

Thank you very much for presenting the “Alphabet Show”
to the students at O****. The Children loved the show ! Thank you for bringing
the alphabet to “life

Miss Y**** (teacher)

Wonderful Show

Mai (librarian)

thank you for everything you do to make MuslimFest extra special
for our youngest patrons. MuslimFest just wouldn’t be the same without
the three of you ?

Lina Rahman (Director people management)

Thanks again for an amazing party for A****

Dimitri (Dad)

Too Much Garbage” is also a “…wonderful presentation
The content and topic of (the) show were most appropriate for elementary students,
and it was professionally presented in every way…the messages…had
a great impact and will be remembered for a long time.

Bill (principal)

L**** said he liked the show and it was funny. The kids had a blast!
Take Care!

Jennifer (Mom)

Thank you!! The Children loved the show!

Darlene (Headmistress)

On sharing our feelings about your production, we really enjoyed the puppetry, learning how they work, relating to the tunes and valued the story about co-operation and helping each other. The best part was making us laugh

- Mrs. O**** (teacher)

Puppetry is an especially useful tool in today’s classrooms and libraries where children need to learn how to express their thoughts and feelings. Thank you for sharing your expertise and enthusiasm! As the delegates return to their libraries, the children will benefit from your willingness to share your ideas

- Wendy (convenor)

Our patrons thoroughly enjoyed your puppets, wacky accents and special effects. From the moment the lights went out and your Hare made his grand entrance, you had the children laughing along with you, talking and even shouting out warnings to your characters and generally having a jolly good time. I myself appreciated the fact that you made yourself available for questions after

- Karen (children’s programmer)

Your work demonstrates indisputably the therapeutic effects of laughter.
We needed that – it’s a difficult time of year! You’d better
come every year!

staff & students

My daughter loved your show and we’ll certainly recommend you

- Ellen (Mom)

it was a fantastic performance. Your puppets and the voices you used for them were wonderful. We will definitely be inviting you back to our school

- Mrs B*** (teacher)

Thank you whole-heartedly for your contribution and commitment to bringing important environmental messages to our children. Your presentation was entertaining, informative and had, I believe, the impact to leave key ideas in our thoughts for a long time. Unanimously, your visit was appreciated by the staff at M**** and the children continue to talk about the play and its messages

- Jane(teacher)

You make it very “accessible” and achievable to have the children encounter and experience culture…Our best to you as you continue to share your valued medium with the children of our land

- Beth (teacher)

The event was a great success despite the hot and humid weather and your perseverance certainly kept spirits high.

Carol (committee chair)

Nothing can compare to the wonder on the children;s faces as they looked in awe after each puppet came out and they witnesses some illusion

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