It can be tough finding ways to keep kids entertained and occupied after weeks of self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a Calgary theatre company is hoping to help with some free, fun videos on social media.
They are all about making kids laugh and teaching them new things, like how to juggle.
Gustavo the Impossibilist, one of the most beloved, longtime characters with Calgary’s Green Fools Theatre, is the star in front of the camera. He has been a touring street and theatre performer for 25 years and has taken his act around the world.
While he is all about getting laughs, he reached out to kids for their COVID-19 questions and answered them in a way they understand for the first video.
The theatre company prides itself on being a socially conscious, interactive group that focuses on kids and their well-being. The goal for these videos is to help kids through the pandemic while having a little fun.
“This kind of experience where you have to close everybody in and you can’t go to school and see your friends and you can’t socialize with your friends — this is traumatic, this is trauma,” Green Fools artistic director Dean Bareham said.
“We want to help with easing that anxiety. We can do that. Gustavo makes people laugh.”
Times haven’t been easy for the theatre company either. It is now down to a two-person operation: the artistic director and general manager. Like many small businesses, the company had to lay off all staff. All upcoming festival shows have been cancelled.
Now, the videos keep the pair busy.
“We just want to give back any way we can and if it’s just a bit of levity, that’s great,” Bareham said.
While the videos are all free, the theatre group, which is also a non-profit charity, is accepting donations online.View link »