Recital Archive

Miss Grumble’s Fantastic Wowza 2013
How to Eat an Avalanche 2012
Some Kind of Luck Petunia 2011
A Gift for the Nurse of the Sky 2010
How the Bravo Kids Found Their Magic (and Jealousy Got Squished) 2009
The Bottom Line on a Most Unusual Royal Dinner 2008
Herman Worms His Way 2007
The Big Mood (du mal humeur) 2006
The Big Bug of Miss Media 2005
The Tale of all Tails 2004
The Legend of Pirate Potato - The Real Story 2003
A Silver Lining 2002
Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando 2001
In a Kingdom Far Away 2000
Our Story of Jean 1999
Spring Recital 1998

program cover of Miss Grumble’s Fantastic Wowza, 2013 year end recital at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Miss Grumble’s Fantastic Wowza

dancers backstage at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Every young dancer is excited to be part of Miss Grumble’s Fantastic Wowza, even though it’s hard to explain exactly what is a wowza. But one performer misplaces her mother’s cell phone during dress rehearsal and finds herself lost backstage, alone with years of stored props, costumes and theatrical wonders.

program cover of How to Eat an Avalanche, 2012 year end recital at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts dancers perform in year end recital, How to Eat an Avalanche

How to Eat an Avalanche

The recital title is used with the kind permission from Don Ross, a Canadian finger style guitarist of international acclaim, whose piece of music with the same title seemed just right for our story.

I met Don some years ago and I am happy that he was amused by the notion that my interpretation of the avalanche in his tune would be a tumbling wedding cake... a huge white magnificent disaster!

students dance the year end recital at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

This story is inspired by true events.

a scene from How to Eat an Avalanche
program cover of Some Kind of Luck Petunia, 2011 year end recital at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Petunia has to recover in bed instead of enjoying her special day....and worries about her gift for Dad.

Some Kind of Luck, Petunia!

It is both Fathers Day and Petunia’s birthday, and Petunia’s mother takes her and some friends to the carnival for a treat.

a scene from Some Kind of Luck Petunia, 2011 year end recital at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Some kind of Luck follows her there and just when she is picking a balloon as a present for her father...it happens!

a scene from Some Kind of Luck Petunia, 2011 year end recital at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Fortunately, Petunia’s imagination and woozy head come up with a creative story loaded with characters and twists to entertain everyone as her Fathers Day gift to share (and ours!).

program cover of A Gift for the Nurse of the Sky, 2010 year end recital at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

A Gift for the Nurse of the Sky

What do you do when the sun doesn’t come up one day, and the Nurse of the Sky has overslept?

scene from year end recital performance of Richmond Hill dance school Bravo! The Centre for Dance

Make her favourite breakfast of course!
(rainbow mush pie!)

scene from year end recital, 2010

This narrated dance-theatre tale follows the Nurse of the Sky and her companion, the dragon, in their efforts to raise baby dragons in a world not quite prepared for their colourful antics.

program cover of How the Bravo Kids Found Their Magic, 2008 year end recital at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Artsscene from How the Bravo Kids Found Their Magic, 2008 year end recital

How the Bravo Kids Found Their Magic (and Jealousy Got Squished)

Just at the time when the Bravo Kids need to rehearse for their recital, Jealousy enters. Suddenly no one has a special feeling anymore. The recital magic is gone! The Bravo kids decide to go on an adventure into the stories from recitals past, to borrow some of the recital magic from the colourful characters they meet there. They don’t realize they are being followed, and narrowly miss being conned when an accident trips up the antagonists and this year’s recital is saved!

scene from How the Bravo Kids Found Their Magic, year end recital of Richmond Hill dance school Bravo! The Centre for Dance scene from How the Bravo Kids Found Their Magic, 2008 year end recital

The Bottom Line on a Most Unusual Royal Dinner

When a mean wolf swallows the king, then continues to live in the castle wearing a crafty disguise, three princesses venture out of the royal court to the Court of What’s Fair and Unfair. With the judge’s ruling, the pricesses feel justified in hatching a plan to rescue their father. No one anticipates the bottom line to this plot!

students perform Herman Worms His Way, year end recital scene from Herman Worms His Way, year end recital

Herman Worms His Way

An overprotective mother worm tries to discourage her son from taking a job in the fishing industry. Her multi-syllabic lecturing and over the top expressions of motherly love is almost enough to sink him. He leaves his apple home to find his calling in the Big Apple. Herman becomes a success worming his way into performing with a dance company and starting a whole new dance trend.

students perform in year end recital Herman Worms His Way students perform in year end recital Herman Worms His Way
dance students perform year end recital The Big Mood on stage in Richmond Hill

The Big Mood (du mal humeur)

At her dance school they call her Miss Claire, but at home she is called Mama - and Mama is having trouble clearing her mind to come up with a title for this year’s dance recital. Her household of creative kids is full of laundry, toys, and some leftover surprises under the sofa. Even new housemaids cannot stop Mama’s stress and frustration. She comes down with a big mood. The big mood makes her wear pyjamas a lot.

This colourful story may leave you wondering, until the recital title is revealed...at the very end.

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program cover of The Big Bug of Miss Media, year end recital

The Big Bug of Miss Media

When the night faeries believe Miss Media, their favourite pop star in a TV commerical, they buy a whole bunch of the magic pills she is selling. They put the pills in their watering cans and hoses when they make dew drops and rain.

But changes happen that they did not expect, and Mother Nature is not very pleased with the night faeries. Her little bugs are getting sick and big bugs are coming out of nowhere! There is nothing left to do, but turn Miss Media off.

program cover of The Tale of all Tails, year end recital

The Tale of all Tails

Raising the crown of Queen Flora, goddess of nature, to the top of the maypole at the May Day Festival is young Princess Maia’s special duty, but she discovers that the crown has been stolen!

Maia finds some kind of fibre or hair at the scene of the crime. It must be a clue! It must have fallen out of the thief’s tail! While the goddess Queen Flora and all the villagers are left to wear but humble kerchieves instead of their festive headdresses, Maia inspects all the creatures with tails to find the culprit.

When indeed he is found, the queen uses her wisdom and transforms his cunning into virtue. The crown is returned and the festival honours proceed.

The Tale of All Tails year end recital of Bravo! The Centre for Dance students
program cover of The Legend of Pirate Potato, year end recital

The Legend of Pirate Potato (the Real Story)

In a seaside community, a farm mother’s bedtime story about a potato stealing pirate has the opposite effect on her son who seeks a life of excitement away from home. After a tumultuous adventure aboard a pirates ship and an accidental switch, he washes ashore to find himself named a hero in his old town.

A Silver Lining

a simple heartwarming story of people joining together in friendship

The light came back slowly
as surpised with their findings
Kindness given without asking
was this storm’s silver lining.
program cover of Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando, year end recital

Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando
(Inspired by the Edgar Degas painting of the same name)

Precocious LIttle La La is the smallest circus child. She wants to perform in an act like the others, but Fernando, the clown in charge, tells her she has to grow a bit more first. Impatient La La goes out to the midway to find her fortune. At first entertained there, she starts to feel like she is being conned and returns to the Cirque Fernando where she grows into a star on the flying trapeze.

In a Kingdom Far Away

In a far away land there are no adults and children do not have to share their toys. Even princesses do not have to use their manners with their visiting cousins. Without parents and rules, it is only a matter of time before a treasured doll is found lying broken in a heap. None of the children will admit how it happened, but everyone feels disheartened. They decide that all the doll needs is a little magic to fix her, and unanimously agree to go and find the old wizard beyond their kingdom.

What follows is a fix of some psychedelic time travel, a swamp full of frog stuff and a hopping good time.

Our Story of Jean

Our Story of Jean is loosely based on some elements of the life of author Jean Little. In our story of Jean, the central character loves the world of books and stories, which seem to come alive to her, relieving the stress of being challenged at school by other kids or her own difficulties with vision. A zany team of doctors comes up with a silly but workable solution that may have been hard for Jean’s mom to see in the first place.