Wumpa…an adventure

Written by and starring:
Tammy Bentz, Jacqueline Dandeneau, Sharon Heath

Co-directed:
Tammy Bentz, Jacqueline Dandeneau, Sharon Heath, Micki Maunsell, Rudi Galindo

Choreography:
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, David Ferney, Rudi Galindo

Synopsis:

The trio tells the story of Tessie, a kind of everywoman, and draws parallels between her misadventures in a nightmarish circus and the lives of ordinary women. Tessie, the child of a bearded lady and a midget, was born into the circus. She realizes that having a beautiful smile is not enough in a world inhabited by sexist clowns and inept circus bureaucrats. Tessie must overcome self-doubt and external pressures to discover her own strengths and become a Wumpa Woman.

Reviews:

“A beautifully crafted, innovatively staged work.”

The Advertiser,
Adelaide, Australia

“… the beauty of this witty ensemble piece of mime, aerobics, modern dance and song is that it finds a novel, intelligent vehicle for (its) message..”

The Edmonton Journal,
Edmonton, Canada

“The storytelling here is infectiously joyous.”

The Georgia Straight,
Vancouver, Canada

“The three performers, fearless and deliciously versatile women, create a crowd of characters from strutting ringmaster to simpering official, hapless victim and oafish clowns… The show is a jolly romp which draws foot-stomping approbation from its audiences.”

The Advertiser,
Adelaide, Australia

“Wumpa… an adventure in high-energy storytelling—a fable-style narrative enlivened by singing, acrobatics, and comedy. No lions or elephants, but there is a horse. A fun and polished show.”

The Fringe,
Vancouver, Canada

L-R: Tammy Bentz, Jacqueline Dandeneau and Sharon Heath in Wumpa
 
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