Pop! Pop!

by Linda A Carson, with Monica Dufault and Kim Selody
Pop Pop

An Exciting Adventure for Early Years Audiences!

Two characters who are very different from each other are exploring a strange new world and finding surprises in this colourful sensory experience. One instinctively hides, the other instinctively seeks. Together they find lots of surprises that pop up everywhere!

Pop! Pop! is a performance piece for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers. There are sensory experiences, live music, adorable puppets – lots of fun for children and adults alike.

Toronto Performances – Fall 2023

Pop! Pop! will be at Young People’s Theatre from October 14 to 22, 2023. For performance information and tickets, visit https://www.youngpeoplestheatre.org

Audience Feedback

“Loved the show and the staff. What a great first experience for our little one.”

“It was my first time attending with my child and we both loved it. I am so happy we went. I wanted to introduce my toddler to theatre and this was a perfect introduction. It was interactive and engaging. I loved all the sensory engagement with the play.”

“Thanks again and kudos on such a fantastic job! Our daughter loved it so much, she’s said she wants to go and see more ‘shows’. We love how great and thoughtful the festival was put together-we’ll definitely do it again.”

Creative Team

Katherine Cappellacci - Seek

Katherine is a multidisciplinary theatre artist and actor. Born and raised in Toronto, she has a BFA in acting from X University and has worked in theatres across Ontario. Recent credits include Indisposable (Grandview Theatre), performing and directing in A Moment in the (Secret) Garden (4Score Productions/The Musical Stage Co.), The Haunting of Hungerford House (Tweed & Co.), That’s Amore (Globus Theatre), two seasons with the Newmarket National Play Festival, and has toured with Dufflebag Theatre. During the pandemic, Katherine wrote/directed a short play called When I See You (EmerGENce Theatre’s Fusion Festival), and a clown short called DAY 55 (2020 Virtual Toronto Fringe Festival). She’s an editor for The Theatre Times, is a trained mezzo/alto vocalist, and plays piano, guitar, and French horn. 


Kaylyn Valdez-Scott - Hide

Kaylyn Valdez-Scott is a half Filipina, half Scottish artist from Toronto, Ontario. Kaylyn is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Tethered The Ghost, a collective that explores and celebrates the Filipinx-Canadian diaspora. Their original work, Healing Thread, has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council to continue production, and just wrapped a run at the 2021 In the Soil Arts Festival. Kaylyn’s work is rooted in her passion for devised physical creation, through song and movement. Kaylyn is currently producing with Suitcase in Point as one of their Artistic Associates. Select credits include: Sister Warriors (Workshop, Suitcase in Point/Affair of Honor), Healing Thread (Tethered The Ghost), The Team (Essential Collective Theatre/Theatre Aquarius), Macbeth (Tottering Biped Theatre), September Songs (Twitches & Itches Theatre).

Linda A. Carson - Playwright

Linda, a graduate of Vancouver’s Studio 58, has been a writer, teacher and performer for over 30 years. She has great memories of performing for Carousel Players, some of her favourites being, The Last Drop (By Kim Selody), Patty’s Cake (by Tim Webb), Here To Hear (By Cathy Nosaty and Linda A. Carson), George and Martha and Where The Wild Things Are. Linda’s other writing credits include Mom’s The Word (co-wrote), Jack and The Bean (YPT), and So How Should I Be? (Nominated for a 2019 Tom Hendry Award). Linda is very excited about this new creation with Carousel Players, Pop Pop, and thankful for the amazing team that helped to realize the project. Linda especially wants to thank Monica Dufault for inviting her onboard. Linda now lives on Bowen Island, B.C. where she continues to write and act.

Monica Dufault - Director

Monica Dufault has been Artistic Director of Carousel Players since January 2018. Previously she performed with The Shaw Festival, The National Arts Centre, Theatre Aquarius, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and other companies across Canada. Shehas acted in many plays for young audiences and was nominated for a Dora Award for her performance in Where the Wild Things Are. Monica was the Artistic Director of Essential Collective Theatre from 2014 to 2018, where she directed twelve productions. For Carousel Players, she has created live and digital productions, including Tomson Highway’s The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, whichtoured to Vancouver and Saskatoon in 2019. Ms. Dufault was selected as the Canadian delegate to the 2019 ASSITEJ Germany Directors in TYA Conference in Berlin, and is now a member of the board of ASSITEJ Canada. She holds a BA in Theatre, MA in Comparative Literatures and Arts, and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Sara Allison - Stage Manager

Sara Allison is a local St. Catharines Stage Manager and Scenic Artist. Currently the Production Stage Manager at Carousel Players, she is thrilled to be working on Pop! Pop!. Sara has stage managed 9 productions with Carousel Players! Other credits for Carousel Players include; The Velveteen Rabbit, Meet Chloe, Mask Minis, HBD2Me, Lig & Bittle, Water Wonder, Whole World, Hare & Tortoise. Recent credits elsewhere: This Is How We Got Here(Native Earth Performing Arts @ The Shaw Festival), Old Love, Lunenburg, Fair & Square(Lighthouse/ Showboat Festival Theatre), East of Berlin (Essential Collective Theatre), Fair & Square(Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Co.), Bad Jews(The Segal Centre/ Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), Master Harold and the Boys (Obsidian Theatre Company) Dracula, Chitra (Director’s Project), Me and My Girl (Shaw Festival). Thank you to all my family and friends who continue to encourage me while I fulfill my theatre dreams.

Kim Selody - Dramaturg

Kim has worked as a writer, director and actor in Canadian theatre for over 40 years. From the fall of 1991 to the spring of 1996 Kim served as the Artistic Director of the Playwrights Theatre Centre (formerly The New Play Centre). During that time he restructured the organization to include playwright development, as well as producing new works; created the Vancouver New Play Festival, the Seedlings Projects, and over saw the merger of The New Play Centre and the Betty Lambert Society to become the Playwrights Theatre Centre. In September of 1999, he took over as Artistic Director of Carousel Players in Southern Ontario until 2006. He was a Theatre Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts from 2006 to 2012. He is currently Artistic Director of Presentation House Theatre (PHT) in North Vancouver. He has collaborated with theatre companies in England, the US., Japan, Mexico, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Quebec. He has been a guest lecturer and instructor at several major Universities in Canada and the US.

Kelly Wolf - Set Design

Kelly Wolf is a Theatre Maker, a Set and Costume designer and an Artist Educator who is interested in exploring ways that design can augment the theatrical experience. She has created designs for many theatres across Canada ranging from small independent companies to the major festivals. Other designs for Carousel include Hare and Tortoise and The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito Most recently designing The Team on the Hill at the Blyth Festival and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Brock University.  

Recent work has taken her into the realm of site specific theatre creation. With her Hamilton based company Open Heart Arts Theatre, Kelly has worked in collaboration to create new devised performances that ask questions about the society that we live in. Upcoming Conversations around the Table will take place as a part of the Theatre Aquarius New Voices Festival. It is the culmination of a two year investigation into the stories of those who have experienced homelessness.

Other recent designs include: A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre) Pantalone’s Palace and Top Girls (Brock University) Waiting Room (Tarragon Theatre), Quiver (Nightwood, Theatre Aquarius Studio), Rukmini’s Gold (Toronto and Hamilton Fringe), Commercials for Hamilton (Hammer Theatre/Staircase), Sanctuary Song (Theatre Direct – NAC), The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Roseneath)The Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct) Queen for a Day – set (Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts), Midsummer Night’s Dream –costume (Citadel Theatre),Sound of Music – set (Drayton) and Between the Sheets (Nightwood).

Alexa Fraser - PUPPET & Costume Design

Alexa Fraser is multi disciplinary artist from St.Catharines, Ontario. With a B.Des in Fashion Design from The Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University, 2006), Alexa has worked as a Technical Designer for Abercrombie and Fitch Co. in Columbus, Ohio (2006-2008), in the Tailoring Department at the Shaw Festival (2014 and 2015 seasons) and as the Head of Wardrobe for Carousel Players since 2015. Alexa has displayed textile and installation art in many solo and group exhibits, designs and sews costumes for theatre, makes and performs puppets and teaches textile and puppet making workshops. Recent selected costume design credits include A Vampire Story, Brock University DART Winter Mainstage production (2023), Jenny’s House of Joy (2023), Danny and Delilah (2023) and The Foursome (2022) with The Foster Festival, Mary Poppins Jr, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Nobody’s Children and Shrek Jr with Yellow Door Theatre Project (2022/2023), and Pop Pop (2021/2022, developed in partnership with Presentation House Theatre), Lig and Bittle (2020), The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito (2017/2019/2023) with Carousel Players. Recent puppetry credits include puppet design and creation for Cosmic Fishing Theatre Company’s Discover and SHADED (2022/2023), Yellow Door Theatre Project’s Nobody’s Children (2022), Carousel Player’s Pop Pop (2021/2022) and design and performance for Carousel Player’s Culture Days event, Drama Garden, 2022 (This event received Spotlight Recognition from Ontario Culture Days, receiving “Best In Person Program-Runner Up”) and for Concrete Cabaret’s Exquisite Collaboration (2021) and #7 A VERY SPECIAL Holiday SPECIAL (2020). Alexa has studied puppetry construction and performance with David Lane (founding member of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop) at the New England Puppetry Intensive, the Puppetmongers and CLUNK Puppet Lab at the Humber College Puppetry Intensive, with Frank Meschkuleit and Mike Petersen at the Toronto School of Puppetry, mask making with Michelle Jamieson at the Off the Wall school of theatre production in Stratford and online with Mark Down of Blind Summit Theatre (England) and Bernd Ogrodnik of World of Puppets (Iceland).  Alexa has taught the Carousel Players’ Puppet and Mask summer camp since 2021 and is looking forward to teaching Puppets at Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts this year, along with Wardrobe and Props.

Joe Lapinski - Music Composition & Direction

Joe Lapinski is very excited to be part of Carousel Player’s production of POP! POP!. He has been creating sound and music for theatre for 18 years, and is based in St. Catharines Ontario.  Joe is also an active musician, producer, songwriter, and recording engineer who has worked with an array for musicians, and is currently lead producer at WOW! Recording Studio.  He is a co-founder of the In the Soil Arts Festival, and is a former music director for Suitcase In Point Theatre Company.  Past productions include: Hare & Tortoise, 2018/19, Carousel Players; Antigonick, 2014, Summerworks Festival; Topdog / Underdog, 2011, Shaw Festival Theatre/Obsidian Theatre; A Downtown Stupor, 2009, Suitcase in Point; I Know Angelo, 2008, Suitcase in Point; Looking For George, 2008, Suitcase In Point; 1984, 2008, Theatre Rien Pantoute.