The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito by Tomson Highway

In this story of a misfit searching for her place in the world, Mary Jane is a mosquito who doesn’t have wings. At home in Petit Petit Le Paw she is teased by the other mosquitos, who won’t be friends with her. She is sent off to school, and then to live with her auntie in the city, as she searches for a place where she can fit in and make friends. After many adventures, Mary Jane learns to make friends sharing her language, her kind heart, and her songs with the world.

This musical show explores themes of feeling like an outsider, dealing with bullying, moving to a new place, and feeling different from the what’s considered normal. As Mary Jane tells her tale through song and story, Thomson Highway has woven in Cree words and phrases that are taught to the audience through playful interaction. With live music throughout, and supported with puppetry and fanciful costumes, this is an engaging piece for younger audiences.

Western Canada Tour
October – November 2019
North Vancouver: Presentation House Theatre
Vancouver: Carousel Theatre for Young People
Saskatoon: Persephone Theatre

Northern and Central Ontario Tour
April – May 2020
April 16 – Cobalt
April 17 – Kirkland Lake
April 19 – Haliburton
April 20 – North York (for schools)
April 21-23 – Mississauga (for schools)
April 28 – Geraldton
April 30 – Atikokan
May 1 – Dryden
May 3 – Sault Ste Marie
May 12 – Richmond Hill (for schools)

Meet the Creative Team of The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito

Written by Tomson Highway

Directed by Monica Dufault

Musical Direction & Additional Arrangements by Ryan de Souza

Set Design by Kelly Wolf
Costume Design by Alexa Fraser
Puppet Design by Clelia Scala
Puppetry Consultant: James Retter Duncan
Scenic Painting by Dawn Crysler

Photos feature Nicole Joy-Fraser as Mary Jane Mosquito
with accompanist Shane O’Regan and puppeteer Catherine Teichman. All Photos by Lauren Garbutt (2019).