The Man Who Planted Trees
He’s got no strings, and he’s quite a catch…
What It Is
He’s Elzéard Bouffier, the man who planted trees. Written by Jean Giono, The Man Who Planted Trees is the fictional story of a solitary shepherd (our Elzéard) who made it his life’s quest to transform a barren area of Provence into a place lush with life. And he did it–one seedling at a time. The original tale was written in French and has been translated into English and also adapted as an animated short film in 1987. This French story has gained new life, however, in Scotland, with Edinburgh’s Puppet State Theatre.
Bring It Home
Puppet State Theatre has been touring the world for over five years with their adaptation of “The Man Who Planted Trees,” and the world won’t let them stop! They are returning to North America April-June 2012, with shows in Montreal, Des Moines, Austin, and parts of California. They will also be performing at two International Children’s Festivals—in Calgary and in Ottawa. My family saw this delightful show during one of its many North American tours, and every one of us–pre teens, college students and adults–loved it. Elzéard’s story is told with tenderness and charm, interspersed with a good deal of humor that is provided by frisky “Dog.”
This puppet show is everything that good theatre should be: entertaining, inspiring, and thoroughly captivating. With an ingeniously simple set, beautiful puppets, strong narration, music, and even wafting fragrances, two puppeteers completely enchant their audience. See it, and you will leave with a smile on your face and a tear in your eye.
Catch Elzéard in the act! Click here for the touring schedule: http://www.puppetstate.com/touring/