March 13, 2019

Saturday, April 13 at 1pm

VIU’s Malaspina Theatre

Tickets to this fun, life affirming show are $12 or 2/$20 from

and 250-754-7587.


Just Kidding for Kids presents…

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

by Axis Theatre Company

By Eileen Spinelli and Illustrated by Paul Yalowitz, Adapted by Chris McGregor


"Then he did something he had never done before… he laughed!"


Mr. Hatch lives a colourless, ordered life. He goes to work at the shoelace factory, eats his lunch alone, reads the paper and then goes to bed… early. Until, one Valentine’s Day he receives the biggest surprise of his life, a candy-filled heart with a note that whispers “somebody loves you”. Mr. Hatch’s world is turned upside down and he begins to make friends and enjoy all the fun parts of life that he once ignored. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch is a heartwarming puppet play that examines the effect that kindness can have on a dreary existence. 


Winner of two 2017 Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Design and Outstanding Artistic Creation for Direction


"The BEST school performance I've seen in 27 years!" - Mark Koebel, Eileen Madson Primary


"To sit in an audience of children and be able to hear a pin drop is a testament to the stellar piece of TYA theatre Axis has created. I have to say; the adults were enjoying the production as much as the youth." - Dawn E, Audience Member 


"I've taught here for 15 years and it was the best response I've seen from the students!" - Craigflower Elementary


Just Kidding for Kids is generously sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union, Kool & Child, Mid-Island Co-op, and Island Parent Magazine.



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