Arts & Culture

Create your own mini at-home play with Gateway kit

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 12:55 PDT, Thu October 1, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Gateway Theatre has a new project aimed at engaging craft enthusiasts and storytellers.

The family friendly Hallows’ Eve paper theatre kit, available online starting today, was illustrated by local artist Keely O’Brien. It arrives ready to assemble and users can create a miniature 3D theatre and stage a play from their own home.

“I hope everyone who orders Hallows’ Eve will find as much delight in assembling and playing with the theatre as I did in making it, and that you will let your own imagination and creativity shine as you build and activate this enchanted little world,” says O’Brien.

Gateway’s kit pays homage to the original paper theatres, sold at playhouse concession stands in 19th century Europe. It also comes with a Halloween-themed play written by Gateway artistic and community producer Jasmine Chen.

“While we’re waiting to return to our beloved theatre venues and artistic spaces, I wanted to capture the feeling of escaping into another world, which is my favourite part of experiencing theatre,” says Chen. “Although digital performances are exciting, we wanted to turn the focus back on the infinite possibilities of one’s own creativity.”

Each kit includes artwork printed on card stock, the script for the play, and assembly instructions in English and Chinese. Users need scissors and glue to put together their kit, and there will be a “how-to” video posted on Gateway’s website.

Share at-home experiences on social media using the hashtag #MyGTPaperTheatreKit

Kits are on sale now for $45 plus tax, while supplies last, with free shipping to Canadian addresses. For delivery before Halloween, order by Oct. 26. To learn more, visit gatewaytheatre.com/paper-theatre.

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