The Minnesota-based Children’s Theatre Company (CTC), recently announced that “The Carp Who Would Not Quit and Other Animal Stories” by playwright-director Reiko Ho and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) Ensemble will be performed at its Cargill Stage starting next month.

See a heroic carp climb up a waterfall (and so much more) in “The Carp Who Would Not Quit and Other Animal Stories,” an energetic and interactive retelling of traditional fables from Japan and Okinawa.

Directed by Ms. Ho, the 50-minute play will run from January 16 to February 18, 2024. The opening night is on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Artful puppetry and imaginative actors

Through artful puppetry and three imaginative actors, the audience will also meet a grateful crane, a wonderfully generous mouse, and an industrious rabbit who teaches everyone to do the mochi dance!

During this invigorating show from Hawaii, live music played on the koto, shakuhachi, and taiko drum will accompany young audiences as they dance, clap, and sing along.

“We are thrilled to welcome ‘The Carp Who Would Not Quit and Other Animal Stories’ to our stage,” says CTC Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius.

“This production created by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth bring to vibrant life dynamic, comic and tender stories from Japan and Okinawa. You will be transported by the music, puppetry and wonderful audience interaction. You will learn words and phrases in Japanese and sing along with the talented cast. Get ready to go on magical journeys, laugh along with the characters and amazing animals and thrill to the warmth and creativity of the cast. I can’t wait to share these tales with you all,” he added.

‘The Carp Who Would Not Quit’ celebrates cultural stories

“This show was a joy to create, and we are thrilled to be sharing it with audiences at CTC,” says Playwright/Director Reiko Ho.

“Celebrating our cultural stories is one of the most important things I do as a theatre maker. I’m delighted to adapt a few of my own favorite childhood stories for the stage and introduce some of the beautiful performance traditions and aesthetics of Japanese and Okinawan culture to a new generation of young people and families,” Ho said.

The performers for “The Carp Who Would Not Quit and Other Animal Stories” include Serina Dunham, Mattea Mazzella, and Hermenigildo Tesoro, Jr.

In addition to Reiko Ho and The HTY Ensemble, the creative team for “The Carp Who Would Not Quit and Other Animal Stories” includes Mattea Mazzella (original music), Iris Kim (set and costume design), Chesley Cannon (“lighting design”), Eric West (“puppet and prop design/technical director”), and Sarah Danvers and Hermenigildo Tesoro Jr. (additional props).

“The Carp Who Would Not Quit and Other Animal Stories” will play from January 16-February 18, 2024 at CTC’s Cargill Stage located at 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55404, United States of America.

Perfect first theater experience

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the ticket office at +1 612 874 0400. Ticket prices start at $15 for kids and $25 for adults.

School groups interested in attending “The Carp Who Would Not Quit and Other Animal Stories” can contact [email protected] for more information.

The Carp Who Would Not Quit and Other Animal Stories has a run time of 50 minutes (no intermission).

This production is a perfect first theater experience for your younger theater-goers. Due to the capacity of the Cargill Stage, a limited number of lap passes for those 18 months and younger will be available.

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