Playwright: Tomson Highway
Director: Monica Dufault
Assistant Director: Nicole Joy-Fraser
Music Director: Ryan de Souza
Set Design: Kelly Wolf
Costume Design: Alexa Frase
Puppet Design: Clelia Scala
Puppetry Consultant: James Retter Duncan
Haley Vincent as Mary Jane Mosquito with
Accompanist Shane O’Regan
Puppeteer Catherine Teichman
Stage Manager: Martine Beland
Book, Music, and Lyrics written by Tomson Highway with additional arrangements by Ryan de Souza
In this story of a misfit searching for her place in the world, Mary Jane is a mosquito whodoesn’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.