New Puppet Show! How Torii got to Campbell River

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

The Museum at Campbell River’s weekly Puppet Shows are back again this year!  Each year the new summer Heritage Interpreters develop a new show to add to the repertoire of plays about our City’s history.  The yearly challenge is to identify a piece of our community’s history that has not been addressed to date, but that can be told in a fun way to appeal to children.   “How Torii Got to Campbell River”, this year’s new show, highlights the origins of Sequoia Park’s very own Torii Gate, given to the city as a gift by our sister city Ishikari, Japan.  In 1993, the seaside Japanese city sent it over, making the gate the first of its kind erected in Canada.  In exchange for the gift, Campbell River sent over a totem pole carved by Bill Henderson to show our gratitude.  Having a sister city promotes cultural and commercial diversity, and has fostered a long lasting friendship.  Now, in 2018, we have reached our 35th anniversary between the two cities. 

 “This is an amazing summer job where we really get to use some creativity” explains Heritage Interpreter Charis Tazumi.   “First we had to research a piece of local history and create a fun dialogue to tell the story.  We had to write new lyrics to a known song that went along with the story, because every great puppet show has a catchy tune.  And then we were gluing sequins suckers on to our new octopus puppet’s tentacles.”

In this new show, you meet fun and silly characters and share their story, as they scramble to find Torii’s leg before he is shipped off to Canada!  With the help of local girl Emi, Torii must find his missing piece while coming head to head with an evil octopus!   

Come down to watch the show on Tuesday, August 21 at 10:30 and 1:30 am.  Puppet show admission is $2 per person, and the performance is followed by a fun craft that fits with theme of the show.  For more information please contact the Museum by phone at 250-287-3103, email, or at

Summer Programs at the Museum at Campbell River are funded in part by the Government of Canada.