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Oct 29

The Carp Who Would Not Quit

A traveling production by Honolulu Theatre for Youth

The Carp Who Would Not Quit brings to life traditional fable tellings from Japan and Okinawa to teach important lessons of persistence, respect, and kindness. Introducing live original music, language, and performance traditions from these cultures, this interactive performance is specifically developed for our youngest audiences. 

Founded in 1955, Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) is one of the oldest and most respected children’s theatres in the country. HTY has served more than five million people through school and family performances and drama education programs. HTY believes that drama education and theatre are unique, socially based education, and art forms that help their participants and audiences walk in the shoes of others, allowing them to expand their imaginations, enrich their lives, and discover the infinite possibilities in the world. 

Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  

Run Time: 40 minutes (no intermission)

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The Carp Who Would Not Quit

Oct 29

The Carp Who Would Not Quit

A traveling production by Honolulu Theatre for Youth

October 29, 2023 All day

6880 Washington Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63130
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$12 – $15


three koi puppets

Koi Puppet-Making Workshops

Join us for a 20-minute Koi Puppet-Making Workshop between shows at 1:45PM or 2:30PM. Participation fee is $5 per child.

The story of The Carp Who Would Not Quit is based the legend of the carp (koi) who swam up the golden waterfall and was transformed into a celestial dragon as a reward. The story reminds us to always do our best and always encourage one another. To help us keep remembering that important lesson, COCA teaching artists will work with students, ages 3–9, on making and decorating a koi puppet to keep.

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