Sunday, June 16, 2019

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Neverending Story at The Stratford Festival

Photo Provide By The Stratford Festival. Taken By Emily Cooper

Yesterday we were invited to attend the opening of THE NEVERENDING STORY at the Stratford Festival’s Avon Theatre and it was fantastic experience from beginning to end.

The Neverending Story Will Light Up Your Senses

We were delighted to see The Neverending Story brought to life on stage at the Avon Theatre in nearby Stratford Ontario.  It will truly light up your senses in a way that makes you feel like you are part of tale found in the mysterious storybook.

The stage show is full of light displayed both by the backdrop but also as part of the props and accessories used by the actors that put on this magnificent play. It shone through puppets and showed the shooting stars of each story in the land of Fantastica.

While the light show is a significant part of the production, the use of music to transport the audience to the magical world is captivating as well.  In fact, the music of the trees was so beautiful that it enchanted a few characters as part of the show. JUNO award winner Hawksley Workman composed the music for the production and you can hear a sample from it in the video below.

As you can see this rendition of The Neverending Story is a feast for both the eyes and the ears.

Find Your Way to Fantastica on its 40th Anniversary

While many are most familiar with The Neverending Story Movie, it first published as a novel 40 years ago. Since then it has become a story read and watched by families passing down the tale from generation to generation.  Now is the time to take your whole family to see Fantasica in The Neverending Story.
Presented as the 2019 Schulich Children’s Play, The Neverending Story follows 10-year-old Bastian, played by Jake Runeckles, who, in order to avoid school bullies, hides in a closet reading a strangely compelling book: the tale of a hero’s quest to save the realm of Fantastica from the encroaching terror of the Nothing. In a bid to save their dying ruler, the Childlike Empress, young warrior Atreyu, played by Qasim Khan, is chosen to find a cure for the Empress and destroy the Nothing, but ultimately finds that she can only be saved by an outsider. Bastian steps into the role of saviour in the story and discovers his own power in this magical world.


The Stratford Festival Theatre is less than an hour from Kitchener Waterloo by car, but don’t fret if you don’t have a vehicle.  They have introduced a round trip shuttle that picks up and drops off in front on Angie’s Kitchener on Erb St. in Waterloo.  The $19 price for the shuttle service is in addition to the price of the performance tickets.  For those a little further from the area there are also shuttles from Toronto and Vaughn ($29 for shuttle service from these areas). This makes it even easier to find your way to the land of Fantastica.  Get all the info at

Grab Your Tickets Before They Are Gone

*PLEASE NOTE THIS PLAY CONTAINS FLASHING LIGHTS* We thought our readers should be aware for those families that have sensitivities to flashing lights.

Once the word gets out it may be difficult to get tickets, but right now there are several promotional prices available for this must see musical!

Save on performances from now until June 24 by visiting
New for this year, the Stratford Festival Theatre has introduced the BRAVO ZONE with tickets for $41 which includes the fees!  Also be sure to check out their 2-for-1 Evenings deal that will happen all season long and we know our readers are often looking for deals on tickets for their kids.  Find the $18.50 kids promo info at

Don’t see a deal that best suits you yet? Then visit THE NEVERENDING STORY ticket page at and under the SAVE ON YOUR TICKETS listing you can see all the ticket deals available in their drop down menu or by calling the box office toll free at 1-800-567-1600

Let The Neverending Story Carry On With These Extra Events Happening This Summer in Stratford

In addition to the stage play of The Neverending Story, the Stratford Festival has addition events happening around select performances starting this month.
The magic of The Neverending Story extends beyond the stage with several family events planned before and after selected performances. Kick off your adventure with a Hero’s Quest Lunch (July 7, July 27, August 18), a fantastical meal complete with puppet demonstrations, games and face painting, and The Neverending Story Workshop (June 23, July 13, July 21, August 23), a series of drama exercises inspired by the story. After the show, settle in for a Cushion Concert full of favourite songs and stories for the whole family (July 13, August 24, September 21).  

For more info about the Stratford Festival be sure to visit these links

Let us know about the show! Are you going to see The Neverending Story at the Avon Theatre in Stratford? We want to know what your thoughts were.  Leave a comment below!

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