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About Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
Mr. Hatch leads a predictable and dreary life; he keeps to himself. One Valentine’s Day, he unexpectedly receives a heart-shaped package with an anonymous note that whispers, “somebody loves you,” and everything changes. This heartwarming puppet play examines the effect that kindness can have on a lonely existence. Join washerwomen Betsy, Edna, and Molly as they bring Mr. Hatch’s story to life and help him search for his secret admirer!
Recommended Age: 5+
Duration: 35 minutes
Cast & Creative
Book by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Paul Yalowitz
Adapted & Directed by Chris McGregor
Puppet Designed and Crafted by Frank Rader
Puppet Wardrobe by Barbara Clayden
Performer Dresses by Darryl Milot
Sound Design Composition by Stephen Bulat
Set Design by Shizuka Kai
JESSIE RICHARDSON AWARDS 2016–2017 Winner Outstanding Design (TYA): Frank Rader and Barbara Clayden (Puppet Design)
Winner Outstanding Artistic Creation (TYA): Chris McGregor (Directing)
Nominated Outstanding Performance (TYA): Jeny Cassady, Mika Laulainen, and Sarah May Redmond
Nominated Outstanding Production (TYA)
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The Company That Created Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
Axis’ productions are performed in theatres and schools, enriching curriculum, drawing children into stories and giving them access to ideas in new ways. Their 59 original works have earned 21 Jessie Richardson Awards, A Betty Mitchell Award and a Drama Desk Nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience.
Lin Bennett, Wendy Gorling, Elizabeth Murray-Byers and Wayne Specht, who became the founding Artistic Director, came together as a group in 1973-74. Each member trained at either Étienne Decroux or L’École Lecoq and were eager to promote their chosen art form. The Axis Mime Theatre Society incorporated in May 1975 as the next step to access financial support to create the structure needed to administer their activities on a consistent, professional level. Over 45 years later, Axis Theatre Company continues to create original physical theatre productions for the young and young at heart.
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