A day of raw imagination

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On Saturday, January 9, 24 participants journeyed backstage with the magic of The Little Prince – The Musical, and learned how to design and build inflatable art moons and planets.

Award-winning Set and Costume Designer Bretta Gerecke ignited everyone’s imagination in a whole new way, and then put those skills to use to create a collaborative inflatable floating artwork of moons and planets.

The results were truly delightful!

Photos by Andre Goulet.

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Inflatable Art and Design Workshop


Design and innovation are anything but seamless, and that’s where the beauty lies. In this unique hands-on workshop, participants will journey backstage with the magic of The Little Prince – The Musical.

Award-winning Set and Costume Designer Bretta Gerecke will re-ignite your imagination in a whole new way, and share proven methods for sparking and testing new ideas by using your hands – and positive creative thinking.  Then put those skills to use to create a collaborative inflatable floating artwork of moons and planets.


Participants will be guided through Bretta’s creative design and problem-solving methods, and will receive a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of The Little Prince set in progress. Then everyone will roll up their sleeves to design, build and launch an inflatable art installation of moons and planets.

The completed pieces will be on exhibit during the world premiere of The Little Prince – The Musical (January 19 – February 28, 2016) and will be re-installed publicly during Beakerhead (September 14 – 18, 2016)!


Bretta Gerecke, Set and Costume Designer
Bretta Gerecke is renowned for her playful,  imaginative and innovative designs. She  is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton, where she has designed 16 world premieres which have toured globally including New York, London, Edinburgh and Toronto (Elephant Wake, Frankenstein, Nevermore). She has also created designs for Theatre Calgary, Edmonton Opera, the Stratford Festival, the National Arts Center and Cirque du Soleil (Allavita).  She is the recipient of over twenty-five awards and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Siminovitch Prize.

Marjan Eggermont, Associate Dean, Schulich School of Engineering
Marjan Eggermont (BA, BFA, MFA, and PhD candidate) is an accomplished artist, computational designer and educator. As Associate Dean (Student Affairs) with the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Ms. Eggermont works to blend the worlds of design, bio-mimicry and engineering together to foster creative thinkers and builders.


Registration fee $35.
Limited to 24 participants.

To secure your spot, email Kaye Dauter-Booth at kbooth@theatrecalgary.com, or call 403-294-7440 ext. 1122

Note: Youth 14 years and up are warmly welcome, but must be accommodated by an adult who is also registered for the workshop.