Backyardigans on Harbourfront stage

Journal Pioneer staff
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Sold out shows Saturday afternoon, tickets available for 7 p.m.

SUMMERSIDE – The famous five Backyardigans, Pablo, Tasha, Uniqua, Tyrone and Austin, had sold-out audiences on Saturday afternoon at the Harbourfront Theatre.

Zack Nunn got up close and personal during a backstage meeting with Pablo, one of the five Backyardigans who performed three Deep Sea Adventure shows at the Harbourfront Theatre.

The approximately 90-minute shows featured singing and dancing through a Deep Sea Adventure storyline, accentuated with speckles of hand-held light wands throughout the audience that were almost as colourful as the characters themselves. The wands could be purchased before the show at the merchandising table, and seemed a popular choice for the many pre-schoolers in attendance.

The Backyardigans are a quintet of characters created by Janice Burgess for a television program that originally aired between 2004 and 2013. The show depicts five animal-children who create adventures in their backyard.

The theatrical performance is produced by KOBA Entertainment. It is in the 10th week of a 13-week cross-Canada tour that started in Victoria, B.C. and will end in St. John’s, NL. They conducted a Space Adventure tour in 2011.

"It was awesome; so much fun! Kayla Thomas - Backyardigans audience member of her backstage encounter

Before the first show of the afternoon, several children and their parents or guardians were invited backstage to meet the Backyardigans.

“I got hugs. I liked them to give me high-fives,” expressed Lexi Yeo, afterward.

Her friend, Kayla Thomas, had a more summative view of the encounter.

“It was awesome; so much fun,” she affirmed.

Geographic location: Canada, Victoria

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