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Perth Theatre Company’s Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Perth Theatre Company’s Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Ready for the Show

My 11-year-old son and I had the opportunity to attend a Perth Theatre performance of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer at the Samueli Theatre on Friday, October 18th. It was such a joy to take him on a Mommy & Me date – it’s always special when one of my six kids gets one-on-one time with mom 🙂

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer was a unique theatre experience. It’s literally a one-man show. Created & originally performed by Tim Watts, the show’s visuals, lights, music, puppeteering, everything is done by one man. At our performance it was St John – he hails from Australia and has been performing Alvin Sputnik for about a year and a half, having performed around the world including the US,  Europe, & even Singapore. I can honestly say I have never seen a show that compares to Alvin Sputnik. It combines modern technology, unique puppeteering, stick-figure-type animation, and even acoustic ukelele music. All of these elements are skillfully combined to create a unique and enjoyable theatre experience that will appeal to children and their parents.

It’s the sweet story of a man – Alvin – who feels quite alone in the world after his wife dies. He volunteers to go on a dangerous mission to save the world, with the hopes of being reunited with his true love whose soul has journeyed to the depths of the ocean. For me, one of the sweetest & most touching parts was the sweet song Alvin sings to his wife as she’s about to die – in a simple melody he sings of his love for her and pleads for her to hang on just one more day.

As with many performances at SCFTA there are pre-show activities that parents and children can participate in together. I was also pleased that at the conclusion of the performance the audience was invited to converse with those involved with the production: St John and Sam (who also performs Alvin Sputnik).

This delightful show is being performed at the Samueli Theatre through October 20th – don’t miss out on the opportunity to see Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer.

Perth Australia

With Sam and Alvin Sputnik puppet

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cast visiting with audience & answering questions following the show

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Sam & St. John – the two men who bring Alvin Sputnik to life this weekend at SCFTA

Make your own Deep Sea Diver

Make your own Deep Sea Diver

Julie is an OC Supermom to six beautiful children in Orange County. She is an editor with Astraea Press, active in the community and enjoys running in her free time.
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