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Thursday, March 20, 2008

"We are castaways" The Backyardigans


"We're stuck where we are/With no house, no car/Castaways ahoy/
We are castaways " - The Backyardigans, "Castaways"

After nearly four days stuck in Sydney Harbour aboard an ice-trapped ferry, with little more than granola bars and their indomitbale spirits to sustain them, The Backyardigans are back on land and headed to Fredricton for their re-scheduled show.

This recent real-life adventure is only one of a series of calamities that The Backyardigans have had to overcome since they first set out on their cross-Canada tour. They began the national tour of their stage show, QUEST FOR THE EXTRA ORDINARY ALIENS, last January in British Columbia. The tour quickly became a hot ticket, selling out major venues and delighting kids and parents alike.

As the tour progressed, it became clear The Backyardigans would need their sunny attitudes, unshakeable optimism and vivid imaginations more than ever! Snow-bound in Thunder Bay, they were forced to re-schedule their show in Sault Ste. Marie. Their fully-loaded equipment truck was then stolen in Montreal (later recovered but missing three high-end projectors) but a massive snow storm kept them in Montreal, forcing them to re-schedule their show in Saint John.

Another major blizzard held our intrepid friends captive in Windsor, which forced them to re-schedule their show in Gander. This past Monday, they were trapped on board a ferry firmly stuck in Sydney's ice-packed harbour, forcing them to re-schedule shows in Charlottetown and Fredericton.

On March 20, Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent, Canada's largest icebreaker, rescued The Backyardigans from the ice-bound boat after nearly four days and helped deliver them to Fredericton in time for their show, re-scheduled for March 21.

Patrons with tickets for shows that have been postponed are encouraged to use their tickets for
re-scheduled dates. Those unable to attend re-scheduled shows are asked to contact the venue box office for a full refund.

They've scaled the heights of Mt. Olympus, faced the notorious tickle-monster and protected the world from nasty evil-doers; they've survived the ice age, raging high seas, a blistering volcano and a dangerous mission to Mars but nothing compares to the real-life adventures The Backyardigans have faced during their current cross-Canada tour!
KOBA Family Entertainment presents

Book by Patti Caplette and Rodney Stringfellow
Directed and Choreographed by Patti Caplette
Music Composed by Evan Lurie
Set Design and Video by Beth Kates
Executive Producer Gilles Paquin

Media Contact:
Carrie Sager, President
FLIP Publicity & Promotions Inc.
416.533.7710 X224 fax 416.533.7797

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