Friday, 5 July 2013

The Secret Life of Walter Manny (Trent Arterberry) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

 I have seen the Secret Life of Walter Manny. It is a show that I really like.

Walter was a boy who used his imagination to do exciting things: pretend that he was a secret agent, a firefighter and a race car driver.  While he and his grandma were driving to school, his grandma said to him "I'm gonna drive you to school really fast today", he said: "like a race car?!" And then he pretended he was a race car driver in a race car. Then his grandma said "I nearly crashed into a car Walter!"

I think that it is amazing that one guy would change his voice to be so many people.  He was a teacher, grandma,  he was Walter and he was the kids in his school.

I think it was really cool how he mimed a lot of things, and didn't use a lot of costumes, he used his voice his and actions. It's amazing how he swung his arms around like a propellor on an airplane.  He was pretending to fly an airplane like Charles Lindbergh.

Walter had a problem, he couldn't control his imagination.  He stood on the desk and he pretended that there were snakes and bats in the basement.  You have to learn to control your imagination and not go too crazy. He didn't have many friends but he did have a happy life with his imaginary friends.  

Walter Manny learned how to control his imagination. At the end he made friends by saving Roger the class bunny. He saved Roger by using his imagination.

The play was funny. And I think it was exciting. I really liked how Walter pretended to do things but didn't really do them. Walter made me think about how other people control their imagination compared to him.

  • The Secret Life of Walter Manny is playing at the Palmerston Library [FringeKids!] (560 Palmerston Ave.).
  • Performances:
    July 5 – 11:30am
    July 6 – 4:00pm
    July 8 – 6:15pm
    July 9 – 7:30pm
    July 10 – 1:00pm
    July 11 – 11:00am
    July 12 – 4:30pm
    July 14 – 12:00am
  • Individual Fringe tickets are available at the door for $10 ($5 for FringeKids), cash only. Late comers will not be permitted.
  • Advance tickets are $11 ($9 + $2 service charge) are available online at, by phone at 416-966-1062 ext 1, or in person during the festival at the Festival Box Office in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St W).
  • Value packs are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows


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