Méli and Zola were born on the same day, from the same womb. Two young sisters – also known as “hermanitas” – with mischievous eyes, big smiles and contagious energy… one with black skin, and the other, white skin. As close as the fingers on their little hands, the twins are thrilled to become big sisters in just a few hours. What color will the newborn be: more copper-cocoa like Zola, or golden sugar like Méli? 

Théâtre des Petites Âmes crafts an intimate and enchanting universe with Hermanitas. Music, puppets and lights weave together to create a playful dance of appearances, disappearances and transformations of bodies and objects. This show is a celebration of uniqueness in resemblance as in difference, and truly inspires awe and wonder in young audiences. 


Production Le Théâtre des Petites Âmes (Quebec)
Ideation Isabelle Payant
Direction and set Design Stéphane Heine, Isabelle Payant
Cast Nadine Jean, Isabelle Payant
With the voice of  Koffi Mens
Costume design Isabelle Payant
Music Isabelle Payant and traditional Congolese nursery rhymes
Lighting Nancy Longchamp
Stage Management Stéphane Guy

With the suppport of Francophone Affairs Program of British Columbia
And the contribution of Pacific Pilotage Authority

Main themes
  • Development and discovery
  • Family relationships
  • Musical / poetic
  • Tolerance

Age From 2.5 to 6 years old, from preschool to grade 1
Cost for preschool and school performances $15 per child, $25 for all accompanying adults (daycare workers/teachers) (no service fees)
Length of the show 35 minutes
Total number of seats 85
Venue Studio 16 (Maison de la Francophonie)
Educational material Guide provided 1 month before the performance
Cultural outreach Crafty activities offered by the Centre Culturel Francophone before and after the performances (40-45mins)


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