The AlliHippoRhino-

Based on the 1976 Kaleidoscope Production
Directed and Adapted by BARBARA POGGEMILLER

A theatrical adventure for young audiences using poetry, music, and movement to explore the wonder of nature, sound, and colour in an exuberant theatrical celebration!

March 7- 16, 2024 • The Roxy Theatre
This Production is Closed

About the Show

In the Garden in the backyard

Every leaf is growing green

There are butterflies and great big bugs

And little bugs that cannot be seen.  

We’ve dug deep into the Kaleidoscope Archives to bring back our internationally acclaimed and beloved production of The AlliHippoRhinoCrocodiligator! A theatrical adventure for young audiences using poetry, music, and movement to explore the wonder of nature, sound, and colour in an exuberant theatrical celebration. Join us for an exciting adventure full of laughter, fun and music! Journey from our very own backyard to the seashore in this high energy original musical that celebrates the wonders of the world around us. You’ll be singing and dancing along in no time! Fun for the Whole Family! 

  • Age Recommendations: Suitable for All Ages
  • Running Time: ~45 Minutes with NO Intermission


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The AlliHippoRhinoCrocodilligator is based on the original 1976 Kaleidoscope production and the 1978 Kaleidoscope Album of the same title featuring original and found material by Elizabeth Gorrie and actor/creators Danny Costain, Paul Liittich, Ralph Cole and Barbara Poggemiller. 

Performance Schedule

  • Friday, March 8 – 7pm (Opening Night)
  • Saturday, March 9 – 11am
  • Saturday, March 9 – 2pm
  • Sunday, March 10 – 11am
  • Sunday, March 10 – 2pm
  • Friday, March 15 – 4pm – After School Special
  • Friday, March 15 – 7pm – Pajama Party Night
  • Saturday, March 16 – 11am
  • Saturday, March 16 – 2pm

Pajama Party Night – Dress the kids (and maybe yourself!) in their favourite jammies, and come on down to the theatre for the ultimate bedtime story with Kaleidoscope and our special Pajama Party evening show. (Pajamas optional!)

After School Special – Remember racing home from school to watch your favourite TV show? Now you can relive the thrill of childhood nostalgia with our ‘After School Special”. Bring the kids after school, grab your seats and enjoy a complimentary snack (while supplies last), for the ultimate LIVE experience.


Are you a School Group? Visit our Educator Page to book tickets for our special day-time School Matinee program, or contact our Education Department for all the details.

Listen to Songs from Our 1978 Cast Recording


*All Kaleidoscope productions are created, managed, presented, and performed by adult professionals. 


Antony Knight

Cast and Music Director

Andrea Lemus

A Photo of Sass Murphy. She has Red Hair and is Smiling.

Sass Murphy


Barbara Poggemiller


Emma Dickerson

Lighting Design

Taylor MacKinnon

Stage Manager
Emily Friesen

Emily Friesen

Set, Props, and Costume Design

George Scott

Production Manager

Why We Chose This Story

With great excitement and heartfelt enthusiasm, we revisit the acclaimed production The AlliHippoRhinoCrocodilligator for Kaleidoscope Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season. As we delved into our archives, it became evident that this beloved and internationally acclaimed production perfectly still embodies the spirit of our theatre to this day. From its inception on the Kaleidoscope stage in 1976, this theatrical masterpiece has delighted audiences with its enchanting play-acting, clever wordplay, and sheer exuberance.

On a personal note, it was also the first Kaleidoscope production I saw during its first revival in the 90's.

The AlliHippoRhinoCrocodilligator is not merely a performance; it is a celebration of the wonders of art and imagination. Through poetry, music, and vibrant visual imagery, this captivating play invites audiences of all ages to explore the magic of words, sounds, and colors. With laughter, music, and pure joy, we promise an unforgettable journey, igniting the hearts of both the young and the young-at-heart. Join us in this extraordinary adventure, as we pay homage to our organization's history and share the splendour of The AlliHippoRhinoCrocodiligator with you in a truly unforgettable experience.

- Pat Rundell
Executive & Artistic Director