The Trollsons

Grampa Trollson
Grampa Trollson

Photo: Ying Wang, Mask: Melody Anderson

The Trollsons are a magical and comedic family of Trolls from the Canadian forest. The Trollsons have been entertaining at festivals and special events around Canada since 1995, as well as touring to Singapore, China, and Japan.

To book the Trollsons, call +1(604)875-8316 or email

Watch The Trollsons ROVING!

The Trollsons Roving Video


The Trollsons roving at the 2010 Vancouver Island Music Festival, shot by Edward Homer of Eco Films.

The incredible troll masks were made by award winning mask
designer Melody Anderson. The Trollsons are seen two at a time, though there are five characters, including four trolls and one reindeer!

The Trollsons have been strolling and entertaining audiences
since 1995. These extraordinary troll characters make mouths drop, and tourists flock to get their photos taken with them. We are roving characters, and tailor ourselves to each event. We read rune stones and predict the future, tell tall troll tales, matchmake, give herbal remedies, and generally cause mischief and merriment with cowbells, drum and accordion.

Please download our
TROLLSONS brochure.
Includes information on all of our acts.

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Also on Tour:
The One-Eyed Troll
and The Selkie

Originally commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival (Children's Component), the Trollsons present two new highly interactive story theatre plays, based on world folklore: The One-Eyed Troll and The Selkie.

The Selkie

Storyteller Lenard Stanga, Heidi Specht as the Selkie, Audience Member Milo Robinson
Photo: Michael Ford Photography
Mask: Melody Anderson


The One-Eyed Troll

Lenard Stanga as the One-Eyed Troll, Audience Member Milo Robinson
Photo: Michael Ford Photography
Mask: Melody Anderson

Audience members join in the action and become part of the unique storytelling style. The two tales are extremely portable, low-tech, and flexible, and have been performed in many environments, from large theatres with full technical support, to impromptu street performances. The shows can be performed individually or as a pair. With masks by award-winning designer Melody Anderson, the audience is taken on a journey around the world. Be careful, you might just get swept up into the action!

Download our printable brochure for
The One-Eyed Troll and The Selkie.

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Also on Tour:
The Trollsons are proud to present
the Pangaea Arts production of:


STORIES on WHEELS is an original street theatre storytelling act for the whole family. Tales are brought to life by a high-energy comic performer, using beautifully illustrated picture cards displayed in a magnificent miniature wooden stage attached to the back of a vintage bicycle.

Inspired by a traditional Japanese travelling storytelling show called Kamishibai (literally paper theatre), the show combines the best of oral storytelling and narrative painting. Featuring gorgeous illustrations by local artists, as well as traditional picture cards from Japan, several short stories are told with music, dramatic action, and audience interaction. As well, the audience gets to hear an amusing and informative history of the art form. You’ve never been told a story this way, before!

The show is extremely portable, low-tech, and flexible, and can be performed in a wide range of environments, from large theatres with full technical support, to classrooms, to impromptu street performances on a bit of grass or sidewalk.

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The Trollsons in THE STORYTELLER

THE STORYTELLER is a 50-minute indoor play suitable for ages 4 to 11. Join us for three truly interactive tales based on stories by Hans Christian Andersen, featuring live music, incredible masks, physical comedy, improvisation, and good old-fashioned troll trouble! Two actors play all of the characters, and are accompanied by a live musician.

The Trollsons in THE STORYTELLER Excerpts

Come deep into the forests of Scandinavia as four masked characters and a musician bring to life the folklore of trolls. It's Grandpa Trollson's 200th birthday party, but he refuses to come out of his tree stump to celebrate! With the help of some audience participants onstage, Grandpa cannot resist the power of storytelling.

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THE STORYTELLER had a very successful run at the 2009 Singapore International Children’s Festival, and has also been seen at the London (Ontario) Children’s Festival, Shanghai Children’s Festival, the China Puppet Theatre in Beijing, and throughout BC. The incredible troll masks were made by award winning mask designer Melody Anderson.

THE STORYTELLER is touring to BC schools and communities in 2010 and 2011.

The Storyteller is a co-production with the Trollsons and Pangaea Arts.

contact ArtStarts in Schools at (604)878-7144; toll-free: 1(888)878-7144.

What People Are Saying...

A unique show that engages and enthralls. The cleverness of their staging, the artistic flair and their inimitable talent make performing for young audiences seem easy and effortless.
Ruby Lim-Yang, Artistic Director , Singapore International Festival for Children

The Storyteller was presented as part of our Children’s Theatre Series. Their show delighted and engaged our audience and the masks were a true visual treat. I would highly recommend their production to anyone presenting children’s theatre and look forward to seeing them on our season offerings in the future.
Ted Harrison, Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

The students thoroughly enjoyed your production, especially the volunteering and interactive segments. It was a great idea “volunteering” a male staff member for the Princess Pea part! Thank you for a wonderful and very enjoyable performance!
Sandra Chan, Ranch Park Elementary, Coquitlam.

Thank you for bringing your delightful show to our town. We really appreciate you sharing your gifts with us.
Anne Eggart, Children's Showcase, Penticton

THE STORYTELLER was recently seen at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Kid's Series (October 2009), the Penticton Children's Showcase, and the Kamloops Young People’s Concert Series at the Sagebrush Theatre in Kamloops (January 2010), as well as schools throughout BC.

Quote du Jour

What your group does is really rare, and I feel quite lucky to have seen your oral storytelling.
My children have seen your wonderful shows at the last two Surrey Reads events ... and my son and myself LOVED the Selkie story as well as last year's Two Header.

Sara Grant
Manager of Youth Services for Surrey Public Library

The Trollsons have performed their roving, festival shows, and indoor children's theatre throughout BC and the Lower Mainland, and a few tours around the world! Here are some examples:

Shanghai International Children’s Festival
China Puppet Theatre (Beijing)
Singapore International Arts Festival
Canal City Fukuoka, Japan
Singapore International Children’s Festival
Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Calgary International Children’s Festival
London (Ontario) International Children’s Festival
Surrey Children's Festival
Nanaimo International Children’s Festival
Whistler Village (summer & winter)
Vancouver International Comedy Festival
Filberg Festival of the Arts, Comox
Nordic Festival, Libby, Montana
Harrison Festival of the Arts – Children’s Day
Qualicum Beach Family Day
Victoria First Night Festival
IKEA Family Day and Knut Celebrations
Sun Peaks Ski Resort
Faces of the World Festival, Coquitlam
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Semiahmoo Resort, Washington, USA
Private events: eg. Chief of Police 50th Birthday

Have a look at
Trollsons promotional photos.


To book the Trollsons, call +1 (604) 875-8316
or write to