"Gornistoccle, Kvetchacolli, Schlamelmanella, Tukishtollitis and
Scmoozlavitis! Whatever could these be!?! Just some real bad
viruses that can give you the Sweezes."
The Snot-Gobbler is a magical, witty, linguistic, SLIME covered
story encompassing the oft-avoided conversation about
children and families coping with serious illness and loss.
Gotten-Gitten Von Schnauzelburger is a man made miserable by the
grief of having lost the love of his life, Mary. His sadness is so
great that he begins to find the joy and laughter of others,
especially children, unbearable. With the unwitting help of the son
he created, Robot Boy, Gotten-Gitten turns his intelligence to
making viruses that produce large amounts of snot so that his
Snot-Gobbler can then wipe the smiles off children's faces.
Rosie Petal, the heroine of our story is a nine-year-old girl
who hasn't spent a day ill in her life despite Gotten-Gitten's best
efforts. When The Snot-Gobbler manages to steal the smile of
Rosie's younger brother, she knows that she must go and get it
back! Rosie, is brave but every hero needs a sidekick and Rosie
finds hers in the form of an old she spider with a particular love
for fermented potato juice and an omnipotent knowledge of the grief
that Gotten-Gitten, Robot Boy, and Rosie are all attempting to cope
with in their own way. The story culminates into a harrowing
adventure with an ending that will leave the audience on its toes
and possibly covered in snot…we mean SLIME!
The Snot-Gobbler is the magical debut puppet show for Chocolate
Lantern Theatre Company. Founded by Nicci Reuben and Dawn Glover in
early 2016. Chocolate Lantern not only wants to spread the love of
puppet, mask, and physical theatre to children throughout New
Zealand via unique and dynamic drama classes, they also want to be
a part of creating professional opportunities for the talented
performers who live here.
Nicci and her partner, Ross Goffin, began dreaming up the The
Snot-Gobbler many years ago, before they had moved country a couple
of times and had their two little girls. Through out the years the
characters of The Snot-Gobbler have stuck with them, morphing in
their minds, solidifying, and making bedtime story appearances.
When Nicci became a member of Navi Collaborative last year she
shared the story with us and we immediately wanted to be a part of
seeing her Snot-Gobbler goals through to fruition.
We need your help to #fundthemagic. By contributing to our
Boosted campaign you will allow us to cover the costs of the
materials that go into our puppets, our set, and vats of slime. By
supporting us you will make it possible for us to pay our actors,
designers, and technical crew. The Snot-Gobbler will premiere as a
part of the Rangatahi Season at Te Pou Theatre in New Lynn
(Auckland) the 19th-22nd of April. We are hoping that a successful
Boosted campaign will not only allow us to cover the costs of our
first season but that we will also be able to have a special
"relaxed performance" for children with Autism, and hold free
puppet making workshops for the children who come to see the show.
For more information about The Snot-Gobbler please visit navicollab.co.nz.