Young Company

How to Code A Sancastle



This year the Thousand Islands Playhouse Young Company is going digital! A livestreamed performance of How to Code a Sandcastle will be offered from October 18-29, with two performance options per day. Each show will be aired through the streaming service Vimeo and will include a talk back with the actors in which you (and your students) can submit questions via chat that will be answered in real time after the show!


$30.00 per classroom screening

Recommended for grades K-4. Available for in-person or remote learning.

To book, call 613-382-7020
OR click here to book online

About How to Code A Sandcastle

It’s the last day of summer and Pearl has a genius plan. Pearl spent her vacation learning how to code and today she’s going to code her brand new robot Pascal to build the most awesome sandcastle ever. Robot + coding = mega sandcastle glory! If only it was that easy… Pearl’s canine sidekick Ada is pretty woofed that Pascal is soaking up Pearl’s attention, Pascal has never seen sand before let alone built a sandcastle, and all the things Pearl learned in coding class are a little trickier than she remembered. But Pearl is persistent and learns to break her sandcastle-y problems into smaller steps using sequences, loops, and ‘if then else’ conditionals to code Pascal and build the sandcastle of her dreams, and inspire her dog and robot to become besties along the way!

From the computer science non-profit Girls Who Code, Josh Funk’s bestselling children’s book How to Code a Sandcastle uses humour to introduce kids to the world of computer coding. Celebrated playwright Paula Wing (The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate, YoCo 2018) has adapted the book into a production full of laughs, music, and positive messaging about girls excelling in computer science. Ideal for students K – Grade 4.


About The Young Company

Since 1997, The Thousand Islands Playhouse Young Company has been bringing high-calibre theatre to young people across Eastern Ontario. It provides a wonderful introduction to live performance for school-aged children and promotes the wonders of reading, singing, storytelling, and dance through the magic of theatre. The company performs in libraries, schools, parks, and more – anywhere with an eager audience!

The TIP Young Company employs a troupe of young professionals, providing them with first-hand experience in all aspects of theatre, including professionally led workshops and master classes. The program serves as a launching pad for emerging artists to break into the theatre industry.

Photos by Tim Fort.

Cover photo: Madison Hayes-Crook in Rose’s Clothes (2015). Directed by Rob Kempson; Set Designed by Anna Treusch; Costumes Designed by Jayne Christopher.

Left photo: Jacob MacLeod, Sarah Reny, and Megan Carty in Violet’s Piolet (2016). Directed by Rob Kempson; Assistant directed by Pascale Behrman; Set Designed by Anna Treusch; Costumes Designed by Jayne Christopher