About Us

Wide Open Children’s Theatre is dedicated to producing high quality, artistic puppet performances that entertain mom and dad as much as the kids!  

Founded in 2001 by Kristi Friday and Crispi Lord we have been around the block and across the country with our muppet stye puppets.    Now run by Artistic Director/Head Puppet Wrangler Crispi Lord we’ve entertained for countless thousands across Saskatchewan and Alberta. We are professional actor/creators dedicated to our craft and we teach too!   All of the puppets we perform with are designed and built by the company.

Who are we?
Wide Open is run by Crispi Lord, Head Puppet Wrangler, Puppeteer, Director, Wearer of all the Hats with the guidance of our Board of Directors.

Crispi Lord

Crispi is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre as well as the University of Saskatchewan’s acting program. She has performed with fine Saskatchewan theatres including: Dancing Sky Theatre, Gateway, Off-Broadway Dinner Theatre and Pauper Etiquette Theatre. She is a Co-Creator of Wide Open and of Pauper Etiquette Theatre Company and was a founding member of the Live Five theatre Series in Saskatoon. Crispi has performed puppet shows all over Canada with Wide Open and is always excited to put on the big foam mittens to entertain children of all ages!

We utalize the tallents of many puppeteers, puppet builders, playwrites and performers!  Past performers include: Jacklyn Green, Kristi Friday, Sky Brandon, Clare Middleton, Joshua Beaudry, Kyle Kuchirka, S.E. Grummet, Shelby Lynne Lowe, Andrew Taylor, Graham Kent, Morgan Murray, Danielle Spilchen, Nathan Coppens, Michael, Steponchev, Jenna Berenbaum, Lauren Allen, Rohan Keenan, Alyssa Billingsley, Felix LeBlanc, just to name a few.  The list is long and full of tallented people we love!


We perform just about everywhere – schools, preschools, daycares, birthday parties,community events, company functions, and we do puppet workshops for for all ages. We also put on our own season of family entertainment that takes place in Saskatoon at the Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre (609 Dufferin Ave).  

Contact us via email:

infoATwideopen.ca (replace the AT with @) 

To book a show by phone, or reserve tickets call or TEXT:306.683.9460

We have 3 addresses!
Puppet Workshop: 2410 Richardson Road, Bay C, Saskatoon, SK
Saskatoon Performances: 609 Dufferin Ave. Saskatoon,SK
Mailing address: please email us for our mailing address

Wide Open has a puppet workshop for community performances: 2410 Richardson Road, Bay C.  This space is available for birthday parties and field trips!

Support us and our puppetry journey!  Check out our Patreon page.

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