You may not know the name Frank Meschkuleit, but the reception he receives when he walks out on stage could rival pop heavyweights like Justin Bieber and One Direction.
Frank is the voice of Toopy (the hyper half of Toopy and Binoo) and to the under-six set Toopy and Binoo is about as big as they come.
The animated series on Treehouse TV is the top-rated program for kids from two to six years old, having sold half a million DVDs in Canada alone.
Meschkuleit has been playing for a living for over 30 years and he’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Jim Henson, Frank Oz and that fuzzy blue superstar Elmo in the mid-‘80s while working as a puppeteer on Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock.
For over three decades, Frank has been one of the busiest puppeteers in Canada. He has worked from coast to coast in television and feature films as a puppeteer, voice-over artist, and special effects manipulator.
Recent credits include U.K. animated series Bookaboo (2012), The Thing (2011), Alien vs. Predator 2 and Steven Spielberg’s new TV project Falling Skies.
Frank appears in the live theatrical production of the hit show, Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon, this fall.
Toopy and Binoo will appear Sept. 11 in Courtenay at the Sid Williams Theatre at 3:30 and 6:30.
For details, visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.
— Paquin Entertainment Group