7 p.m., Dec. 5)
Young Players serve up a pair of aces
Amazing Fairy Tale Race' featured the talents of the Orléans Young Players Act
1 class. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Young Players Act I and Act II classes took to the Orléans Theatre stage Saturday
night to present their year end productions.
up was the Act I class which presented a hilarious spoof on fairy tales called
"The Amazing Fairy Tale Race" in which the great-great-great-great granddaughters
of the Brothers Grimm get the key back to their fairy tale machine which had been
out of commission for over 300 years.
it turns out, the key was stolen by the Wicked Queen from "Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs" fame, who uses it to visit the "real world" and
go on shopping sprees.
White steals the key from the Wicked Queen when she's not looking and brings it
to Gwendolyn and Gloria Grimm so they can make new Fairy Tales and remake some
of the old ones.
life is sooooo boring. I have to eat the same poisoned apple, over and over again,
and get kissed by the same ugly prince, and clean up after those slobby dwarfs.
I need some adventure in my life," she explains to them.
sisters, on the other hand, see the key as opportunity to make lots of money.
be rich," they exclaim.
the Wicked Queen has dispatched the fairy tale characters to the four corners
of the globe to try and find the key. Jack and Jill are sent to Scotland, Tinkerbell
and Pinocchio are sent to Egypt and Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and the Fairy
Godmother are whisked off to Paris.
long the Wicked Queen finds out the Sisters Grimm have the key and she assembles
her gang of fairy tale characters at the Grimm's house to get it back. Unfortunately
for the Wicked Queen, things don't work out according to plan and she's banished
from the real world forever and is forbidden to have anymore beauty products.
Amazing Fairy Tale Race" was the second production for many of the students
in the Act I class who are in the second year at OYP. Their stage presence is
much improved since last year when they performed "The Pirates of Narnia".
Abbott did a wonderful job as the Wicked Queen and Brianna Bettencourt was a superb
Snow White, but it was the scene in which she played a French shoe store salesperson
with an attitude that was particularly funny.
Contal also did a great job delivering puns like, "I'm a little sheepish.",
"Get away from her ewe.", and "Stop trying to pull the wool over
our eyes." with dead pan perfection.
rest of the cast included Olivia Campagna as Sleeping Beauty, Laurence DaNova
as Pinocchio, Petra Hohenstein as Tinkerbell, Cristina Wood as the Fairy Godmother,
Meranda Nolan as Cinderella, Sameer Rati as the Mummy, Adrienne Pearce as Gwendolyn
Grimm and Maggie Sherwin as Gloria Grimm.
"The Amazing Fairy Tale Race", it was the Act II class' turn to take
the stage with their play "Among TheMall" about a bunch of kids who
thwart a robbery after getting locked inside a mall.
I can say is that Pierre Olivier Guerette is quickly becoming my favourtie actor
at OYP. Last year, Guerette played a loud and child unfriendly camp director in
"The Wrong Camp!". In "Among TheMall" he plays a loud and
child unfriendly mall owner.
is one of those natural born actors who commands you're attention every time he
set foot on the stage and not just because of his loud voice. He has a natural
affinity for the environment that is impossible to teach.
strong performances were turned in by Cody Maurice as Bobby the break dancer from
the Bronx whose energy level is seldom below a nine and Amanda Ricketts as Lizzie
the English exchange student.
rest of the cast included Melissa Cochrane, Emma Hoch, Andreas Hohenstein, Meagan
Schroeder, Jake Dangerfield, Hannah Rundal and Amanda Ricketts.
"The Amazing Fairy Tale Race", the script was well written and showcased
the talents of the young actors superbly. It was also very funny which is a credit
to Andrea Cochrane, who teaches both classes, and the students who provided he
inspiration and ideas for most of the material.
third and final instalment in OYP's holiday trilogy takes place this Friday and
Saturday when the Christmas Classic class presents "The Snow Queen and Friends".
time Friday night is 7 p.m., while Saturday's performance is a matinee offering
starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 each at the door.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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