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OYP Act III class delivers delightful 'Tale of Two Twins'
By Fred Sherwin
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Ruby Dumas as Prince Ella reacts to being offered plum pudding as the Royal Chef, played by Melinda Theriault looks on, during the OYP Act III production of 'A Tale of Two Twins' on Wednesday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

As a father of twin boys, I know firsthand that being twins has its fair share of ups and downs. In the Orleans Young Players Act III production of "A Tale of Two Twins", the two main characters take the trials and tribulations of being twins to an entire new level.

The play opens with four cousins deciding to play an imginary game where they each come up with their own characters.

The story centres around Queen Stella of Dagudlan and her twin sister Princess Ella. Stella is tired of all the responsibilities of being Queen and simply wants to be able to fly like a bird, while Ella desparately wants to wear the crown which would have been her's if not for the fact that she was born one minute after her sister.

Surrounding the principal players are Geraldine, the Royal Maid; Angela, the Royal Dresser; Harriet, the Royal Chef; Rogue, the Royal Jester; and Douglas the Household Steward.. Last but not least there's Arthur the stable boy, who Ella convinces to help undertake a dastardly plan to lock her sister in the palace dungeon so that she can take over as Queen.

When the Queen escapes with the help of Arthur who's actually a foreign prince, Ella is found out when she is served her sister's favourite dessert -- plum pudding -- which she is allergic too. In the end, Stella abdicates her crown and gives it to Geraldine, the Royal Maid, who agrees to marry the prince. Harriet, the Royal Chef, gets over her fear of making cheese cake and Angela , the Royal Dresser, can make new clothes for the Royal couple.

At one point during the play we learn that one of the cousins is worried that her parents are going to get divorced. The imaginary story becomes a metaphor about the fear of traumatic changes in one's life.

Underlying the story is the message that "change doesn't mean the end, it just means carrying on differently".

The play itself was written by Act III instructor and the play's director Alan Jeans, who based the story on James Reaney 's "Listen to the Wind".

But as good as the storyline was, it was the perfoirmances of the cast members that brought it to life. Meaghen Schroeder and Ruby Dumas were excellent as Stella and Ella as was Allana Eberlee, who played the Rogue the Royal Jester.

I also enjoyed Judy Torburg, as the Royal Dresser, and Allie Davidson, who played Geraldine, the Royal Maid and new Queen.

Rounding out the wonderful cast were Brad Hart, who played Douglas the Household Steward; Karl Buehrle who played Arthur; Melinda Theriault who played Harriet, the Royal Chef; and Lauren Massie, Marc-Alexandre Hudson, Emma Clarkin and Alison Snell who played the four cousins.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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