12:30 p.m., Nov. 29)
holiday production a treat for all ages
By Fred Sherwin
is thrilled when she sees her Christmas gift
which she names Clara in the Orleans Young
Players Theatre School production of 'The
Nutcracker'. Fred Sherwin/Photo
On a weekend filled with plenty to see and do to get you
in the holiday spirit, none is more guaranteed to put
a smile on your face than the Orleans Young Players Theatre
School production of "The Nutcracker".
a highly talented lead cast and a collection of the cutest
little mice and sugar plum fairies you will ever see,
the OYPTS production is one of those must see events during
every holiday season.
now most people are familiar with the tale about the nutcracker,
the toy soldier and the ballerina who come to life in
a young girl's dream about the Suigar Plum Fairy and the
Land of Sweets.
those of you who aren't familiar with the story, Marie
and her younger brother Fritz are visited on Christmas
Eve by their Uncle Drosselmeyer who is a magician and
gives each of them a toy; a ballerina for Marie, and a
toy soldier for Fritz. He then gives them a third present,
a handsome nutcracker, which the two children fight over.
the same night, after everyone else has gone to bed, Marie
sneaks into the parlour to check on the nutcraker which
she has taken a liking to. The room is immediately filled
with mice and the Christmas tree grows until it dwarfs
Marie. The ballerina, the toy soldier and the nutcracker
then come to life and a battle ensues between the mice,
led by the Mouse King, and the toy soldier and the nutcracker.
when it appears the Mouse King has gained the upperhand,
Marie causes a distraction by throwing her slipper at
him allowing the nutcracker to kill him. As the mice retreat,
the nutcracker turns into a handsome prince and brings
Marie and the other characters to his kingdom in the Land
the way they are visited by dancing snowflakes and the
North Wind. Before long they arrive at the Land of Sweets
where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy who has
been ruling the kingdom in the Prince's absence.
celebrate the Prince's return a massive party is held
with sweets aplenty. As the party concludes, the audience
is transported back to the original parlour where Marie
is found sleeping with the nutcraker in her arms and the
ballerina and toy soldier close by her side. When she
awakes she tells them about her dream and they all share
a good laugh.
the OYP's all ages adaptation of "The Nutcracker",
Uncle Drosselmeyer is actually Auntie Drosseleyer; Marie
throws her doll Gertrude instead of her slipper at the
Mice Queens who are defeated without being killed; and
Land of Sweets is inhabited by several endearing characters
including Tooti-Frutti, Bonbon, Taffy and Butterscotch.
production including all of the performances are top notch.
In particular, Sylvia Glenn is superb as Frau Drosselmeyer
and Karen Bolt is wonderful as the Sugar Plum Fairy, but
the real stars of the play in my humble opinion are Lauren
Jane Hudson and David Corrigan as Marie and Fritz. Corrigan
also does double duty as a fiddler.
rest of the lead cast is rounded out by Sara Remillard
and Sebastien Melbourne as the mother and father; Jarrad
Haas as the toy soldier; Henry Wells as the Nutcracker/
Prince; Audrey Matheson as Clara the doll; Danielle Pabstel
as Bittersweet the Gatekeeper; Heather Glenn and Michaela
Yu as Butterscotch and Taffy; Charity Wessel and Sydney
Maloney as Tutti-Frutti and Bob Bon; and Faith Girvan
and Steve Ryan as Minstrel and Maestro Sweet.
Orleans Young Players Theatre School production of "The
Nutcracker" can be seen in the Richcraft Theatre
at the Skenkman Arts Centre this Saturday and Sunday.
Curtain time both days is 2:30 p.m. Tickets available
at the door.
wakes up from her dream as her mother and
father, Frau Drossekmyer and her brother Fritz
look on in the Orleans Young Players Theatre
School production of 'The Nutcracker'. Fred
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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