(Posted Nov. 24, 2018)
Caravan a whimsical journey through storyland
By Fred Sherwin
Ottawa School of Theatre is putting on their holiday season
production this weekend and if you enjoy fairtytales you
will defintely enjoy their whimsical take on some old
classis as well as few original stories.
Fairytale Caravan opens with a group of fairies searching
for the Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm who are hiding
somewhere in the audience and the only way to bring them
out of hiding is to tell a fairy tale. The rest of the
play unfolds in a series of vignettes.
wicked witch lures Hansel, Gretel and Ouna
into her house in the Ottawa School of Theatre
production of The Fairytale Caravan.
first vignette is based on the Oscar Wild fairy tale The
Selfish Giant in which a giant builds a wall around his
garden to keep the children out. With no more children
in the garden it becomes the home for the North Wind,
Frost and Snow who stay their year round.
that his garden is always covered in snow and is no loger
visited by spring or summer, the Giant falls into a deep
drepression. Then one day he hears a noise and see's that
the children have crawled throgh a hole in the wall and
are playing in the trees and with them spring has returned,
he is watching the children from his tower the Giant notices
that there is one small child sitting in the corner of
the garden and all around him it is still winter because
he is too small to climb into the tree.
the small boy the Giant realizes how selfish he has been
and he goes down into the garden to help the boy climb
into the tree and its branches immediately begin to blosson.
the weeks and months that follow, the children return
to play in the giant's garden, all except for one , the
small boy the Giant once helped.
pass until the boy finally returns. Overjoyed the Giant
runs down to meet his first young friend notices that
he has wounds in his hands and feet.
hast doth this to you," demands the Giant, to which
the boy explains they are wounds of love.
the Giant asks the boy who he is an awe falls over him
and he drops to his knees. "You let me play once
in your garden, today you will come to me in my garden,
which is paradise."
the other children come to the garden, the yougn boy is
gone and the Giant is lying dead under the tree, covered
in white blossoms.
other vignettes include Hansel, Gretel and Oona,
Jack and the Beanstalk, The Pied Piper,
Puss 'N Boots, The King's Breakfast, The
Wizard, the Fairy and the Magic Chicken and Chicken
Noodle Fairy Tale Soup.
personal favourites where Puss 'N Boots and Chicken
Noodle Fairy Tale Soup which, as far as I can tell,
is an original piece.
are more than 56 students in the cast, over a third of
whom are under the age of 12, which directing the play
like wrangling a litter of very cute kittens.
cast also includes some "old" veterans whi have
appeared in the holiday production year after year after
year like Lennis Poupore, Elizabeth Vroom and Addy Braham.
to OST artistic director Kathi Langston for coming up
with a cohesive concept that includes so many characters
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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