Time to get ready for this year’s performance a Tale as Old as Time. As the title suggests it does have a bit of Beauty and the Beast in it. The whole show’s theme, is about prejudice in the fairy tale world. Another idea derived from good old Trump! It is the year for women, people of colour, race, creed, gender and animal or beast to stand up for their rights! We will not be discriminated against! Since the whole cast is disabled or special needs we are standing up for us too!
Let’s have a breakdown of the actual show. The Narrator is a dragon. Not just any old dragon, but one that is actually a prince, who couldn’t see past his own bigotry. He tells many stories found in fairy tales and fables where prejudice is not the best path to living Happily Ever After.
The first story finds all of Snow White’s princess friends coming together for a Ladies Night Out in the 7 Dwarfs little home. Each princess comes out and tells about how rough it is to find the right prince for them if they live in a tower with no doors, like Rapunzel or lose a slipper at a ball, or have a Beast for a room mate. Former mermaid without a voice or sign language to communicate make getting the prince an issue and so does the webbed feet of a frog who wants a kiss.
The next story is the classic The Ugly Duckling done in song and puppets!
Then we switch things up a bit and go to a Talk Show with Dr. Dilemma, who tries to get the audience involved in the problems of 7 dire princes, who need help with their love lives. A prince who can’t get into a casket because 7 dwarfs are guarding it. Prince Charming who can’t find the owner of the glass slipper in his hands. A Beast trying to win over his Beauty, a prince who can’t get in a Tower, a prince who can’t find his love who saved him from a shipwreck and a Frog Prince who can’t get the girl to kiss him. Then we can’t leave out Mulan, who is unjustly tormented because she is a girl who can do everything a man can, except get the man. Of course the audience, who hopefully knows all the stories, gives the group the answers with the help of Dr. Dilemma.
The next is the fable of The Lion and the Mouse. In this story, size does and doesn’t matter, which the Lion King of Beast finally learns when, Mighty Mike the mouse, helps him get out of a net tossed over him by man.
Speed Dating at the Dungeon Bar and Grill is a fun look at all the Male and Female Villains in love matches, where they are thrown together to see if they can be a match made in Heaven or H………..
First we have Gru (who was in our Mirror in a previous show) and The Wicked Queen from Snow White.
Then we have Cruella DeVille and the Big Bad Wolf. A match made in canine Heaven? Perhaps as they Tango throughout the rest of the play until the end where the same two actors are actually Beauty and the Beast.
Then we have an interesting pairing with King Shark and Ursula the sea witch. King Shark says: I say we take this party to another level. Sea level that is.So I guess they are copacetic.
Jafar and Maleficent are next. trying to one up one another with who has the largest head gear and staff. They eventually take off on his magic carpet.
Next comes in the Wicked Witch of the West who sees her sister’s feet with the ruby red slippers. Wicked Witch of the West is about to leave, when Darth Vader shows up with definite breathing problems when he sees the black/green love of his life. They take off in his Tie Fighter.
The Joker shows up and is met by Harley Quinn, who is finally fed up with his cruelty, and sets him straight. SHE leaves him to fend for himself with the crocodile (a clock in his mouth) from Captain Hook.
Of course the Last two are then Captain Hook himself and Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy is green like Peter Pan and somehow starts to grow on Hook, until the crocodile and Poison Ivy start chasing him until the end on the show.
Then we leave the Dungeon and have the song about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Who could be more prejudiced against poor Rudy with his nose so bright!!
Finally comes the story about the narrator himself who is stuck out in the rain clinging to a castle turret. His story involved him being turned into a dragon, because he was not very nice to a princess in a kingdom far away. He just thought too much of himself, like his father. So the princess’s mother who was a sorceress (of course) turns him into a dragon. The turret belongs to the castle of his father (where else is he going to go?) Then one night a girl shows up in the rain at the castle doors. She claims to be a princess, and of course the Queen doesn’t believe it. Now we have the story of the Princess and the Pea. In the end the prince and princess come together with the help of a medallion, which lets him change into a dragon or man at will.
The story ends with a Ball at the Beasts castle. Get up and dance with me. Music is heard throughout the show, which is both very contemporary and poignant.
Queen , King and Princess
Let’s go to the Dance….
Beauty and the Beast at their Ball do the Tango of course!
Prince and Sleeping Beauty
Here we are being given a grant from RTO-ERO Retired Teacher’s of Ontario, of $4000.00 in September 2017. With the money, we purchased a new travel lighting system, that we can use at various venues. A show like ours costs about $10,000.00 each year. We also received other sponsorships from local businesses. NWMO (Nuclear Waste Management Ontario) gave us another huge amount of $2000.00 for travel expenses, so we will be able to go to Sault Ste. Marie and perform.
The following businesses & individuals have also helped us: Manitoba Road Animal Hospital, Milltown Motors, Ford, John and Cathy Petrosky, Ulo Malmiste, Algom Insurance Adjusters, ELNOS, Arnold Dentistry, and Melanie’s Liquidation. A great Thank you to all our Sponsors, we couldn’t do this without you.
Cast with new Dragon T-shirts!
Ashtin Trudeau (Stage Manager)
Liz Kanski- Director
Bill Goymer – Helper
Anita Goymer- sound
Les Ingram- Driver
Cora Richer and Cathy Petrosky – Costumes dresser
Dave LaSalle- Projector
Travis and Bill Goymer -Lighting
Donna Poutney- Helper Ela LaSalle-swan and duck puppets
Tammy Atherton-Dragonn Sets-Mike Lackie Sound- Joe Kanski
Sets, Dragon Puppet, Script, voices etc- Liz Kanski
2. Girls Night Out
Frog Princess Bubbles- Keanna
Captain Li Shang- Adam
3. Ugly Duckling Puppets:(3-4 people) Henry, Rhianna, Bill, Tasha
Dr. Dilemma- Liz
Snow White Prince Ferdinand-Ashtin
Beast/ Prince Adam- Barry
Joker outfit whole- Henry Frog-Henry
Sleeping Beauty Prince Philip-Ian
5. Lion and the Mouse Lion -Anita Mouse-Rhianna Tasha Net
6. Dungeon Bar and Grill
Gru-Adam Snow White Queen- Melissa
King Shark-Ian Ursula-Lynn
Jafar-CJ Maleficent- Dakota
Cruela di Vil-Tyrina Big Bad Wolf- Barry
Darth Vader-Collin Wicked Witch of West-Leslee
Captain Hook-Roddy Poison Ivy/Pan-Denise
Joker- Henry Harley Quin-Tasha
7. Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer– Ashtin
8. Dragon and the Princess
Dragon (3 people) _Tammy, Liz
Princess Gloria- Tasha
9. Finale Dance
Prince Adam- Barry Belle-Tyrina ( Change) Tangoing in
Dragon Prince Noland -Collin Tasha- Princess Gloria
King- Adam Queen- Lynn
Jafar- CJ Maleficent- Dakota
Hook- Roddy Ivy- Denise /Anita/Emma Chasing each other around
Prince Philip- Ian (Change) Aurora- Melissa (Change)
Prince Ferdinand- Ashtin Cinderella- Leslee
Ariel- Rhianna with tail? Dr. D. Liz
Bubbles- Keanna and Band with Henry as Joker and Frog