shows: Kolourful Kapers launches 2012 playbill .........
Spotlight Theatre’s first production for the year is a ‘‘sparkly’’ adventure for the whole family, writes
BRINGING colourful characters from her imagination to life has been a labour of love for actress and director Kate Tardy.
Tardy came up with the idea for Spotlight’s latest production, Kolourful Kapers, several years ago – as an adult political comedy until Tardy realised the show could be modified for a younger audience.
The resulting story follows evil Queen Insomnia, who must weave a quilt using the magical hues of The Rainbow Colours.
The Colours are imprisoned in her dungeon and as the quilt is woven, colour disappears from The Land of Imagination.
Help arrives in the form of Poppy, a sweet young girl with a digital camera – an item banned in Imagination, because when a photo is taken and deleted, the person also disappears. Poppy must photograph and delete Queen Insomnia to release The Rainbow Colours and save the day.
‘‘The idea came from a play I wrote some time ago called Colour My World,’’ Tardy says.
‘‘It had to be seriously modified to appeal to a younger audience and set to music.’’
Kat Lardner plays Queen Insomnia, Ashley Tardy is Gummy the strange fairy, Lewis Treston is Sir Nigel Decoupage and The Godmother is played by Angel Emanuelli.
The show’s ensemble characters are played by Spotlight’s senior youth theatre students.
‘‘The costumes are strange and wonderful – extremely colourful – and compliment each character’s personality,’’ Tardy says.
Kolourful Kapers plays Spotlight Theatre tomorrow , Sunday, Monday and January 10-13 at 10.30am and Saturday and January 14 at 11am.
(From left) Ashley Tardy, Michael Gallegos and Terri Woodfine in Kolourful Kapers
The show includes some ‘‘challenging lighting’’ effects which Tardy admits were tough to but out in the small theatre.
‘‘We’ve used props such as sparklers to represent the fire fairies and UV lighting for another dance number,’’ she says.
‘‘The real highlight for me is when you see the reaction of the children as each character makes an appearance. ‘‘I love to watch their faces.’’ The show is suitable for children four years and older.