shows: Kolour­ful Kapers launches 2012 play­bill .........

Spot­light The­atre’s first pro­duc­tion for the year is a ‘‘sparkly’’ ad­ven­ture for the whole fam­ily, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAYCONTENTS - Kate Hick­son

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.

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