Symphonic Storytellers raising curtain on new shows
They are the most enthusiastic choir we have ever had — so the music will be rollicking.
- Marcia O’neill, executive director, Symphonic Storytellers
Young actors and actresses who make up the Amazinkin troupe with Symphonic Storytellers in Carbonear are currently rehearsing for their next production.
Seventeen local children ages 610 are working on “Peg and the Whale.”
Marcia O’neill, executive director of Symphonic Storytellers, has adapted for the stage the book, which was written by Kenneth Oppel.
“A big strapping lass, Peg isn’t one to do things by half,” according to the book’s flyleaf. “By the time she is seven she figures it is high time she catches herself a whale, so she packs up her rod, says goodbye to her family and signs on the whaling ship, the Viper.”
For the play the group has adapted new lyrics for the traditional Newfoundland folk songs, Jack was Every Inch a Sailor and The Old Polina, according to the director.
Describing this group of kids as “the most enthusiastic choir we have ever had,” O’neill said, “so the music will be rollicking.”
They are also “very excited to have a boat on castors as part of the set. The number of set changes, from pigsty to cottage to castle to The Vatican, will present a bit of a challenge, but the kids are excited about doing some set painting.”
The first public performance is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, March 11 at the Knights of Columbus in Carbonear. Showtime is 2 p.m.
O’neill said the show will feature “lots of singing and dancing.”
Meanwhile, four members of the Community Group, made up of older kids, will stage the Grimms’ tale, The Fisherman and His Wife, that same day. Consumed by greed Setting the scene for the work, O’neill said, “the fisherman and his wife live in a pigsty by the sea. One day the fisherman catches a golden flounder, who claims to be an enchanted prince.”
The rest of the story plays on the perils of greed and the dangers of material living.
The fisherman kindly releases the flounder. But his wife orders him to go back and ask the flounder to grant her wish for a nice house instead of their hovel.
After having her first wish granted, the wife’s greed consumes her as her wishes become more and more extravagant.
Eventually she goes too far when she wishes to become equal to God. The flounder takes back everything it granted, and the fisherman and his wife wind up back in their hovel.
This will be the first performance for Symphonic Storytellers since their successful run of Bah Humbug, a New Christmas Carol in December 2011. Community theatre The Carbonear-based Symphonic Storytellers Inc. is a registered, not for profit organization. Its goal is “to provide as many programs as we can for local children — programs that deal with theatre and music,” said O’neill.
Starting out in 2008 as a theatre company for children, the people behind Symphonic Storytellers would like to see their organization evolve into an all-inclusive community theatre for all ages, hopefully, with as many adults as kids.
“The more people we can involve the better, particularly adults,” O’neill said in an earlier interview.
Members of Symphonic Storytellers’ Amazinkin troupe are busy rehearsing for their next production, “Peg and the Whale.” From left are: Rachel Snow, Anna Wilson, Leah Clarke, Kaitlyn Clarke, Becky Thomey, Brandi Davies, Emma Thomey and Robbie Davies.
Marcia O’neill is executive director of Symphonic Storytellers Inc.