A fam­ily ad­ven­ture

‘The Mag­i­cal Maple Leaf Mys­tery’ is an all-ages show run­ning in the Car­riage House of Bea­cons­field His­toric House un­til Aug. 14

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SALLY COLE

‘The Mag­i­cal Maple Leaf Mys­tery’ is an all-ages show run­ning in the Car­riage House of Bea­cons­field His­toric House un­til Aug. 14.

The lit­tle girl in the front row clicks the heels of her pink Crocs to­gether as she waits for the Bea­cons­field Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val to be­gin.

“I’m ex­cited to see the show about the miss­ing leaf,” says Clare Kasycz of Char­lot­te­town.

She is one of the dozen or so chil­dren in the au­di­ence at the Car­riage House in Char­lot­te­town ear­lier this month tak­ing in a per­for­mance of “The Mag­i­cal Maple Leaf Mys­tery.” The show runs Mon­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days un­til Aug. 14.

And the three-and-half yearold has come with high ex­pec­ta­tions.

“I think there’s go­ing to be singing and danc­ing.”

When the show starts, she set­tles back into her seat. And for the next hour her at­ten­tion is riv­eted on the on­stage ac­tion of Big G (Graeme Zinck) and Rose (Rachel Farmer) of R& G In­ves­ti­ga­tions as they probe the dis­ap­pear­ance of the red maple leaf from the Cana­dian flag.

In their in­ves­ti­ga­tions they meet and ques­tion a va­ri­ety of colour­ful sus­pects, in­clud­ing a tree from 1767, John A. Mac­Don­ald from 1867 and hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk from 1967 along with a furry new friend, Justin Beaver.

It’s all part of a new mu­si­cal by An­drew Zinck and Sandy Zinck that fol­lows these young de­tec­tives as they solve the mys­tery as well as ex­plore Cana­dian history through the magic of a time ma­chine.

The mag­i­cal show was cre­ated with the whole fam­ily in mind.

“We try to de­sign the show so that very, very small chil­dren can take away some­thing from the ex­pe­ri­ence. So they par­tic­i­pate and they dance,” says co-cre­ator Sandy.

Filled with orig­i­nal chore­og­ra­phy by Wanda Nay­lor and catchy songs like Hockey, What a Game and More Than a Leaf to Me, by An­drew Zinck, the chil­dren are ea­ger to dance and sing along.

See maple leaf mys­tery, C2

SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN

Ac­tors in “The Mag­i­cal Maple Leaf Mys­tery” take a break fol­low­ing a re­cent per­for­mance. From left are Time Vor­tex (Amanda Lip­ton), Tree (Ni­cholas Lip­ton), Rose (Rachel Farmer) and Big G (Graeme Zink). The mu­si­cal con­tin­ues un­til Aug. 14 at the Car­riage House in Char­lot­te­town. It’s part of the Bea­cons­field Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val.

SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN

Clare Kasycz and her friends, Bent­ley Lubrick, left, and Ri­ley Lubrick, take in a per­for­mance of “The Mag­i­cal Maple Leaf Mys­tery” at the Car­riage House.

SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN

Co-cre­ators of “The Mag­i­cal Maple Leaf Mys­tery” are ex­cited to be back at the Bea­cons­field Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val once again this sum­mer. For the past five years, they have mounted an orig­i­nal mu­si­cal at the Car­riage House. From left are An­drew Zink, mu­sic/lyrics/script writer, Wanda Nay­lor, chore­og­ra­phy, and Sandy Zink, di­rec­tor/scriptwriter.

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