South Shore Play­ers an­nual Christ­mas pro­duc­tion un­der­way

The Cater­pil­lar Tales a mu­si­cal romp through Won­der­land

South Shore Breaker - - Local - KATHY JOHN­SON kathy.john­[email protected]­

The stage is set for the South Shore Play­ers an­nual Christ­mas pro­duc­tion at the Lunen­burg Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, lo­cated at 19 Green St., with the pre­miere per­for­mance of The Cater­pil­lar Tales, be­ing pre­sented at five show­ings from Dec. 6 to 9.

Writ­ten, com­posed and di­rected by South Shore Play­ers pres­i­dent and found­ing mem­ber Jon Allen, The Cater­pil­lar Tales “is a mu­si­cal romp through won­der­land,” he said, that in­cludes 16 orig­i­nal songs, some bits of com­edy, fan­tas­tic cos­tumes, colour­ful char­ac­ters and imag­i­na­tive sets.

With char­ac­ters based on Lewis Car­roll’s Al­ice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land, in The Cater­pil­lar Tales, Al­ice has re­turned to Won­der­land, but things aren’t ex­actly the same as she re­mem­bers.

The crea­tures that she knew are act­ing dif­fer­ently. The Mad Hat­ter isn’t at his tea party, in­stead, he’s sit­ting on a wall where Humpty Dumpty usu­ally sits and the Wal­rus and the Car­pen­ter have both be­come al­ler­gic to shell­fish. Al­ice wants to get back home to the com­fort of her cozy bed, but the only per­son who can help her is the White Rab­bit. Un­for­tu­nately, Al­ice keeps miss­ing him. To make mat­ters worse, Al­ice is then put on trial af­ter evil Jack ac­cuses her of steal­ing the Queen of Hearts’ tarts.

Allen said when he started writ­ing The Cater­pil­lar Tales about three or four years ago, the story took off. The Cater­pil­lar Tales is a two-act play with the first half about 45 min­utes and the sec­ond half about 30. “It’s not a long show, but it moves along pretty quickly,” said Allen. “It’s been a joy to write and its been a joy to work with the cast. It should be a good show.”

Re­hearsals for the play started in mid Sep­tem­ber. About half the cast of 35 are “young­sters” in the nine to 17-age range, said Allen, with some of the young peo­ple in some of the lead parts. “I wanted to do that to give them a chance to re­ally shine,” said Allen. “I tried to mix it a lit­tle bit.”

About an­other 20 peo­ple are in­volved in the pro­duc­tion, in­clud­ing cos­tume mak­ers and a chore­og­ra­pher. Allen said its quite a process to con­vert the com­mu­nity cen­tre to a the­atre each year. Light­ing, which is cru­cial, is brought in from Hal­i­fax; the draperies need to be hung and a sound sys­tem read­ied. “The last three weeks are al­ways the hard­est,” said Allen. “Hope­fully at the end I will still be smil­ing.”

Show­times for The Cater­pil­lar Tales are Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. mati­nee per­for­mances on Dec. 8 and 9. “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the show,” said Allen. “I ap­pre­ci­ate every­body that is tak­ing part in it and mak­ing my dream come alive,” adding the ex­cit­ing part about writ­ing some­thing and writ­ing the songs is see­ing other peo­ple’s re­ac­tions and see­ing the char­ac­ters come alive.

The an­nual Christ­mas show is a fundraiser for the South Shore Play­ers. Tick­ets (Adults $ 20 and child $12) are avail­able on­line at www. SouthShore­play­ and in per­son at: Kin­ley’s Drugs, Lunen­burg; Kin­burn Phar­masave, Ma­hone Bay and the Phar­masave in Bridge­wa­ter. Tick­ets will also be avail­able at the door if it’s not a sell­out.

It’s not a long show, but it moves along pretty quickly. It’s been a joy to write and its been a joy to work with the cast. It should be a good show. Jon Allen


South Shore Play­ers

South Shore Play­ers

The White Rab­bit (Amelie Leefe) and The Queen of Hearts (Me­gan Spencer) re­hearse a scene from The Cater­pil­lar Tales. The “mu­si­cal romp through won­der­land” is the South Shore Play­ers an­nual Christ­mas pro­duc­tion this year. Be­ing held at the Lunen­burg Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 19 Green St.

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