A classic tale sparked with a modern twist
By: Anna Borowiecki
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 06:00 am
The Princess and the Pea
Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.
Morinville Community Cultural Centre
9502 – 100 Avenue
Call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at www.tixonthesquare.ca
Puppets are so goofy looking, but they have a certain magical knack for coming to life and making us believe in their adventures.
“They are an extension of ourselves. Puppetry is really an art form that gives us the freedom and power to express ourselves and create stories that can go anywhere and can do anything,” says actress/director Kate Ryan.
The poised brunette is the driving force behind Kaybridge Puppets debuting their timeless tale, The Princess and the Pea at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, has inspired Ryan’s classic fairytales that have become a staple at the Edmonton Fringe Festival.
“Jim Henson’s muppets were very simple, but when they come to life, they are close to our hearts. And they are just fuzz balls on sticks.”
Ryan, who favours hand and rod puppets, first developed a nature and flower themed show for the Muttart Conservatory about 20 years ago.
Borrowing from this earlier show, Ryan recreates The Princess and the Pea with a modern twist. In this 45-minute show the lonely Prince Patrick discovers the lovely Penelope growing flowers and vegetables.
“She makes beautiful things grow and he likes that.”
Queen Prunella, however, is unsure of the young gardener’s affection for her son and sets up a test. Stepping into the fray is Pedro Rabbit and Mr. Pea.
Accompanying Ryan as the solo puppeteer is Cathy Derkach on piano.
“She doesn’t speak. She just wears a big fairy gown and sits at the grand piano and plays the score.”
Although the tale is fairly simple and straightforward, like any good fable it has several good themes laced throughout.
“The first one is listen to your children and that true beauty comes from within. And don’t be afraid to explore what’s outside.”
The show is age appropriate for anyone over the age of three years.