Glass Slipper play fits just right

Thea Stavroff presents The Return of the Glass Slipper April 27 in Nanoose Bay

A musical performance for one night only on April 27 will see some young up and coming theatre students do an adaptation of the the Cinderella story.

The Return of the Glass Slipper will take place at Nanoose Place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with proceeds from the door going towards the Nanoose Bay Community Cupboard Food Bank.

The public is invited to come out and discover the magic and wonder of wishes come true in the fairytale favorite when Cinderella meets her Prince Charming.

The reworking of the Cinderella story is being presented by a group of 19 children who have been involved in an after school musical and dramatic theatre program under the leadership of theatre professional Thea Stavroff.

Stavroff said the the program which runs on Wednesdays in Nanoose Bay has students ages six to 14 learning all aspects of theatre.

She said they have been working on the musical since the middle of January and the Friday night show will be more of a performance recital.

“It is low key. Some kids have never acted before and some are more experienced,” she admitted.

She added the musical will include plenty of singing and a little bit of dancing.

Stavroff said the after school program provides great skill building and team building.

“The young actors have been working together on stage and back stage and now they will bring this story to family and friends.”

She said the community is welcome and entrance is by donation.

Stavroff said the summer youth theatre workshop at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach will take place July 15 to 21.

“This will be the 14th annual.  It’s another opportunity for youngsters to get training in performance.”

The Bard to Broadway’s Performing Arts Education Series is a week-long program for ages six to 13. It will have kids singing with vocal instruction and doing improvisation in the mornings and in the afternoon they will be doing musical theatre. The kids will practice up for a final performance for family and friends at the end of the week.

Vocal director with the B2B series, Hilary Whelton, said that they typically get kids who have never done anything like this before and kids who have been taking classes their whole lives.

Stavroff is coordinating director for the project and said theatre is like being on a team and it develops their self esteem and courage.

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