Caterinetta is a girl who is teased for being a "fraidy-cat." She lives with her mother next to the woods, which are populated with wild dogs, a woodcutter, a mean-spirited cousin and a cake-scarfing aunt who may or may not be a witch.
Twelve-year old Mikaela Wight is charming as Caterinetta. But she is the only child actor in this troupe, which is problematic. The character of nasty cousin Karl is played by an adult (Eric Blais in lederhosen and a bad blond wig).
The scene where Karl is picking on Caterinetta comes off as much too aggressive and too sinister as a consequence of this inappropriate mismatch. It would have served this production much better to have cast another young performer in the role.
Carolyn Gray’s script is quite willy-nilly with various fairy-tale-like elements thrown together — it needs a much stronger narrative thread. What is the point to Caterinetta’s adventure? In the end, we’re not really sure.
— Wendy Burke
From the official Fringe program:
Wild dogs, gypsies, good girls, witches, chronic cake eaters, ghosts, bad boys, mothers and magic - that's what fairy tales are all about and award-winning, local playwright Carolyn Gray delivers it all in Catarinetta.
A fresh, spooky, funny tale for every age. Singing and dancing included at no extra charge. Cast: Eric Blais, Carolyn Gray, Rea Kavanagh, Melanie and Mikaela Wight.
Warnings: Danger: High level of enjoyment and laughter can result in entire family wishing to pay a second or third time.
KIDS VENUE - School of Contemporary Dancers 211 Bannatyne Ave (Crocus bldg.)
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under)
Babes in arms permitted.