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There’s a lesson to be learned from this gentle musical entertainment: read your program. I was amazed that the entire audience knew the lyrics to The Friendly Giant theme song, but it turns out they’re printed on the back. Penned by Winnipeg’s Brian Richardson, the story is set at an inn, where a widow (Josée Vaillancourt) and guitar-playing friar (Ryszard Tyborowski) are jammin’ like true Elizabethans when jester Will Kempe (Richardson) shows up looking for comfort after quitting Shakespeare’s troupe. Kempe adds some nice comedic touches to the 45-minute tale, and while Vaillancourt is a low talker, she sings like an angel. Invited to sing and even dance, the audience is remarkably game to play along with this sweet confection.

— Pat St. Germain

From the Fringe program:

Will Kempe, the company clown, has led Will Shakespeare and colleagues quite a song and dance over several successful years. Now the company is about to move into its new theatre and Kempe has withdrawn his money and himself from the venture. What's going on? Playwright Brian Richardson portrays Kempe, Alys Revelle the singing Innkeeper is played by Josée Vaillancourt, and guitarist Ryszard Tyborowski is featured as a visiting musical Monk. Sponsor : The Manitoba Early Music & Arts Festival, Inc.

Director: Brian Richardson

Cast: Brian Richardson, Josée Vaillancourt, Ryszard Tyborowski

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $5 for Seniors, children under 14

Warnings: None

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Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM CDT:
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