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Ming Lee and The Magic Tree

Ming Lee and The Magic Tree

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A sweet Chinese fairy tale that should appeal to both children and parents with its message of self-acceptance told in traditional Chinese style. This beautifully costumed troupe of 13 local actors (both youth and adult) do an admirable job of bringing this classic Chinese tale to an amusing and thoughtful conclusion. With creatively simple staging, beautiful makeup, live musical sound effects and the charms of traditional Chinese theatrical style (including a silent, yet amusing, propmaster and a great chorus), we follow the story of humble stonecutter Ming Lee.

Lee is granted wishes by a man cursed to live as a tiger until he discovers the true meaning of happiness. While probably not a perfect fit for the five-and-under set, Ming Lee and the Magic Tree is nonetheless a valuable asset to Kids Fringe.

— Barb Stewart

 

 

From the Fringe program:

From the producer of "Snow White" and "The Brothers Grimm" comes a delightful tale of the Far East!

A prince who wishes to marry the Princess of the Stars must remain a tiger until he learns what makes a happy man. Ming Lee, a poor stone cutter, believes wealth and power will bring him joy. Together they discover the true meaning of happiness - and that "a fine hat does not make a fine head!"

Directed by John Chase in classic Chinese style, with a storyteller Chorus and comical Property Man.

Director: John Chase

Recommended For: Family Friendly

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under), Fringe Volunteers

Babes in arms permitted.

Warnings: None

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