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Puss in Boots

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There’s nothing like a fierce ogre to inject some energy into a slightly plodding local production of a fairy tale. Daniel Gilmour has great villainous zeal as the beast who terrorizes the townsfolk in Puss in Boots, filling the theatre with his voice without crossing the too-scary line.

We’re in the realm of earnest, rather stiff community theatre here. Kids in the audience were engaged, but hardly swept away, by the 50-minute tale narrated by a clever pussycat (Jordan Hrynkiw, who could be more feline and perhaps vary her high-pitched voice). Director John Chase’s production by a 12-member amateur cast lacks invention, could use some song and dance, and earned few solid laughs.

The puss devises a plan to trick the ogre and ensure that the miller’s son can marry the local princess. It would be nice to see the princess given more to do than be pretty and wait for wedding bells.

— Alison Mayes

From the Fringe program:

Director: John Chase

 

This comical adaptation of Puss in Boots stays true to the ideas of the classic tail, with plenty of new laughs for the whole family!

Filled with audience participation, every young play-goer helps defeat the town ogre before a poor miller's son can marry his princess - all masterminded by a talking cat, of course!

Geared for ages three and up, from the producer who brought you Cinderella, Snow White, Brothers Grimm and Ming Lee. Book your tickets right meow!


Audience Classification: Kid Friendly
Length: 60 mins.
Tickets: $10
Door Discount: $5 for Kids (12 & under), Fringe Volunteers

 

Warnings: None

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