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The Beaver Den
The Beaver Den is a nearly defunct Canadian kids’ TV show that has one last shot at survival, so it does the logically Canadian thing: it brings in an American actor.
But Johnny (Bryden Rutherford), the disgraced host of Flint’s Hints and fresh out of rehab, turns out to be the thorn in Tom’s side (Dan Curtis Thompson), another new cast member planning to use the show to launch his own career in the movies.
The seven-member cast out of Toronto brings high-energy performances to funny numbers like Tap That Tree (which has nothing to do with maple syrup and everything to do with six feet of lumber in a plaid shirt) sung by a fearless Greg Carruthers, who plays both Beavy the puppet and his master Derek, a young man longing to um — express himself.
A combination of funny bones, bright performances, relentlessly cheerful Canadian goodness and wacky songs (Good Morning, Like a Maple Leaf, Keanu and Me), composer/writer Taylor Abrahamse’s The Beaver Den is a toothy little Canadian musical with a lot of cheek.
— Wendy King
From the Fringe program:
Set in 1999, in the wake of the children's entertainment revolution, a cast of young Canadian actors are "stuck" on an outdated kid's show filmed in Northern Ontario. Will they save the show from being replaced by Rice Fighter Extreme? It's a musical...so probably. Get ready for a hilarious, outrageous, and perfectly polite time at The Beaver Den!
Director: Gillian Ashton
Cast: Dan Curtis Thompson, Greg Carruthers, Jillian Kooeymans, Chris Vergara, Bryden Rutherford, Ricky Ferreira, Camila Diaz Varela
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 90 mins.
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