Everybody thinks Martin is a weirdo. He’s really just an imaginative Winnipeg kid, but he longs to be normal. On an adventure to the Land of Normal, he meets Princess Normal, who longs to be weird.
It takes ambition and guts to create an hour-long local musical. This one, with book/direction by Cory Wojcik and music/lyrics by Angus Kohm, is an admirable effort, but its plot, involving a villain trying to depose the land’s queen, is a bit too detailed, convoluted and talky.
The bare set and present-day costumes make it difficult to be transported. There’s a needless amount of shouting, particularly from the tutor and the queen (kids under four are likely to be scared).
Brent Hirose is likable as Martin, but not as confident a singer as the vibrant Laura Kolisnyk (Princess Normal). Tall, dark Davide Montebruno is the standout as the delectable fairy-tale villain, with a magnificent basso speaking voice that could easily carry him to a career.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
Do you ever feel that you’re the weirdest one? Martin sure does. That’s why he takes a trip to NORMAL - a village somewhere between here and there and not of this world. It turns out NORMAL is not exactly what it’s cracked up to be. A new original musical about being yourself, liking to be yourself, and being anything but normal.
Warnings: Weird, Normal
Especially for Kids (12 & Under)
School of Contemporary Dance (Kids Venue), to Sunday
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under)
Babes in arms permitted.