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Winnipeg is Beautiful
Winnie (Karly McMillan) is a super perky girl who super likes school and her older brother Flynn (Duncan Cox) and history and other neat stuff... until some scary news on the radio and some mean schoolyard bullies make her feel very small and want to hide away.
This is a standard tale of self-esteem for kids (not to mention the obvious allusion to Winnipeg’s legendary inferiority complex), which uses some neat elements to deliver its message.
When Winnie feels “small,” she is played by a small young child (Hudson Francis) who delivers her lines wonderfully but is unfortunately too quiet to be heard beyond the second row.
A few other performers also had problems with projection, although Cox was a standout, delivering a performance that was so natural and believable kids in the audience could be overheard exclaiming “That’s real!”
McMillan was no slouch either, but sometimes spoke too fast to be understood clearly.
Technical issues aside, the message still shone through, and the kids loved it.
— Janice Sawka
From the Fringe program:
"I learned how to be big & brave!"
"We got to help a little & we got to laugh a lot!" - a couple awesome East Kildonan kids
Director: Tannis Lehmann Francis
Cast: Kate Bennet, Duncan Cox, Hudson Francis, Darcy Gosek, Joey MacDonald, Karly McMillan, Shifa Mohideen
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Length: 60 mins.
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under)
Babes in arms permitted.
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM CDT: