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Story Theatre perform classic and local tales

Story Theatre perform classic and local tales

Story Theatre group performed Princess and the Pea and other fairy tales that are fun for all ages. They performed five tales at the Sechelt Band Hall on Sunday, August 3, and have more public dates coming including Saturday, August 9 at 1 pm at Persephone Brewery (1053 Stewart Rd., Gibsons) Saturday, August 16 at 3 pm at Astronomy in the Park (Porpoise Bay Provincial Park) and Sunday, August 17 at 12 pm at Hackett Park Craft Fair (Hackett Park, Sechelt)  Photo Apryl Veld

Story Theatre group performed Princess and the Pea and other fairy tales that are fun for all ages. They performed five tales at the Sechelt Band Hall on Sunday, August 3, and have more public dates coming including Saturday, August 9 at 1 pm at Persephone Brewery (1053 Stewart Rd., Gibsons) Saturday, August 16 at 3 pm at Astronomy in the Park (Porpoise Bay Provincial Park) and Sunday, August 17 at 12 pm at Hackett Park Craft Fair (Hackett Park, Sechelt)
Photo Apryl Veld

You could be finding yourself in a real live fairytale soon. Well, at least you will be able to take in a fairytale with live actors, if that would suffice.
Story Theatre brings all ages fairy tales to festivals, camps and events around the Sunshine Coast.
“We’re inspired by the open air to bring arts to the streets, sometimes predictably and sometimes surprisingly,” says Story Theatre director, Radhika Samwald.
She says they’ve been changing things up a bit this year and doing more camp performances, for Camp Byng and Camp Elphinstone.
“It’s still outdoors so we can access the audience easily and we’re not competing with a lot of other sounds,” she notes.
Story Theatre troupe has been rehearsing since April for the summer productions and have completed half of their performances, which are an ambitious 30 minutes broken down into five short fairy tales: Jack and the Bean stock (modern twist); an old classic Three Wishes, Princess and the Pea, Lion and the Mouse, and Salmon Boy.
The story of Salmon Boy, a traditional First Nations tale, as interpreted by Donna Joe, a Sechelt teacher and language facilitator, has made an impression on a lot of families since its release as a children’s book.
“Donna Joe’s story is really important to me and it’s great to acknowledge her this year,” Samwald said, “so many people I talk to have been touched by her somehow, she inspired people, she was a favourite teacher … she had a big impact on her community in her lifetime.”
She said it’s inspiring to see their own actors step up and do writing and directing as well. The theatre group helps each other explore their creativity, Samwald explains. “People who have creative drive and want to explore direction, props, writing music, sound effects fit in well and are encouraged,” she said.
Samwald summed up by saying Story Theatre’s mission is to make theatre inclusive and accessible to everyone, and to help kids be able to enjoy theatre as much as the adults.
The troupe have more public dates coming including Saturday, August 9 at 1 pm at Persephone Brewery (1053 Stewart Rd., Gibsons) Saturday, August 16 at 3 pm at Astronomy in the Park (Porpoise Bay Provincial Park) and Sunday, August 17 at 12 pm at Hackett Park Craft Fair (Hackett Park, Sechelt)
Photo Apryl Veld

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