Students compose fairy tale classic

Arts: John Paul II Collegiate musical ‘Princess with No Name’ opens April 8

By: John Barlow

  |  Posted: Friday, Mar 28, 2014 03:23 pm

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The princess may not have a name, but the other characters in the John Paul II Collegiate musical will be well known to the audience — although there may be too many of which to keep track.

John Paul II Collegiate in Okotoks will be hosting the school’s annual musical April 8 and 10, but due to a substantial increase in interest from the students, the participants had to be a little bit creative with the script and the casting.

“We take as many students who apply,” said teacher Tara Sziva. “Anyone who wanted to try out this year we found them a spot and we do that every year.”

What Sziva did not expect was more than 60 students vying for a role in the play.

When the musical program first started several years ago, about 20 students showed interest. However, each year interest has increased by five or six students culminating in a burgeoning cast and crew of 62 eager students.

“They love it,” said Sziva of the musical program. “It is fun, it is fairy tales they know and it is easy. This is not a big high school musical, but they work hard.”

This year’s musical “The Princess with No Name” is a classic fairy tale where a princess wakes up in the forest with amnesia. Her journey through the forest is a quest to remember who she is, but for fans of fairy tales it is a walk down the memory lane of one’s childhood. Along the way the princess will meet up with many familiar fairy tale characters including the prince, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

Of course, there will be some peculiar differences in what the audience will see. For example, instead of the seven dwarves there will be 14. Instead of the three bears, there will be seven.

According to Sziva, the reasoning for the re-writes was simple — they had to find creative ways to fit in all the students who wanted to be a part of the cast,

“We added our own little twists and added some extra roles so everyone could fit into the play,” she said with a laugh. “It is loads of fun and there are some new characters.”

With all the roles filled, or more accurately, all the roles found to fill the cast, students began auditions and rehearsals in October and practiced once a week into March. Now the students have increased the number of rehearsals as they prepare for the opening on April 8. Two shows will be open to the public including April 8 and April 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at the school or at the door for $5.


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