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Project X Theatre returns to the outdoor stage at Prince Charles Park July 10-29 for X Fest 2017. The annual summer theatre production company will feature two classic coming-of-age stories with adaptations of The Jungle Book and Rapunzel.
The Jungle Book is an all ages show lasting approximately two hours, including intermission. Each actor plays multiple characters in this fast-paced story featuring the adventures of Mowgli as he encounters the different challenges of living in the jungle. Melissa Thomas is the director of this adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling story.
“I personally love the Jungle Book and love incorporating literary adaptations. This was just the right production, a great version for the actors as well as for the outdoors.”
Children will definitely relate to the curious and silly Mowgli from The Jungle Book. This year’s youngest Project X Theatre cast member, eight year old Maddin Lidder, is really enjoying himself on the set and cannot wait to perform in front of the audience.
“I really like to play Mowgli. It’s fun! I like that I get to jump around!”
In the whimsical story of Rapunzel, children will be captivated by this adaptation of the classic tale of a little girl living in a tower, yearning to be free. Director Corina Akeson, who also plays multiple characters in The Jungle Book, is thrilled to be working with Project X Theatre this summer.
“Both plays are coming-of-age stories where children are stepping out into the world; My favorite part of Rapunzel is the relationship between Nan and Rapunzel, how it grows and how Nan learns to be more brave”.
However, Rapunzel’s caregiver in this adaptation couldn’t be any more different than the original one from the classic tale. Nan, played by Brittany Martens, describes the contrast of the two characters, noting that Nan in this adaptation has quite a vibrant spirit.
“I really like how kooky she is. To me, she’s not a scary character. She is very caring, very loving. Not at all like the stepmother from the original story that we all know. ”
For more information and a full schedule of showtimes, please visit: http://projectxtheatre.ca/
Tickets are available through Kamloops Live! Box Office
located at 1025 Lorne Street or by calling 250-374-LIVE. Tickets for X Fest will also be available at the gates starting one hour before show time. Cash, Visa or Mastercard accepted.
Project X is committed to ensuring everyone in the community can afford to attend X Fest. On July 15 and July 29 , all the tickets available at the door for the 2:00 matinee will be sold on pay-what-you-can basis so that those families on a limited income can see some great theatre too. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis beginning one hour prior to show time.
Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!