Since starting her own company, Capricorn Theatre Productions (CTP), Langley actress and playwright Lauren Trotzuk has brought multiple original works to the stage.
Confessions of a Grocery Clerk and According To Aurelie entertained audiences on local stages this past year; now Trotzuk is unveiling her new medieval musical, Once Upon a Fairytale.
“It is based on traditional fairy tale tropes of the princess, the hero, the fairy godmother, the villain, in a fantasy medieval land, full of adventure and magic,” Trotzuk explained. “I wrote an early draft of the show years ago for my old high school, D.W. Poppy, and now I am re-vamping and remounting.”
Once Upon a Fairytale tells the story of four young heroes who set out on a quest to discover what they longed for most; love, belonging, self-worth and adventure.
Though Trotzuk and her comapny are based in Langley, the production will make it’s debut on a New Westminster stage, the Bernie Legge Theatre.
“The general lack of theatre in Langley always inspires me to create new opportunities. I went into this project knowing I would be able to cast in a different city because I have such a strong core of performers that I have worked with in the past, many of which have joined the cast and crew,” Trotzuk explained. “There is a large percentage of bodies representing Langley in Fairytale.”
The show is launching at the same time most stages host holiday-themed entertainment, but Trotzuk said the family-friendly musical comedy is not a Christmas story – though is does share a few characteristics similar to Panto, a British stage tradition that many theatre companies tend to tackle this time of year.
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Despite a short rehearsal period of only two months, Trotzuk said she is proud of her cast and added that there is certainly a lot in store for her and CTP heading into the new year.
“CTP grows a little bit more every year and that is the goal. I love having something to be able to use as an avenue to presenting my original work,” Trotzuk added. “We hope to be remounting Aurelie in 2020 and will be bringing a brand new original musical to the Siloam Festival.”
Once Upon a Fairytale runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 15 at The Bernie Legge Theatre in Queens park, New Westminster.
Performances are 8 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available through www.vagabondplayers.ca.
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