THE FROG PRINCE
05/07/2014 - 19/07/2014
Beware of Fairy Godmothers!
Beware of Fairy Godmothers because you never know what lessons you have to learn. Fredrick the Prince didn’t listen to his Fairy Godmother… and he got into a big mess… literally!
With the usual twist on our classic fairy tales, The Frog Prince will delight and entertain as well as giving our young ones food for thought (frog food that is!).
With audience involvement, lots of laughs and songs to sing The Frog Princeis the messiest fun to be had this winter, so lock up your golden balls and come and see it!
GREAT FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY!
5th – 19th July
4 Moncrieff St., Mt. Victoria
Performance Times: Monday – Friday 11am and 1pm, Saturdays at 11am
Tickets $10, Groups of 10+ $9.00 each, Children under 2 Free
$7 Special Opening Preview, Saturday 19th April
Bookings: phone 04 385 0292 or go to www.kidzstufftheatre.co.nz
Hayden Frost – Prince Fredrick
Sherilee Kahui – Felicity and The Fairy Godmother
Dean Hewison – King and Barnaby Duck
Deborah E Rea – Queen and Ladybird
Writer – Rachel Henry
Director – Hannah Clarke
Composer – Holly Ewens
Set – Tony Ferrier and Cast
Lighting Designer / Operator – Grace Morgan-Riddell
Production Manager – Fingal Pollock
Front of House – Sasha Tilly
Administrator and Publicist – Fingal Pollock
Financial Officer – Dushka More
Rally round prissy prince
Review by Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] 09th Jul 2014
Rachel Henry’s The Frog Prince for KidzStuff is the nearest show to a keep- fit class that I have seen.
And its twist to the traditional froggy tale is that it’s Prince Frederick who gets turned into a frog and has to be kissed by a princess to return him to human form. [More]
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Intelligently crafted entertainment
Review by John Smythe 05th Jul 2014
Since theatre actress and director Rachel More became Rachel Henry, a mum and a playwright,* she has become a dab hand at the KidzStuff tradition of adapting classic folk tales for young Kiwi audiences.
In a clever comment on contemporary society, The Frog Prince kicks off with a Fairy Godmother (Sherilee Kahui), who is a self-employed contractor competing on the open market, touting for business. Her point of difference is that she incorporates dance moves into her spell-making, and encourages the very eager children to join in to make it all work better. The dance they learn is used a number of times which increases the audience pleasure.
When Queen Marigold (Deborah E Rea) and King Bertie (Dean Hewison) are in despair at the uptight officiousness and rudeness of their prat of a son, Prince Frederick (Hayden Frost), the young audience is well primed to help them call for help. And so Frederick is turned into a Frog, only to return to human form when he has learned “It’s what’s on the inside that counts and appearances don’t matter” – oh, and when he is kissed by a princess.
Down in the swamp he discovers the pleasures of being slimy, getting dirty slimy and leaping about – and of having friends. Felicity Frog (Kahui), Barnaby Duckling (Hewison) and Ladybird (Rea) all have their own stories (although it has to be said that when – after cooking up a feast of wild food delicacies on the barbecue – Ladybird flies away home to her children, there is no suggestion that tragedy awaits).
Barnaby, who becomes Freddy’s good mate, turns out to be a signet – Queen Marigold knows her fowl – and Felicity is also under a spell, having been a hopelessly vain and selfish princess. And all ends up happily, of course, for all.
Abetted by Director Hannah Clarke the characterisations are strong, true and well contrasted, and the pace cracks along while audience engagement is astutely maintained.
In a world where Royalty is still part of our lives and its incumbents are ever-present in the media, it is marvellous to see them learning the lessons all of us must. While Frost navigates Prince Fred’s learning with splendid clarity, as does Kahui’s Felicity, Rea and Hewison are wonderfully real in their majesties’ love of getting their hands dirty, eating with their hands and getting happily messy when not on duty.
I laugh out loud a number of times and thoroughly enjoy the intelligence behind this highly entertaining script and production.
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*For the record, since 2010, Rachel has written the following for KidzStuff Theatre: Thumbelina, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
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