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Some of the cast of RuBarb Productions Inc.'s upcoming performance of Disney's Cinderella Kids and Other Hits from the Magical Kingdom are seen following their performance at the Moose Jaw Music Festival.
RuBarb Productions upcoming children show runs June 12 to 14
Kids under the age of 19 will show more than Cinderella in the upcoming RuBarb Productions children’s show.
“It’s really wonderful. This show, when we did the read through with the whole cast, the kids were just laughing. They thought it was so funny,” said Evie Koop Sawatzky, artistic director of RuBarb Productions Inc. “This group of about 30 kids is unreal. I’m always shocked. I’m just bowled over when I hear them singing. They are just, all of them, letting it rip.”
The show, Disney’s Cinderella Kids and Other Hits from the Magical Kingdom, will run from June 12 to 14 at 7 p.m. each night at the Mae Wilson Theatre. The story opens with Tinkerbell talking about her favourite Disney princess, Cinderella. After Tinkerbell’s report on Cinderella, Prof. Zazu from The Lion King invites everyone to sit down and other students tell their stories and reports.
“Through all of that, we hear Simba sing I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and we see all the princes do a sword fight and dance from their stage combat class at the final assembly,” said Sawatzky. “We just get a chance to meet all kinds of people. So it’s not merely Cinderella, but the story goes beyond that. They’re all at fairy tale academy.”
The kids in RuBarb’s Wednesday musical theatre class will do the 30-minute production called Disney’s Cinderella Kids. There is a community ensemble doing the rest of the show, as well as some musical theatre kids.
The cast ranges in age from seven to 19. The kids are from Moose Jaw, Caronport, Mortlach and farms outside of Moose Jaw.
“It’s going to just be so exciting for the audience to watch and to realize that these are kids. They’re doing some good stuff,” said Sawatzky.
She added she has worked with children and youth since she was in Grade 7 when she helped her mother direct musicals for kids in Caronport. In Grade 11, Sawatzky took over doing two short musicals a year for kids in Caronport.
“Working with kids has always been a part of me and what I do and they can do so much more than we give them credit for,” said Sawatzky. “It’s always such a surprise and so exciting when you see that they’ve decided they really love something and they really commit to something … They can do amazing, amazing things. So I love it.”
The cast has been rehearsing twice a week. Some cast members have been in other RuBarb shows such as Shrek.
“This is kind of our bonus show,” said Sawatzky of the children’s show. “It’s our way of giving back to the community and giving them an opportunity to get on stage.”
Tickets are $20 for adults, students and seniors for premium seats or $18 for balcony seats. Kids’ tickets are $15 for premium seating or $13 for balcony seats. Flex packs are also available.
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