Bringing the kids together at RuBarb

Lisa Goudy
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Kayla Dunbar (Ariel) and Marie Doucette (Princess Aurora) hang out at Fairy Tale Academy. RuBarb Jr.'s production of Cinderella Kids and Other Hits from the Magical Kingdom runs June 12 to 14 at Mae Wilson Theatre.

RuBarb Jr. show runs Thursday to Saturday at Mae Wilson Theatre

There is a special kind of energy circulating around RuBarb Productions Inc. these days.

RuBarb Jr.’s production of Disney’s Cinderella Kids and Other Hits from the Magical Kingdom, will run from Thursday to Saturday at the Mae Wilson Theatre at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre at 7 p.m. each night.

“This is a great way to support and encourage the next generation of performers in Moose Jaw and area,” said Evie Koop Sawatzky, artistic director of RuBarb. “It’s a great show for girls and guys. It’s not just the story of Cinderella. You meet a lot of other characters at Fairy Tale Academy.”

The play features about 30 performers between the ages of seven and 19 from Moose Jaw and surrounding area.

“It’s really exciting because there’s so much new energy that’s joined the group so it’s just a different dynamic,” said Sawatzky. “We constantly are having people come into the office who are just excited to bring their kids to the show and their grandkids.”

The show opens with Tinkerbell talking about Cinderella, who then gives a report. Following that, other students share their stories as well, filled with favourite Disney tunes.

“It has cute moments and funny moments and I think everyone will really enjoy the show,” said Sawatzky. “The kids are having a blast working together. They’re laughing. They’re really on top of their work.”

By families coming out to see the show, it can introduce young members to the world of music and theatre.

“(When) children and teenagers that have that experience to really work hard at a project and then excel at it and see the benefits of all their hard work, it’s just going to breathe higher expectations and higher love and passion for the arts,” said Sawatzky.

“It’s just going to improve our community whether they go into the arts or not. They’re going to understand all the hard work that goes into it and appreciate it all the more.”

In the past, RuBarb Productions has held shows with more roles for children and some shows with no roles for children.

“For anyone to grow, they need to be able to fight off a bigger fight,” said Sawatzky. “So it’s a great way to have them be featured and have the children be the key part of the team for the show rather than having a bunch of adults playing the leads and then a couple kids on stage.”

Tickets are $20 for premium seats for adults, students and seniors or $18 for balcony seats. Premium seats for children cost $15 or $13 for balcony seats.

“There’s still tickets available, but it’s looking like it’s going to be a good group of people that come out to see this,” said Sawatzky. “It’s comprised of only our junior performers. It’s not exactly what our whole season is. It’s a special show in our season.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the RuBarb Productions box office at 321 Main St. N., call 306-693-1771, email or visit

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Mae Wilson Theatre, Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, Fairy Tale Academy

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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