Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre presents Enchanted Bookshop
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - November 24, 2018 (LSN) Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre celebrates 37 years of exemplary children’s theatre in Thunder Bay Rehearsals are well underway for the 37th production of the Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre - The Enchanted Bookshop, Featuring a cast of 20 children and youth from age 5 to 19.
“During the day, The Enchanted Bookshop may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens,” explained cast member Matilde Jobbit. She added, “That’s when the characters inside the books come alive!” Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes.
Cast member Eliza Goodwin added, “So when a pair of smugglers - Fingers and Eddie - comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn between warning the bookshop owner with great consequence or trying to find a way to defeat the crooks by working together.” “It’s a mystery wrapped up with messages like co-operation all aimed at celebrating the joy of reading in a fresh and fun-filled way,” said Aleksa Shermack, Director. Eric Hofmann, who plays Robin Hood, added that we meet other characters like “The Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver and Doctor Doolittle.”
Eric added that the characters may not be known to all of the children in the audience but that he hopes the play will encourage them to pick up a book and explore the stories featuring these well-known characters.New this year,
Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre has partnered with 6 local authors of children’s books and their work will be showcased as part of the show.
Board member Nicole Seller expanded by adding “Celebration is a key theme for us - we are celebrating our 37th year, the pleasures of a good book and the incredible talent in Thunder Bay - actors , artists and authors!”
Tickets are on sale now at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Box Office or at www.tbca.com for The Enchanted Bookshop November 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Submitted by Catherine Forbes