October 26th, 2020

New West offering entertainment for kids over holidays


By Mabell, Dave on December 19, 2019.

The cast of The Legend of the Lost Tooth, Erica Barr, Ryan Reese and Kelly Malcolm, run through a scene of the New West Theatre childrens production, set to open Saturday at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com

For young children, losing a tooth can trigger a visit from the Tooth Fairy.

But what if it’s really lost? And nobody can find it?

That dilemna launches “The Legend of the Lost Tooth,” an original show for young audiences opening here Saturday.

A New West Theatre cast will be entertaining youngsters in the Yates Centre’s smaller Sterndale Bennett Theatre until Jan. 4, before taking the show on a tour of southern Alberta schools in the following weeks.

Written and directed by University of Lethbridge drama professor Nicola Elson, the one-act play is scheduled for 11 performances at 1 p.m. Two morning shows have been added, 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

Suitable for all ages, the story centres on the young girl and an empathetic granny who decide to play “pirates.” Soon they’re embarked on an adventure-filled search for that tooth.

There’s more action than dialogue, Elson says. Larger-than-life masks also help tell the story, as well as puppets including a colourful parrot and some smaller-than-life representations of the performers.

And – spoiler alert! – Elson says the Tooth Fairy also makes a surprise appearance.

Adding to the experience, longtime New West music director and performer Kathy Zaborsky has created original music as well as the sound design for the show. Production designer is Julia Wasilewski.

And on stage, seasoned “young audience” performers Erica Barr, Kelly Malcolm and Ryan Reese keep the story moving along.

While the production is technically challenging, Elson says, it provides an active and entertaining experience for audience members of any age.

After opening day Saturday, the show will continue Sunday and Monday, then resume on Dec. 26 to 28 and then Dec. 30 and 31.

The final afternoon performances will follow Jan. 2 to 4.

Tickets are available over the phone at 403-329-7328, online at http://www.enmaxcentre.ca or in person at the Enmax and Yates box offices.

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