Two musical classics at Xtreme Theatre
by Brianna Deutsch
Xtreme Theatre is at it again this year, as they get ready to stage a musical version of a literary classic, and also a Disney classic. A theatre group for homeschooled children and teens, Xtreme Theatre has become well-known in the Lower Mainland as a company that puts on high-quality productions, with a top-notch caliber of young actors, singers and dancers.
Based on the novel by Rohald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach is a fun, imaginative musical, illuminated by gripping themes of companionship, hope and transformation. The characters, which are vibrantly portrayed in the setting of a large, rolling peach, create a compelling story that entices the audience to journey alongside James and his “crazy group of friends.” Running May 4 to 6 Xtreme Theatre’s junior cast is well prepared and rehearsed for the performances. The students prepared “five hours a week, months in advanced,” says Xtreme Theatre Director, Wendy Holm. “With the setting of a giant peach that comes on and off the stage, grandiose projections and descriptive costumes,” this year’s production is sure to be a giant success.
Coming right after the junior production, Xtreme Theatre’s senior cast will be presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid May 17 to May 20. The Little Mermaid is a classic musical about a mermaid who dreams about becoming human. It’s a divine story of letting go that has multiple Christian themes strewn within its diverse setting. From the “the clear umbrellas that have jellyfish arms, to the projections which switch from sea to land, to an actual ship where the sailors stand and sing,” Holm says, the show will have colourful appeal for all audience members.
Xtreme Theatre is a program that allows homeschooled children and teenagers the opportunity to safely delve into their artistic side by running yearly musicals. With an “outstanding team of directors, choreographers, costume designers, followed by a host of supportive parents,” Xtreme Theatre is more like a family community that embraces the emerging artist describes Holms.
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