The Paper Bag Princess
a Musical

music & lyrics by JOE SLABE

based on the book by ROBERT MUNSCH

directed by VAL PEARSON

ABOUT THE SHOW

One Act Musical  |  Rated 3+  |  Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

As you may well know, Elizabeth and Ronald were the perfect couple. Elizabeth, a beautiful Princess and Ronald, a handsome Prince. End of story. Well that is until the Dragon soars in to heat things up. The Dragon wreaks havoc on their kingdom, leaving Elizabeth a smouldering mess, and Prince-less, as the Dragon took Ronald as a snack for later. Some might crumble and accept defeat, but not Elizabeth. She dusts off her charbroiled tiara and heads off on an epic journey to defeat the Dragon, and rescue her beloved Ronald. With help from friends along the way, clever wit, and a dose of quick thinking, this brave heroine saves the day, and Ronald. Although, with his attitude, she might just end up leaving him in the dungeon where he belongs!

Back by popular demand, based on "One of the Best Children's Books Ever Written" (New York Times), by Robert Munsch, StoryBook Theatre is thrilled to be able introduce this adventure to whole new audience! First published in 1980, written by famed Canadian author Robert Munsch, it is still one of the most popular children’s stories with over four million copies printed. At a time when gender stigma and stereotypes have become the forefront of conversations around the world, we are so excited to bring this story to life again. A young princess who utilizes resilience, resourcefulness, independence and compassion, this classic tale has become more than just a fun bedtime story. It is a poignant reminder of the ideals we want reflected in our society and championed by everyone!

CHARARTER BREAKDOWN 
AGES: 10+ 

Some cast will play more than 1 character

Princess Elizabeth(F)

Age: 18 - 30

Vocal Range:

Emily(F) – a lady in waiting

Age: 18 - 30

Vocal Range:

Sarah(F) – a lady in waiting

Age: 18 - 30

Vocal Range:

Samantha(F) – a lady in waiting

Age: 18 - 30

Vocal Range:

Prince Ronald(M)

Age: 18 - 30

Vocal Range:

Dragon

Age: 18 - 50

Vocal Range:

DIRECTED BY: Val Pearson

MUSICAL DIRECTION BY: Joe Slabe

CHOREOGRAPHED BY: Lauren Thompson

Valerie Ann Pearson has been a professional actor since 1979. Music has been a driving factor in her life. She started piano lessons at the age of five, and competed in musical festivals as both a singer and a piano player and even a beginner violinist. She played in a symphony for three years and a teenage rock band as lead vocalist.  But her summer at the Banff School of Fine Arts in the Drama department at the age of sixteen changed her focus to theatre.  She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Education with a major in Drama and a minor in music.  Over the years Val has played and sung in a folk group, big band and had her own trio which toured the Calgary/Banff circuit. Her first musical was “Wild Rose” by W.O. Mitchell and Morris Surdin which toured across Canada to Expo ’67.  In the 80’s and onward Val performed in musicals such as Hoarse Muse, Eighteen Wheels (three times); Oliver and The Music Man at The Citadel with Robin Phillips; The Full Monty; Godspell and The Beggars Opry for ATP; Cowgirls (twice); and Country Hearts at Theatre Calgary. As a musical director and/or director, Val has worked on Buddy Holly, The Ring of Fire, Anne of Green Gables, The Paper Bag Princess, Jeremy de Bergerac, and most recently Crossing Swords with Forte and StoryBook.

COMMITMENT SCHEDULE

Please review the Rehearsal and Performance Schedule prior to making this commitment. Conflicts may be accommodated and considered during the rehearsal process. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL PERFORMANCES.

NOTE: SCHEDULES ARE BASED ON THE MAXIMUM POTENTIAL OF DATES AVAILABLE AND WHILE NOT ALL DATES WILL BE CONFIRMED AVAILABILITY MUST BE MAINTAINED FOR SCHEDULING FLEXIBILITY.

CALLBACKS

To be held LIVE via Zoom. To be considered, auditioners MUST make themselves be available for the entire callback time. Details will be included in the invitation when sent.

August 18, 2020 – 6:30pm to 10:30pm

REHEARSALS

March 15 to April 2, 2021

Sundays – 2:30pm to 10pm
Monday to Friday – 6:30pm to 10:30pm

 

TECH WEEK

April 4 to April 8, 2021

Sunday – 1pm to 11pm

Tuesday to Thursday - 2pm to 11pm

 

PERFORMANCES

April 9 to April 25, 2021

Tuesdays to Thursdays

9am CALL – 10am SHOW

Fridays

5:30pm CALL – 6:30pm SHOW

Saturdays

10am CALL – 11am SHOW

2pm CALL – 3pm SHOW

Sundays

10am CALL – 11am SHOW

​2pm CALL – 3pm SHOW

Mondays

Off

 
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Beddington Theatre Arts Centre
375 Bermuda Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta  T3K 2J5

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