New wave at The Playhouse

Jun 02, 2013

Belfast — The new wave of 20 young actors and actresses will take the stage when The Playhouse Children’s Theater presents “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m., June 7 through 16. Doors open 15 minutes before curtain at The Playhouse, 107 Church St.

This Norwegian folk tale transports the audience to the homeland of the terrible trolls. The hero is a fierce white bear — actually Prince Justin (Finn Gibson), who has been enchanted and must appear to mortals as a white bear until the spell is broken. He is trapped in the curse of the powerful queen of the trolls, Queen Helga (Megan Wick), who wants Prince Justin to marry her green-faced daughter, Princess Ermatrude (Abigail Donnelly). But Prince Justin is befriended by Lara (Olivia Kelly), a brave young girl who tries to rescue him. She leaves her Mother (Sidney Sanders), Father (Jackson Donnelly) and sisters and brother (Pia Gibson, Phoebe Hall-Arnett, Joe Potter) to keep the lonely bear company.

Because this girl threatens her evil magic, Queen Helga sends two of her henchmen, funny trolls Wanda (Maeve Wade) and Coby (Julian Kelly). Wicked little trolls and opposing forces of nature in the cast are played by Kiara Lantigua, Jane Taylor, Ada Potter, Romy LaFage, Oliver Howard, Maddie Johnson, Luna Carlson, Jane Irish Rubin, and Eliot Andrews.

“East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” appropriate for children age 5 or older and adults, is directed by Mary Weaver during the 20th year of productions at The Playhouse. Admission is $5 at the door. The Playhouse is a small theater with limited seating, so reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 338-5777.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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