UPDATE: This event has been CANCELLED to help prevent the spread of the CORONA virus.
On Saturday, September 25th, DaPoPo's annual TYA romp Happy Birthday, Princess Plum returns to Alderney Landing as part of the Kiwanis Festival, starring Kiana MacDonnell, Jordan Jeremiah, and Kristi Anderson.
Finnegan Figg (Andrew Kasprzak) informs Princess Plum (Sher Clain) that the kingdom is in a state of Cherry Alert in the original 2009 production.
Happy Birthday, Princess Plum! was written by DaPoPo AD Garry Williams and core member Sher Clain with Andrew Kasprzak. The trio originated the roles of Princess Plum, Finnegan Figg, and Mother Goose, respectively.
The 40-minute show tells the story of a spoiled princess who enlists the quirky castle librarian's help in her parents' absence (they are attending a Climate Change conference) when a mysterious knight declares a state of emergency and seeks to take control of the army.
Mother Goose (Garry Williams) waves goodbye to Princess Plum (Sher Clain) and Finnegan Figg (Andrew Kasprzak) as Plum's delighted subjects look on.
The timely show – Climate Change, an attempted coup – was performed annually on Natal Day weekend for ten years from 2009-2019, one of the DaPoPo shows and events commissioned by Alderney Landing. Now, after one year's hiatus due to the pandemic, Mother Goose flies again.
For over a decade, casts have included Halifax theatre royalty including Renée Haché (2010); Amy Reitsma, Garrow Hill-Stosky (2011); Schoel Strang, Zach Faye, Kim Parkhill (2012-13); Maggie Hammel, Hugh Cape, Erin Johnstone (2014); Gillian Clark, Jeff O’Hara (2015); Sean Skerry, Keelin Jack (2016); Rachel Hastings, Simon Rainville, Kat McCormack (2017); Christine Daniels, Daniel Gervais, Sarah Richardson (2018); and Dan Bray (2019).
Show times Sat., Sept. 25th, 2021: