Players’ Theatre celebrates 65yrs with fairytale adaptation
CARA Keehn performed in her first pantomime with the Little Players Theatre close to 20 years ago.
Now she has taken on a different role in celebration of the Theatre’s 65th anniversary, directing their production of The Brothers Grimm Spectacularthon.
The play brings to life the original Brothers Grimm stories in a new, unique way.
“It’s very in the theme of pantomime, but without all the music attached to it,” Mrs Keehn said.
“It’s very light-hearted, but it takes people back to the how the Grimm Brothers originally wrote them.
“Some of them are a little more brutal than a Disney side that we see … It reminds us of why they were written.
“It’s just fun. It’s nice to not only see the actors having a good time, but the people who have come and seen bits just really enjoy the childishness of it.
“It takes the focus off all the horrible things that are currently happening in the world.”
To people considering seeing the play, Mrs Keehn said it was a great “celebration” of 65 years worth of success from the theatre group.
“Because it was coming up to the 65th, we wanted to do something that would involve lots of people to really make it a celebration of what the theatre is,” she said.
“To be able to open the doors and pull in so many new people who haven’t ever acted here before … that’s really nice.
“I’m really chuffed that everyone’s still enjoying it.”
Aside from the thrill of performing and being involved in the creative process, Mrs Keehn takes joy in being able to express herself through the art form.
“Theatre just has its own little family feel about it,” she said.
“It’s letting people express themselves in a way that’s outside the normal box that we all have to fit into.
“Theatre is a lot more accepting of people who are different or outside that stereotype … It just gives you that little outlet to express yourself.”
The play is being held at the Little Players Theatre on Friday November 29 at 7.30pm, Saturday November 30 at 7.30pm, and Sunday December 1 at 2pm.