NEWSPAPER REVIEW OF CANADIAN PREMIERE:
The Faery's Kiss:
Faery’s Kiss comes to life first time on St. Stephen Stage
By MELISSA SMITH
ST. STEPHEN- The Faery’s Kiss has elements of humour, romance, mystery, and could have brought a tear to your eye with the bittersweet ending. The play opened on Thursday, July 30 with its Canadian Premier at the St. Stephen Middle School. The St. Croix Theatre Company brought the play to life upon the return of the script to Charlotte County.
The play was inspired and conceived within Charlotte County as playwright and director Bill Breuer looked out over the Bay of Fundy and developed a rural and coastal setting for the play.
Thomas Trent inherits a rural and coastal cottage from his grandfather he never met. Kerry Jackson is cast as Thomas Trent. Jackson portrayed the character to be a professional suit and tie kind of guy when it came to managing his affairs, and a practically thinking man in regards to his lack of belief in folklore.
Trent’s life changes when Fay Sprite, a chipper and mischievous fairy that dwells in the house comes into his life. Jackson creates a gradual change in his character as Trent becomes more enamored with the stories of the “wee folk”, his new estate, and Fay Sprite.
The role of Fay Sprite is double cast between Sarah Spires and Mandi Gagnon. Spires performed opening night and attracted the crowd to the character of Fay Sprite. It is difficult to describe the character of Fay in few words, as the character demands an array of emotions. Spires had to make quick changes in emotion as Fay’s antics and attitudes jumped from very happy and witty, to having her temperature rise with Trent’s disbelief, and her jealousy over Charlene Doll’s flirting.
Her mischievous pranks on houseguests and her antics used to solve problems received a great reaction. Fay’s ensemble was fun and very and what one might expect a fairy to wear.
Gagnon provides her own presentation of the character. Gagnon’s excitement about playing a fairy reflected in her acting as she portrayed Fay’s spirited personality. Gagnon also effectively made quick changes from one emotion to the next with the character of Fay. Gagnon brought much enthusiasm to the role. Gagnon’s costume also differed from Spires to help further her own outlook on the character. Cues for stage magic were timed well and Gagnon was also able to attract the crowd’s attention with her portrayal of Fay Sprite.
Trent’s longtime family lawyer Mr. Chetham, played by Michael Brown and Peter McLeod, welcomes Trent to the estate while also subtlety trying to swindle him out of his estate with tax troubles and the seductress, Charlene Doll. The role of Charlene is also double cast between Angela Curran and Jessica Blackier-Szakacs. Chetham and Charlene become the laughing stock amongst the other characters.
The family’s old housekeeper Mrs. Corrigan, played by Ella Goulding, aids Trent at the estate. Goulding portrays a very loveable motherly character that also represents a kind of comedic relief with her antics. Mrs. Corrigan also has a secret that the audience begins to realize in the second act of the play.
Tech and lighting effects were appropriate and helped to further create the essence of the story. Stage magic was effectively and subtlety used to create Fay’s magic tricks. The music for the play helped to portray the Celtic basis of the production. The set took the audience back to a 19th century rural setting and the sound of rolling waves created the coastal setting like the waves of the Bay of Fundy that helped inspire the story.
Final show times are Aug. 6-8 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Stephen Middle School. The script has returned home and director and playwright Bill Breuer encourages audience members to prepare for an evening of magic. (Reprinted with permission from the St. Croix Courier) ___________________________________________________
REVIEW OF THE WORLD PREMIERE IN THE USA
The Faery’s Kiss A Hit!
-Lots of “Firsts” for Bullitt County!
By Margie Cook
The Faery’s Kiss - a very Celtic Romantic Comedy, is one of a number of World Premieres slated for the Bullitt County Arts Council’s Theatre Company. It was the first full-length world-premiere play for the company and the first time the 540 seat Bullitt Central Auditorium was used by an outside theatre group. The show ran for two weeks. For anyone who missed it, you'll have to travel to Canada to see it this summer.
The show started off with the arrival of a new owner of a rural, coastal cottage. After receiving the papers from a sleazy attorney, and finding out he has a delightful mature Irish Housekeeper, he is told by two very comedic “busybodies” that the place is haunted - but instead he discovers the place is inhabited by Fay Sprite an attractive adult woman who claims to be a fairy (played on alternate nights by Lea Davis and Erin Mann) - who doesn't want him there!
Thomas Trent (played by Timothy Brown) is continually taunted by Fay as she keeps his head in a spin with embarrassing delightful antics while he tries to fit in with the townspeople. We quickly learn she is also trying to protect a secret that others are trying to steal. Notable performances are the very Irish Mrs. Corrigan (played by Alyssa Harley), a very sinister lawyer (Wayne Muscar), a temptress (played on alternate nights by Jill Flaherty and Hannah Corbett) and a fun-loving mysterious character named Robin Goodfellow (John Heffley)
The play had many actors and crew from the area. The part of Mrs. Flannigan was played on alternate nights by Jennifer Ballard and Cheryl Huddleston; and Mrs. Gimbal by Amy Lee and Renee Caldwell.
There were numerous well-done stage magic effects, a statue that moved, things flying off shelves, disappearing milk in a drinking glass and a glow of reddish light that flashed from Fay’s fingers.
The plot contained numerous twists and turns of identity – which kept the audience guessing. Because Fay can only be seen and heard by the people she wants - her presence at inconvenient times created some wonderful comedic scenes. From a party that goes completely wrong to a scene where the elderly housekeeper is thought to be the youthful Fay the energy of the show keeps the audiences well-entertained. Tinker Bell was never like this!
For the final bows, the audience gave a generous standing ovation, cheered and some still had joyful tears in their eyes. Definitely a hit!
The Bullitt County Theatre Company’s Artistic Director and the director for the production, Bill Breuer said, “The word got out and people have come from as far as 200 miles away to see it. Some came back to see it twice. The facility is large and has over 500 seats so it is a perfect venue for future productions.” FONT>
Breuer took the occasion to announce that future productions included plans for “Frankenstein” in October, “A Christmas Carol” in December and next year “The Night Santa Cried” Based on the famous tragic 1917 Train Wreck in Shepherdsville. The Company also has a Comedy Improv Troupe and a Dinner Murder Mystery group. There are also plans for musicals and larger casts of all ages.
Excellent! Delightful! Wonderfully Entertaining!
Super! Great! Enjoyable and fun!
Very Fun! Best getaway from life's pressures!
Best money I've spent in a long time!
Absolutely delightful! Very Entertaining!
An intriguing story and fun to watch!
A cleverly written, light-hearted experience!
Good story! Really funny!
Great comedic timing! Well acted!
Saw it a second time -Great!
Fabulous! Awesome! Bring it back again another year!
Great story! Love the fairy character...she lights the show!
One of the best I've seen in a long time!
Amazing plot twists - throughout!
Wonderful and funny. Well Done!
Good theatre entertainment - just as it used to be!