Blue Castle - The musical
Yes, her name is Valancy and ‘The Blue Castle’, to be staged in November by ACT (a community theatre), tells her story. This musical written by Hank Stinson with additional music by Helen Stewart MacRae is based on a 1926 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The Blue Castle tells the story of Valancy Stirling’s escape from her stultifying home life, her quest for identity, and her awakening as a woman. She is a true hero - a glowing example of courage and determination in the face of the unknown; It’s only when you realize that no one else is going to take care of you that you begin to take care of yourself.
This play won Theatre PEI’s ‘New Voices’ first prize in 1992, and has been staged several times on the Island. The original production had a cast of more than thirty and a live band on stage but Hank Stinson had creative second thoughts - he became increasingly convinced that the work was better suited to an intimate setting, told by a few actors who were really in tune with Lucy Maud Montgomery and her milieu. This production boasts a trimmed script, some new music, and a cast of 12 actors, singers and dancers.
This ACT production is timed to be a part of the November ‘kick-off’ for Anne 2008 and there will be a performance of the show on LM Montgomery’s birthday, November 30. Musical direction will be by Helen Stewart MacRae and choreography by Julia Sauve. Performances will take place at The Guild, on Queen Street, in Charlottetown, on November 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and Dec.1. Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. They are available at the Guild Box Office, (902) 620-3333 and at the Confederation Centre Box Office (902) 566-1267 / 1-800-565-0278 as well as on line at www.confederationcentre.com
This project has been made possible with funding from the Community Cultural Partnership Program of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and with the support of the City of Charlottetown.