The Cape Breton University Boardmore Theatre is all about family fun when the Boardmore Theatre Family Series takes the stage as part of the 41st Season of Plays. Night Light and Maritime Marionettes’ production of Jack and the Beanstalk are guaranteed to entertain family members of all ages. The plays are educational in nature and focus on topics such as bullying and friendship.
“Theatre can be used to educate and entertain at the same time,” says Todd Hiscock, Artistic Director of Boardmore Theatre. “Night Light is a great play to teach young audiences about how to deal with bullies, and Jack and the Beanstalk magically reminds us to appreciate what we have, and that it is how big we are on the inside that matters most of all – two wonderful plays for the whole family.”
In Night Light, written by John Lazarus and directed by Todd Hiscock, Farley, the bully, forces Victor, the smart kid, to do his homework for him. Tara, Victor’s sister, is afraid of the dark. Night Light explores the use of friendship to empower. Victor learns to overcome the bully and help his sister manage her fears. And, with Victor’s help, Farley discovers he can do math. Daily performances of Night Light will take place this week at 10am for the area’s students. Public performances will take place May 12 at 7pm and May 13 at 2pm.
Next week, Maritime Marionettes retell the popular folktale Jack and the Beanstalk, that follows Jack’s incredible journey from his humble cottage, up a giant beanstalk, to a castle in the sky. This lighthearted presentation is for all ages and features marionettes, shadow puppets, music, and storytelling. School performances will take place May 15-17 at 10am with one public performance scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm.
Tickets for the Boardmore Theatre Family Series are on sale now. The CBU Boardmore Theatre is open Monday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are $12 general, $8 children and seniors, and $6 CBU students.