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The Paris Junior College Drama Department will open its season with The Delicious Revenge of Princess Ruby Slippers. The children’s play will run through Sept. 22 and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ray Karrer Theater.
The play begins as a tale of sibling rivalry and parental desperation. Ruby and Jake’s mom just wants a five-minute break. Ruby just wants to play with her brother Jake and his friend Tom, but they refuse. What does she do? She hides in a box and disappears into a fairy tale world. This tale turns into a story of comic confusion as soon as the children enter the make-believe world.
Their mother appears in the new world as a not-so-helpful fairy godmother. The big bad wolf, a giant, Prince Charming and a witch itching to make boy pie all make appearances, leading to a surprise around every corner and a twist in every tale.
According to PJC Drama Instructor and play Director Alex Peevy, PJC’s Department of Drama is dedicated to cultural awareness through performing arts, which can be seen in various forms.
“In some cases that cultural awareness comes through the immortal works of Shakespeare,” Peevy said. “In this case it’s through a pigtailed, princess-obsessed little girl who is at eternal odds with her somewhat older brother.”
Though the children’s play is light-hearted, it contains real-life elements most people can find relatable. Along the way, Ruby’s relationship with her brother is able to develop beyond sibling rivalry.
“Through Ruby’s imagination of a fairytale world she comes closer to her real world brother,” Peevy said. “We really enjoy doing family theatre, like The Delicious Revenge of Princess Ruby Slippers, because it allows us to show the community that theater can reach out beyond age differences, as we will all find this story and the relationships in it fun and enjoyable.”
The cast includes Paige Collins as Ruby, Riley Collard as Jake, Taren Sartor as Tom, and Samantha Turner as the mother. The crew includes Marcus Kraut as stage manager, Kaytlyn Sims as assistant stage manager, Derick Waugh as sound board operator and Tori Hunt as light board operator.
Tickets are $5 and are free for students with a PJC ID. For more information, call 903.782.0488.
By Courtney McNeal, eParisExtra