Delaney Gilmour and Langley’s Mike Parker star as the Jester and Rumpelstilskin in ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ The family friendly pantomime runs Nov. 23 to Dec. 17 at the Bernie Legge Theatre in New Westminster. Submitted photo

Langley actor stars in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ pantomime

Show runs Nov. 23 to Dec. 17 at The Bernie Legge Theatre

When a Prince stumbles across a castle in Queens Park that nobody else can see, an old man tells him the story of how an evil fairy put a curse on a princess 116 years ago.

Sleeping Beauty, a classic fairytale, comes to life as a brand new family friendly pantomime at the Bernie Legge Theatre Nov. 23 to Dec. 17.

The production, by Vagabond Players, features Langley actor Mike Parker as Rumpelstiltskin, and is the fist pantomime put on by the theatre company since 1987.

Parker has been involved with community theatre in the Fraser Valley since he was 19, and has done every job possible.

He first fell in love with live theatre at the age of eight when he was taken to see a Christmas pantomime of Jack in the Beanstalk. He got so involved in the story that he jumped up and punched the Giant for being mean to Jack. Luckily, both Parker and the Giant survived to perform for yet another day.

Parker most recently trod the boards at Vagabond in 2016 when he played Ernie, the Pizza Man in the world premiere of Body and Soul. He also acted in the society’s production of Murder by the Book and directed Goodnight, Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), which was Vagabond’s Festival entry in 2014.

Sleeping Beauty’s cast includes Theresa Cowley as the Sleeping Princess and Faith Hurd as the Prince who comes to break the spell and awaken her. Maegan Eastwood as Mother Fairy and Denise Brookson as Magnificent represent the forces of good and evil, and the King and Queen are played by Jean-Francois Thivierge and Roger Monk.

The cast is rounded out by Jennifer Misera as the Old Man, Elizabeth Irving as Concord, and a troupe of highly original fairies played by Delaney Gilmour, Anisha Thivierge, Frederique Roussel, Vivian Davidson and Janessa Thivierge.

Directed by Bev Pride and Elizabeth Drummond, Sleeping Beauty features sumptuous sets, gorgeous costumes, a little bit of magic and loads of audience participation.

Sleeping Beauty runs Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at the Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park, New Westminster.

Tickets are $17 for adults or $15 for seniors and youth. Previews on Nov. 23 and 24 are $12.

Purchase tickets online at www.vagabondplayers.ca/tickets or call 604-521-0412.

Just Posted

Mom delivers plastic mats to Langley’s homeless

Jenifer Kosman fashions sleeping mats from plastic grocery bags

Fraser Health asking taxpayers for millions more in health care capital funding

Health authority wants Fraser Valley taxpayers to triple annual contribution to $5.75 million

UPDATE: Man in mid-20s killed in targeted shooting in Abbotsford

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

Giants fall in six-round shootout

Visiting Victoria squad beats Vancouver 4-3 at Langley Events Centre

GALLERY: Giants host Royals in WHL action

Photos from the Vancouver Giants clash with the Victoria Royals at the Langley Events Centre

UPDATED: SUV fire at Langley mall (with video)

Firefighters respond to Fraser Highway incident

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail alleged sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Most Read