This weekend, September 21 and 22, Mystic Moonbeam Studios is presenting The Frog Prince at Track Street Growers. Mystic Moonbean Studios is the brainchild of Anna Fin, a professional actress of both stage and film. Though she has previously directed theatrical productions, the Frog Prince will be both the studios debut production and Fin’s first time producing a play. She is also both directing and acting in the play.
To help with the process, Fin brought good friend and theatre professional Matt Krist to Revelstoke, thanks in part to a grant from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.
Krist has spent 8 years running his own theatre company, Frolic, in Toronto.
“I knew Matt would be an asset because he has produced plays before,” says Finn. He is also an experienced actor.
Playing the titular role of the Frog Price, Krist has enjoyed his time in Revelstoke. “I love it,” he says. The fact that the performance takes place at Track Street Growers also resonates with him. “The farm to table is my mandate for Frolic,” he explains.
“It’s the perfect setting to share the magic of this fairy tale play,” says Fin.
The Frog Prince is a well-loved fairy tale, is given a modern interpretation by David Mamet, and is to be to be enjoyed by audiences both young and old. It tells the story of the arrogant Prince (Matt Krist) who is transformed into a Frog by the Witch (Gill McLachlan) for his rudeness. He befriends the Milkmaid (Anna Fin), hoping for a kiss that will free
him from the spell, while all the while learning the value of true friendship and loyalty from his Serving Man (Ray Cooper).
The performance will also feature a guest appearance from a very special member of the Selkirk Saddle Club: Jazz the horse, as the Prince’s trusty steed. Krist trains racehorses at the Woodbine Racetrack and is excited about this opportunity to share the magic of horses with the audience.
The Frog Prince takes the stage at Track Street Growers (226 Track St. East) on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2:00 & 6:00, and Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2:00. Tickets are $8 for children/seniors and $13 for adults, and are available at Art First Gallery (113 1 st Street West), the Revelstoke Visitor Centre (301 Victoria Road), and at the door. The venue is outfitted to present the show in both rain or shine.