Company: MTYP Summer Studio, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 29 - Richardson Hall (MTYP)
An entertaining critique of our consumerist culture, and a touching exploration of what it means to grow up.
In this charming, lively production from the kids at MTYP's Summer Studio Teen Company, we get a modern-day fairy tale set in a Walmart-esque world. The result is an entertaining critique of our consumerist culture, and a touching exploration of what it means to grow up.
Alexis Ferguson is delightful as the impish "Pryce," a girl abandoned as a baby in Aisle 19 of the Mega Price Mart. Raised by a trio of sales associates all named Stacy, Pryce is happy to spend her days eating jellybeans and reading celebrity magazines. But when she learns of a lost and found on the far reaches of the store, she decides to strike out on an epic journey to find out if anyone has claimed her.
Pryce meets some Grimms-like characters along the way: the price-chopping "Slasher," the World's Most Demanding Shopper, and some very funny "Free Sample" ladies. The young cast plays these roles with gusto, and seem to have a lot of fun doing it.
When Pryce finally gets to her destination - and must make a big decision about her future - you'll be sad to see her go.
It's worth checking out this modern retail fairy tale.