photo by Caroline Marshall

A new generation of talent is forming in our community! Kemptville Players Inc. Kids (KPIK) is excited to present for you their first play: WINTER WONDERLAND, Saturday, January 20 at 2:30 pm in the Urbandale Arts Centre in Kemptville. It is a locally written, unique story of hope, belief, snow days, kids being kids, and all sorts of fun adventures in the town of Snowy Hollow. A story by kids – for kids!

Recognizing a need for theatre in Kemptville that is not a musical, Kemptville Players Inc. started KPIK last year with workshops on acting and all things that go on behind the scenes, and are now ready to bring this talent to the stage in KPI’s 50th anniversary year.

Auditions, which were held in November and December, proved that the youth talent in our community was so great that the script had to be expanded from an original cast of 24 to 32, in order to include all who auditioned. The script was adapted to showcase all of the talent that was presented to the audition committee. In addition, some youth wanted to help behind the scenes and will also be mentored by KPI members. Mary-Anne Leang, who co-wrote the original play with her daughter, Amanda, was impressed with the immediate interest in this community initiative.

Laura Drover, co-director, says she is amazed at how far the kids have come since the first rehearsal, especially given that, for many of them, this is their first involvement with KPIK. As they grow to understand stage presence and character development, their enthusiasm builds, and it is exciting for all who are present at the rehearsals to witness. KPI is grateful that the parents are as excited and involved as their children in this production.

Tickets are $10 each and are available online at www.KemptvillePlayers.ca, or in person at B&H Your Community Grocer, or at the North Grenville Municipal Centre (2nd floor reception during business hours).

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