The Pelican Playhouse’s very best actors and actresses presented last weekend to a packed of enthusiastic theater-goers at the Rebeca Sosa Theater for the debut of “The Further Adventures of Nick Tickle Fairy Tale Detective” and “Twice Upon a Time.”
Against a colorful timeless fairytale setting, theater-goers had the opportunity to travel through time and see some of their favorites — Snow White, Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, and Cinderella — battle it out with pirates, evil queens, witches, and Rumpelstiltskin.
The audience fell into the palms of their hands as they threw out one-liners one after another. Smiles and laughter filled the room. The audience felt like part of the action rather than just an observer.
Three more shows are scheduled for this weekend and tickets are now on sale. The shows will be held in the Rebeca Sosa Theater at the Community Center and showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.
Ralph Wakefield is the artistic director of the Pelican Playhouse, and talked about the group’s 13th season in Miami Springs.
“This is a continuation of two shows that we did almost nine years ago. We did ‘Nick Tickle Fairytale Detective’ and this time we are doing the continuing adventures of ‘Nick Tickle Fairytale Detective’ and ‘Twice Upon a Time.’ We did ‘Twice Upon a Time’ about eight years ago and now we are doing it again.
“The cast is grown up and moved away except for ‘Nick Tickle Fairytale Detective’ Mary McLees, who was Goldilocks in the original production. In this production, ‘The Continuing Adventures of Nick Tickle Fairytale Detective,’ she plays Granny Possum. That is our link with the past.”
What is the storyline of the play?
“The beginning of the hour showcased ‘Nick Tickle Fairytale Detective’ as to the kidnapping of Granny Possum. Nick is put on the case to solve it by three dwarfs. They are big Granny Possum fans and they love her dearly. They are very sad that she is gone because there is no one to tell the stories. So, they hired Nick to track down Granny Possum’s kidnapper to bring him or her to justice.
“It’s fun from beginning to end. Nick encounters pirates, Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin and his wife, and Prince Charming, all en route to save Granny Possum. I won’t give away how this is solved and who done it be cause it’s a whodunit.
“The second half of the evening brought a delightful ‘Twice Upon a Time.’ ‘Twice Upon a Time’ is the tale of three witches who have lost their spell book. In their attempts to get their spells to work again, they inadvertently conjured Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and all her dwarfs, Beauty from ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and the Frog Prince. They can’t find their book and they can’t get anything right. Princess after princess shows up. Princesses and witches don’t mix very well and in their attempt to get them out much hilarity ensues.”