Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 30, 2014

Out & About: Quirky 'Cinderella' with Fairy Tale Players


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Fairy Tale Players is bringing a quirky adaptation of “Cinderella” to life this weekend in the Parish Hall at St. Paul’s Church, 396 Main St., North Andover.

The fairy tale will be staged Saturday, Feb. 1, with three performances — at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Fairy Tale Players’ version includes kooky stepsisters, a scooter-riding princess and, of course, fabulous footwear. The magic of friendship between all of the characters blossoms when respect and kindness are remembered.

Audience-goers are encouraged to wear their prince and princess costumes, dance with the performers at the party and share jokes and special talents with Cinderella.

Artistic Director Mary Rees Gould of Andover teamed with fellow mother Kelly Walsh to form Fairy Tale Players in 2010.

The community theater veterans are dedicated to performing educational, interactive and inspirational fairy tales for young children and their families. Their monthly performances combine energetic storytelling, audience participation, live music, improvisation and stagecraft education. Performances are geared toward children ages 2 to 8 and are intended to be fun for the whole family.

Gould has appeared in numerous community theater productions, most recently with the Colonial Chorus Players and Andover Community Theater. She is a registered Music Together teacher and teaches classes in Topsfield, Winchester, Andover and at local preschools. Her daughters and husband share her love of music, art and theater, and she says she is thrilled to inspire fellow North Shore families with her nonprofit group’s imaginative performances.

Admission to this weekend’s shows is $5. To reserve tickets, email info@fairytaleplayers.org. For more information on Fairy Tale Players or the production, visit www.fairytaleplayers.org.

Former NHL star ‘Fighting Back’ at bookstore

Former Boston Bruin Chris Nilan visits Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St., Andover, on Saturday, Feb. 1, at noon to discuss his new book, “Fighting Back: The Chris Nilan Story.”

Nilan, who attended Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury and Northeastern University in Boston, played for the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadians and was a Stanley Cup champion during his NHL career. In his book, he exposes his life after hockey, a life that often destroys many athletes after their careers end, and his triumphs against his demons.

Admission is free. Call 978-475-0143 or visit www.hugobookstores.com for more.

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