Adorable monster on stage

Play opens next week                                                     

Writing a new play is not easy, particularly when it's about a monster in The Himalayas. 

Last year, I embarked on the task after feeling really bad for those forgotten characters from Christmas stories. 

Why does The Abominable Snow Beast roar all the time and never get a chance to tell his side of the story? 

Why are Ms Snowman and Mrs. Claus unnamed when alongside Frosty and Santa? Is Sasquatch just a lonely soul who is misunderstood and camera shy?

 Yeti —The Untold Story of The Abominable Snow Monster, is my story of the mysterious, elusive snow beast that up until now has merely been the stuff of legend.

Following the crazy hit of our Christmas play last year, the New Vintage team and I have been at hard at work on the premiere of this winter play. 

It has been a challenge. Many of the team recently finished Macbeth and jumping into a family show that takes place at the snowy North Pole took some acclimatization.

Others have had to explore moving in new and different ways as they are now big, furry and have enormous feet.

Our dates are also pretty awkward, just after Remembrance Day, before December; we are battling some serious anti-early Christmas sentiment.

That said we are now ready to open the “real” story of Yeti on Wednesday and a whole cast of characters promise you a wonderful kick off to the winter holiday season with the quirky vibe we are known for.

You will also learn some facts about Yetis because I used historical accounts of Yeti sightings, too.

That and my own experiences as a parent and teacher are the basis for this story.

It’s a weird combination, but monster wrangling and parenting are sometimes strangely similar and this story is one that is really adorable on stage.

The songs are also songs I sang to my little boys, now huge and grown up, so it is very personal.

The play’s theme of acceptance is also makes it a hit with schools; all of our matinees have been sold out since September.

Yeti — The Untold Story stars theatre favourites Torsten Norgel, as Yeti, with Ashley Plomp, Graham Daley, Adam Weaver, Sheila Campbell, Josie Morrow, Ashley Johnson, Justin Gaudio, Hailey Sabourin, Juice FM’s Joseph Otoo, and Vince Walzak returns as Santa. 

Pre-show snowflake making and post-show meet and photos with the characters will be added features of this fun event.

I hope you can make it to my newest play. 

There are still tickets available to the evening performances of Yeti — The Untold Story of The Abominable Snow Monster for Nov. 16, 18-19, 22-23 shows at 7 p.m. Tickets, which range from $20-$10, are available at www.rotarycentreforthearts.com or by calling 250-717-5304.

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About the Author

Bonnie Gratz is an actor, director, and playwright. She is the Artistic Director of Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre, and a member of the Playwright's Guild of Canada and The Literary and Dramaturges of North America. 

For more on Bonnie, check out www.bonnie-gratz.com or check out www.newvintage.ca

Contact Bonnie at:  [email protected]


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