The Golden Ass
Written and directed by Craig Howe
Valley Artists is committed to encouraging and fostering the active involvement of youth in theatre, in both acting and backstage roles. Over the years, local children have experienced the magic of theatre and delighted audiences with shows such as The Wind in the Willows, The Ugly Duckling and The Twits.
This tradition continued in 2013 as Valley Artists proudly presents The Golden Ass, an original play written by our very own Craig Howe. Craig is well known to many in the Valley through his teaching role at Laguna Public School and for his acting roles in such VA productions as Money and Friendsand A Streetcar Named Desire.
Craig will be made his directorial debut with The Golden Ass, a play which is loosely based on a Grimm’s fairy tale. Just about everyone is familiar with the timeless stories of the ‘Brothers Grimm’. These 19th century German brothers together collected and rewrote European folk tales, popularising such stories as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White. The brothers’ original fables were meant to teach lessons and morals and often employed scare tactics to do so. Many of the tales have been rewritten and adapted, as it was felt they were too dark, even gruesome. Nonetheless, they continue to be popular around the world to this day.
The Golden Ass is altogether a lighter-hearted tale. Set in a small rural village, the cast of characters includes a farmer of modest means, his kindly wife and three clever daughters, a greedy innkeeper, a duplicitous goat and a donkey with a very special gift.
The Golden Ass promises to be a great night of entertainment with something for everyone: kids of all ages will enjoy a rollicking story liberally dosed with humour, magical tricks, singing and dancing. In common with all good fairy tales, there Performances are some valuable lessons for us along the way!