Burn, Baby, Burn

This toy story isn’t just for kids

The Steadfast Tin Soldier is one of those Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales that breaks your heart while offering hope. First published in 1838, it tells of a one-legged tin soldier who falls from a window and is reunited with his paper princess love under dire circumstances. In this era of Pixar animation, the story is an unusual choice for a production, but The PlayGround Theatre isn’t your everyday children’s theater company. “We asked the director of the play, Vyatcheslav Dolgachev, to direct a show for ages three to eight. It’s a Soviet play that he adapted, and it’s a gift to children. They don’t get to see rich costumes and traditional storytelling anymore. Both children and adults love it, it’s so beautiful,” gushes Stephanie Ansin, the theater’s co-artistic director. Dolgachev is an accomplished director with an impressive list of Russian theater awards under his belt. The play opens this morning at 11:00 at the Shores Performing Arts Theater. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-751-9550, or visit www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.
Nov. 11-12

 
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