Performers in the Rossland Light Opera Players’ 2017 main-stage show

Reluctant Dragon offers fun and music for entire family

The Rossland Light Opera Players (RLOP) will be performing The Reluctant Dragon in Rossland, Trail and Castlegar.

A musical about a poetry- and tea-loving dragon will soon bring family fun to local stages.

For this year’s main-stage production, the Rossland Light Opera Players (RLOP) will be performing The Reluctant Dragon in Rossland, Trail and Castlegar.

“It’s about a small village [that] is primarily made up of individuals who don’t want to work and they discover that there’s a dragon living in the nearby hills. And the assistant mayor, who is quite ambitious, he decides to use this as political fodder to pump up his chances of becoming mayor,” explains Ben Walker, director of the production. “So he decides to bill a fight between the dragon and this famous dragon slayer named St. George.”

But as it turns out the dragon is not evil — he’s a vegetarian poet. But there are other evil characters in the play, including the evil stepmother, played by RLOP president Sarah Sordi.

“She’s really evil. She’s got some very sinister plans for her poor stepson,” says Sordi, who has been performing with the RLOP for five years. “She’s pure evil, and a little bit of a wingnut and a flake as well.”

The assistant mayor, Nigel, is also a shady character.

“He’s kind of inciting the villagers against the dragon to try and boost his political credibility,” explains Michael Davis, who plays Nigel. This is Davis’s first performance with the RLOP, but he has done a lot of high school and university theatre. “Since I moved to the area, this is the first show I’ve done, so I’m excited.”

The 20-25 performers appearing in The Reluctant Dragon range from nine to 70 years old, and all have been rehearsing since the new year.

“We’re doing choreography on Tuesdays right now, and the choreography is being done by Lindsay Fraser,” says Walker.

Performances will begin on April 21 in Rossland:

Rossland Summit School

Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)

Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)

Stanley Humphries Secondary School

Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. (doors at 1:30 p.m.) and 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)

JL Crowe Secondary School

Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)

Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. (doors at 1:30 p.m.) and 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)

The cast and crew encourage everyone to come out and check out the show.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s not just for kids, but kids will definitely enjoy it, but I think that adults are going to have a lot of fun as well, and I’d like to encourage everyone to come on out,” says Walker.

“We’ve got a lot of newer members this year, who are really keen to showcase their talents, so I think the show would be well worth it to come out and support some local performers and our community organization,” says Sordi.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children 13 and under. They can be purchased at Tails Pet Supplies in Rossland, Mountain High Lighting in Castlegar or the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail.

Just Posted

Trail liquor store held up Friday night

The perpetrator was brandishing a weapon that appeared to be a gun, according to the Trail RCMP

Trail Smoke Eaters lose in shootout to Coquitlam Express

The Trail Smoke Eaters battled the Express in a tight checking 2-1 shootout loss on Friday

Lest We Forget

Crowd fills downtown Trail for Remembrance Day ceremony

Remembering Trail veterans

The Trail Legion now has 14 veterans from the Second World War

3 games, 3 wins for the Vees

Penticton wins 4-3 over Smoke Eaters

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo apperances in superhero movies

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Lack of public response threatens B.C. referendum credibility

Of the few who have voted, poll finds most rejected proportional representation

Tentative deal reached in NHL concussion lawsuit

More than 100 former players accused the league of failing to better prevent head trauma

Grim search for more fire victims; 31 dead across California

More than 8,000 firefighters battled wildfires that scorched at least 1,040 square kilometres

Politicians need to do better on social media, Trudeau says

Prime minister suggests at conference in Paris some are trying to use technology to polarize voters

Wally Buono exits CFL, stinging from painful playoff loss

B.C. Lions lost the Eastern semifinal to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, 48-8

Pot company hopes to replace jobs lost in mill closure in B.C. town

About 200 workers lost their jobs when the Tolko sawmill in Merritt shuttered in 2016

Most Read