A Child's Garden of Verses
December 28-31, 1996
Location: The Mack (David MacKenzie theatre)
Written by: Hank Stinson, based on the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson
Director: Hank Stinson
Music: Helen Stewart MacCrae
Producer: Karen Swanson
Stage Manager: unknown
Blaine Hrabi: the Shadow
Valerie Moore: the Nurse
Mark Stevenson: Big Man
Tyler Hatcher-Gallant: Smout, the boy
ACT wanted to offer something for families during the Christmas holiday week. Hank, long-time actor in and otherwise contributor to The Charlottetown Festival, and long-time friend of ACT folks, offered this musical play, conveying the imaginative poems of the famous book by Robert Louis Stevenson.
It is about a small boy (Stevenson, in fact) who is sick in bed with tuberculosis. His shadow comes to take him on a nocturnal adventure. Together they take a train ride to the ocean, fight a pitched battle at sea, and outwit a giant (Big Man), all before breakfast.
A choir of mainly young people sang musical settings of the poems.