The hundred acre wood can be visited on a White Rock stage this Christmas; the production of A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail returns Dec. 7 and 8 with the help of an Aldergrove actress.
Bria Pickering, a 12-year-old Aldergrove actress played the role of Piglet last year, but has moved on this time around as the energetic, fun-loving tiger Tigger.
“Piglet was a bigger role but Tigger is a lot more fun and active,” Pickering said, noting that the roles were polar opposites. “I was supposed to be shy when I was Piglet but Tigger is more energetic”
“I can be both,” she added, “shy sometimes and then I love to dance around and be hyper.”
Put on through the Surrey Youth Theatre Company, the organization is celebrating 23 years of crafting family holiday entertainment.
Directed by Susan Pendleton, the company teaches young people meaningful life skills, builds their self-esteem and fosters their creativity while preparing committed young people to continue their passion for live theatre.
Pendleton said A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail is full of enchanting songs and beloved characters, that see them embark on a holiday adventure of sharing, caring, friendship and joy.
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Set in the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh and his friends set out on a mission to make their friend Eeyore happy for the holidays, searching for his missing tail in the process.
Young cast members from the Fraser Valley tackle the iconic characters of Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Baby Roo and, of course, Winnie-the-Pooh.
“[SYTC] is very welcoming and makes you feel like you are part of the family,” Pickering explained. Though she felt the experience was fun, Pickering told the Langley Advance Times that a career as a nurse might suit her better.
Productions run 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 7, and 4 p.m. on Dec 8 at the White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave.
Run time is one hour.
Tickets and more information is available at www.surreyyouththeatre.ca.
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