Waiheke Marketplace : August 1st 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 20 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 1, 2012 EVENTS Endless laughter in a magical show George Gardner laughs her way through Kaleido- scope Perfor- mance's show The Toylight Zone at Artworks Theatre. Solemn salute: Tyler Skelton, centre, heads up the toy soldiers in the Kaleidoscope Performance production of The Toylight Zone. Photo: PHILLIPA KARN Story joker: Mr Dooley the narrator, played by El Seren, is a fungi to be reckoned with. Pin-up doll: Taylor Altmann as the voodoo doll is chased by Creepy Clarissa, played by India Vickery. Photo: PHILLIPA KARN Cathartic comedy: Vorna, played by Kathy Ogletree, has a melt down about her terrible childhood. I was expecting cute kids, amazing costumes, foot- tapping music and a bit of humour. But I wasn t expecting to laugh out loud all the way through this production and sit there, eyes agog, at its magical moments. The Toylight Zone is an original show written by Kathy Ogletree who also plays Vorna the witch. It s filled with Kathy s trademark one-liners and is perfectly frivolous from beginning to end. She is a master at making the most of the young per- formers in her classes. This time she choreographs toy soldiers and tiny trolls to captivate the audience. But all the performers, from the rag dolls to the cheerleaders to the ninjas and trans- formers, added to the fast- paced fun of the production. I can t imagine how the 90-strong cast don t trip over each other in the green room. But you wouldn t know out on stage, where childhood memories come flooding back in the form of the beautiful toy ballerina turning on a music box from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Oh, and the script. After a spellbinding opening like a scene from a Disney movie, we find out it s about chil- dren falling into a storybook and being turned into dolls controlled by Vorna the witch. El Seren, dressed as a mushroom with Mr Bean expressions, keeps the story moving as Mr Dooley the narrator. Vorna eventually has an epiphany but not before she cackles and screams through the show in her hysterical -- and quite hilarious -- fashion. It s the best part I ve seen Kathy Ogletree play. She clearly enjoys performing the cackling crone and it rubs off on the entire cast -- and the entire audience -- who have a ball. Pure entertainment! It was a short weekend run this time, but if The Toy- light Zone ever returns, make sure you get a ticket.
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