James Te of St. Andrew’s Regional High School and Gabrielle Dillera are among the cast of Rap-Tastic Tales, a play that explores homelessness through the use of fairy tale characters May 10 to 12 at Spectrum Community School theatre. Photo submitted

Saanich school play tells grim tale of local housing

A Saanich school is using familiar characters from fairy tales to highlight contemporary issues around homelessness.

Titled Rap-Tastic Tales, the play by St. Andrew’s Regional High School imagines Hansel and Gretel as victims of homelessness and renovictions, who must find their way in a society populated by shady entrepreneurs and corrupt politicians, also played by fairy tale characters like the Big Bad Wolf.

Laura Angrove, who teaches theatre, along with social studies and film and television at the school, said the play draws inspiration from real life cases of renovictions, the eviction of tenants that results from the renovation of their apartment buildings.

Angrove said the play has chosen fairy tale characters because the characters themselves have suffered from homelessness in their respective backstories, as it was the case with Hansel and Gretel.

“They are very relatable to the public,” she said. “Their story is known.”

To ground the characters in their contemporary context, the play relies on hip-hop and modern clothing. But the wardrobes of the individual characters feature little personalized touches that clearly identify their fairy-tale origins.

So how has the cast of some 30 students ranging from Grade 9 to 12 reacted to playing grimy versions of fairy tale characters?

“I think they are having fun,” she said.

The shows runs Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12, with curtains rising each night at 7:30 p.m. at Spectrum Community School theatre on Burnside Road.

Just Posted

Police respond after dog left in vehicle at the movies

West Shore RCMP determined the animal was not in distress

Students urged to get bus passes

Students needing to take a bus starting in September are urged to… Continue reading

Technical rescues on the rise for local fire departments

Rescues allow firefighters to use different skill set

BC Nurses Union calls for decriminalization of opioids

BCNU president wants the federal government to do more to reduce preventable deaths

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

14-year-old pilot attempts to break Guinness World Record at B.C. airport

Mohd Shaikhsorab wants to become youngest pilot with fewest hours logged to fly solo

Price no guarantee for safety with horse riding helmets: new report

A Swedish insurance report reveals that many brands of equestrian helmets do not protect riders as well as they could.

One year later: Still no suspects in killing of 13-year-old B.C. girl

Marrisa Shen was killed in Burnaby’s Central Park on July 18, 2017

Cougar shot by police in Nanaimo

Shooting occurred in water at Nanaimo Yacht Club at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday

BC Games opening ceremonies promise to be magical

Features Shane Koyczan and his band, Asani, parade of athletes, and lots more

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors send DeMar DeRozan to Spurs in colossal NBA trade

Toronto also sent Jakob Poeltl and 2019 first-round pick, gets Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

More lightning forecast as storm sparks 38 new wildfires in B.C.

22 new fires in are burning in the Kamloops Fire Centre according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Most Read