Wednesday, 15 May 2013 16:16

Strawberry Shortcake helped by rock icon’s daughter

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Fans of Strawberry Shortcake will be able to see their favourite red-haired heroine come to life with Koba Entertainment’s family theatrical, Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own Beat.

The show will be presented in Swift Current on May 23 at Sky Centre.
“Strawberry Shortcake has been such a beloved property for many years, and she’s one of those characters that has been able to actually evolve her look,” explained Patti Caplette, stage director, writer and award-winning choreographer.
“Instead of the short curly-haired, freckled face in greeting cards years ago, she now has full head of hair and runs her own store. Life in the berry patch is wonderful, exciting, and all about girl empowerment. That was really attractive to me.”
For the musical numbers in this production, Caplette turned to Lorelei Bachman, daughter of music legend Randy Bachman.
Bachman teamed up with her father and her children to come up with four original songs for the theatrical.
“I had never co-written with my dad before this venture, but all our lives growing up we would write kid’s music about pets and school and things we liked,” noted Bachman. “I was really excited to take this chance and work with my dad, and the rest of our big family, on something like this.”
Bachman has always had a soft spot for Strawberry Shortcake, and loved having the opportunity to write music for the characters she had enjoyed as a child. She was also pleased to help write important messages for children into the pieces for the theatrical.
“There is such a great theme of confidence in this story, that no matter how small you are you can do big things, so don’t be afraid to stand out and take chances,” Bachman added. “For kids, listening to songs like this puts that message out there in a clear and concise way, to help give them those lightbulb moments. Coming out to these shows and getting these messages that being unique is a great strength is something really important for kids.”
Caplette added the production will be a great family outing for parents, grandparents, and children of all ages.
Anyone can enjoy the storyline, but she noted it is especially important for young people, who will someday be running our country.
“This is a great way to give them strong, powerful messages to take away from this,” she said. “I think people are sometimes surprised by how deep these productions really are, and I like to stand back in the lobby and hear those kinds of remarks, see the kids, and learn what kind of experience they’ve had. I think everyone really enjoys our productions, and it’s a great way to introduce kids to live performance. Television and movies are great, but this really is another level of excitement for them.”

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