"Inspired to face the darkness in our world": Ken on A Wrinkle in Time!

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Ken Hildebrandt

A Wrinkle in Time is the first show in our Ordinary Heroes season. What does that mean? And how does it apply to this show?

This season, we decided to explore stories about normal, everyday people facing extraordinary circumstances that force them to take actions that ultimately transform their world in positive ways. We seem to be fixated on super-heroes, so I think our ‘Ordinary Heroes’ theme is a nice riff on that fascination. We’re trying to say you don’t need super-powers to do great things.
 
In the case of A Wrinkle in Time, Meg Murry lives a fairly normal life but is faced with the extra-ordinary circumstance of rescuing her father from the clutches of evil. Her determination, her passion, her ability to overcome her fears is an inspiration to us, even though her journey through time and space is a bit fantastical.
 
Meg is one of literature’s first modern heroines and I think it’s important to highlight the fact that heroism is not gender-based – it’s people who make a difference when they set their mind to it.
 

Tell us a little bit about the creative team that we put together for this show. Anyone G7 audiences would know?

I’m really excited about the artistic team we’ve been able to pull together for this show. Kate Muchmore Woo is returning to the director’s chair after directing our productions of Enchanted April, The Mousetrap and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all of which were top notch shows. Gabe Kirkley, who’s performed and designed for us in the past, returns to create amazing projections and a fantastic sound design. Newcomer Kris Dietrich, who is the technical director over at SAMC Theatre at TWU, will be doing lights. Costumes is by newcomer Uliana Akulenko, master artist Dianna Lewis, who’s done a ton of shows for us, is taking on the props design, and G7 regular, Laura Milette, is doing the make-up design. I think this show is not only going to be an entertaining and thought-provoking theatre experience, it’s going to be a feast for the eyes and ears as well!
 

Why did you choose A Wrinkle in Time?

This show has been on the list for a while now, and through a variety of circumstances, it finally worked to program it these season. It’s a well-known children’s story that explores family, love, forgiveness, but also has some underlying spiritual themes that make it a great fit for us at G7.
 
In addition to all of that, this show gave us another chance to explore newer staging technologies like projections to help tell the story. Exploring new technologies definitely keeps us on our toes as we continue to grow and develop our artistic skills as a theatre.
 
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Cara Straforelli and Danielle Milette. Photo by Dianna Lewis.
 

Who do you think will enjoy this show?

Aside from the fact that A Wrinkle in Time is a much-beloved, classic story and that the stage adaptation does a great job of balancing the important story elements with some of the important themes found in the book in a very tight, high paced 100 minute show, I think people are also going to really enjoy the technical elements we’re using to help tell the story. I mean, there’s going to be a massive brain on stage, not to mention some pretty cool projections and the creative use of set pieces…sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?
  

What are you hoping audiences will take away from this epic journey?

While I’m excited about all the technical elements, and that I think people are in for an entertaining ride, I hope audiences come away from the journey feeling inspired to face the darkness in our world, and to fill it with light through love, compassion, and forgiveness.

 

A Wrinkle in Time starts November 8 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre—get your tickets now!