How many of us have kissed a lot of frogs, often too many frogs, as we search for our prince? MY OWN FAIRYTALE follows a true story, a story of ten years of heartbreak, love and betrayal as experienced by one woman. Each stage of her journey is portrayed by a different performer, six different actresses in all, ranging from ages 12-32, with each characterizing a different stage of the woman’s personal growth and change. These actresses, accompanied by six leading males and a dynamic ensemble of eleven triple-threat extras, have come together in song and dance to breathe life into this raw, funny and moving piece of musical theater. Through the darkness, the light shines.
Written and directed by Leslie Noel, this workshop production of MY OWN FAIRYTALE will play on Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm on August 16 & 17 and on August 23 & 24, 2013 on the TheaterStage at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way near Shattuck. The public may visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055.
Noel, a Bay Area native, has over 15 years experience in her dual passions of philanthropy and the performing arts. She continues to act in numerous Bay Area musicals and has received multiple Shellie Award nominations. Her favorite roles to date include Maria in West Side Story and Emma in Jekyll & Hyde, winner of the East Bay Critics’ Award. She was also the opening singer for Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway tour at the Dean Lesher.
Her other consuming interest, philanthropy, was sparked by tragedy. At age 17 her journey to a Broadway career was interrupted by a life- threatening illness. After several years of recovery it appeared that she was back on track, only to be forestalled again, this time by the death of a close friend and student, Steffen Ryge, the original Peter Pan in her first musical fundraising production, Wish Upon a Star. After a remarkable opening, he died in a tragic automobile accident the week before his encore performance. In the days following this loss, Noel turned her back on Broadway and created the Peter Pan Foundation. Using her favorite medium of musical theater, the foundation provides children with a safe and nurturing environment to discover their creative talents, teaching them important lessons about responsibility towards themselves and others. Noel, a Jefferson award winner, has also received Diablo Magazine’s Threads Of Hope award, the Comcast Bay Area News Group Hometown Hero Award, and the AT&T Community Spotlight Award for her work with the foundation.
MY OWN FAIRY TALE is a new artistic adventure for Noel. All her previous Peter Pan productions have been created for kids and are lighthearted with happy endings. This is the first piece she has ever created for an adult audience with grown-up themes and a subject matter that is difficult, and deeply personal in nature. It does, however, fit in with her life’s motif of creating good from bad and with her love of musical theater. With the help of her beloved cast, she considers the show to be her most rewarding theatrical experience yet.
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