Disenchanted by Dennis T. Giacino
August 18 – 23, 25 – 27 at HI-Edmonton Hostel: Common Room
An interview with Ruth Wong-Miller.
Describe your show in one sentence.
Fairy tale femmes have a bone to pick about their portrayal and would like to describe how their “happily ever afters” really went down.
Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description of your show?
This is the Edmonton premiere of a hilarious Off-Broadway hit musical! Centred around Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses, forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades have tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same.
What drew you to presenting this story of fairytale princesses who want to “set the record straight”? What themes does this show delve into?
I originally discovered this show back in 2015, and loved the premise of the story. I knew this show needed to have an all woman cast and crew to properly tell the story! It uses humour to tell the stories of what happens to Storybook princesses AFTER “happily ever after”, which I loved, and above that, shares a strong women’s empowerment and sisterhood theme throughout. It pokes fun while sending a strong, modern message to audiences. Themes that appear include empowerment, unrealistic expectations placed on women, comparison, and gender roles to name a few.You mention this show is not for children, but can you give audiences a taste of what they can expect to hear from some of the characters? The princesses don’t pull any punches, they are outspoken and mostly unconcerned about societal norms. They are not
You mention this show is not for children, but can you give audiences a taste of what they can expect to hear from some of the characters?
The princesses don’t pull any punches, they are outspoken and mostly unconcerned about societal norms. They are not your typical version of Disneyland princesses! There is some adult language and some very obvious sexual innuendo throughout the show.
Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?
We have had a blast working on this show. Our all-female cast and crew truly love and enjoy each other, which you will see onstage and off. The show has sparked some interesting discussions and discoveries amongst ourselves, and we hope our show, albeit hilarious, opens some discussions about breaking societal stereotypes! We also want to give a shoutout to the creators of the show! Dennis Giacino and team are a huge support to all of the teams who produce this worldwide, so it is amazing being part of the Disenchanted family of femmes! #PrincessesUnite!
The 36th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 17 – 27. Get your tickets at tickets.fringetheatre.ca .