by Andrew Marre

So, here it is, almost mid-March, and every parent knows what that means – MARCH BREAK!!

A whole week with the little darlings not going to school… so what to do with them? Well, here’s an idea – take them to the theatre. It’s indoors, it’s warm and, best of all, it’s fun! And this March Break, the Stirling Festival Theatre has just the thing for you – Bumper Crop.

Written by Ken MacDougall, the Stirling favourite who writes and directs our Christmas musical comedy Panto and other shows, this show features the amazing talents of the Stirling Academy – the new name for the Young Company. The Academy takes young people from Stirling and the surrounding areas, and gives them professional coaching in acting, singing, dancing and all the other elements that go to make a show.

If you have seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Footloose, or any of the other amazing Young Company Shows, you’ll know what how great these shows are. And the kids get all this coaching free. It’s part of how the Stirling Festival Company gives back to our community.

Bumper Crop is the story of Charlie, a girl who enters a giant vegetable contest in the hopes of winning money to buy a scooter. She meets a host of strange characters along the way: a fitness guru for vegetables, her mother’s longtime nemesis, an accountant turned scarecrow, just to name a few.

She brings her hopes (and giant pumpkin) to the Innis World Record Fair. Will she win? There’s only one way to find out – come and see the show.

It’s full of laughter, music and maybe a tear or two along the way. But like all Academy shows, it will be a showcase for young people from the area and we guarantee you’ll leave the theatre feeling great.

Bumper Crop runs from Friday March 10 until Saturday March 18, with afternoon and evening shows. All tickets are $12 (plus HST and booking fee) and you can book online at www.stirlingfestival theatre.com or call our Box Office at 613-395-0846. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.