- Date: 10-12 & 17-19
- Time: -
- Venue: Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, AB
10-12 & 17-19 February 2017
Each year, our nomadic performers delight audiences by acting out a story for several nights during the festival. This is interactive theatre at its best and festival goers are encouraged to participate by writing down their regrets, unhappy feelings, or sad memories in the Story Telling tent. Every evening, these pieces of paper will be put into lanterns and set on fire during the lantern walk that wraps up the evening.
This year's story is called: The Land Of the Golden Apples
A terrible curse has befallen "The Land of the Golden Apples" when the Queen dies during the birth of Princess Summer. Unbearable grief turns the King's heart to ice and Princess Summer and her nursemaid, Magda, are locked away in the highest tower of the castle.
The people of the kingdom, who loved the Queen the most, are transformed into menacing Wolf People. Soon everyone's heart grows as cold as that of the King. The magical orchard of warmth emitting golden apples, for which the kingdom is named, begins to wither and the curse grows stronger. Every living thing turns into a statue of ice and snow patrolled by ferocious Wolf People. The kingdom remains like this for many years.
In a nearby Kingdom, Prince Gerald hears of the beautiful princess trapped in the tower of a cursed kingdom and sets out on a quest to save her. News of the Prince's quest reaches Princess Summer, who is now a young woman, and she escapes the tower in search of Gerald. Magda is sent out to find Summer and the King soon follows. During a blinding blizzard Gerald and Summer stumble into an ice cave and quickly fall in love and as they do the ice cave begins to melt. Magda, then the King, notice the melting cave and come upon Summer and Gerald. As the King stares upon Princess Summer, he is reminded of his beautiful Queen.
Slowly Summer steps towards him, puts her hand to his cheek and whispers "Papa?" Tears fall from the King's eyes as the ice surrounding his broken heart melts away and a golden apple tree begins to grow in the very spot the Kings tears have fallen. The curse is lifted. The good people of the Kingdom, who were once wolf people, return to their human form and the Land of the Golden Apples returns to its former glory.
Ashamed of their evil deeds that had nearly destroyed the Land of the Golden Apples, the people's hearts grow heavy and a little cold creeps back into the kingdom. Quickly the King proclaims that each year the kingdom will write down any thoughts that make them sad or any fear or regret that chases love from their hearts and burn them. As the fires burn so does any chance of the curse returning to the kingdom and each Golden Apple in the land shines a little brighter on this special day.
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Silver Skate Admin Sunday, 11 January 2015 18:26 Comment Link
This event is really as special as you can imagine. Check out the video here: http://www.silverskatefestival.org/go/silver-skate-media/silver-skate-videos/video/silver-skate-festival-edmonton-travel-alberta-canada