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Game of Tiaras brought to the stage by Dal AC’s Theatre Society this week

Dal AC students, from left, Thomas Lombardi (a guard), Bailey Tarrant (Elsa), Adam Stever (the king), and Kaylee Selin (Meredith), have been busy preparing for an upcoming production of ‘Game of Tiaras,’ which opens Thursday at the Alumni Theatre.
Dal AC students, from left, Thomas Lombardi (a guard), Bailey Tarrant (Elsa), Adam Stever (the king), and Kaylee Selin (Meredith), have been busy preparing for an upcoming production of ‘Game of Tiaras,’ which opens Thursday at the Alumni Theatre. - Lynn Curwin

BIBLE HILL, N.S.

When an aging king decides to split his empire between his three daughters, hilarious tragedy ensues.

Game of Tiaras, being staged by the Dal AC Theatre Society, combines plot twists, despair and ridiculous situations to create a fast-moving show that leaves the audience laughing.

The production comes on the heels of last year’s The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.

 “We chose Game of Tiaras because it’s written by Don Zolidis, the same person who wrote the play we did last year and the students loved it,” said Joye Sears, who directs. “The costumes are elaborate, which is fun, and it’s flexible with cast numbers and genders.

“The king decides to split his empire between his daughters – Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen – and they battle to take over the kingdom in a Game-of-Thrones style story. There’s a lot of movement and big battle scenes.”

Students are joined by a few members of faculty and administration, to stage the play, which includes about 20 cast members and several people working behind the scenes. Dean David Gray will even make a cameo appearance this year.

Students do the painting and decorating for the set, and many of the costumes are borrowed from the Cobequid Educational Centre, with a volunteer making others.

“For a lot of the students in science-driven programs, this is the only creative outlet,” said Sears, who has been involved in the Dal AC productions since 2004, when she was a student. “Some of them have never been on stage before, and watching them go from terrified to excited is really big.

“It involves seven months of preparation to get to three nights of performances, and the reward is having people come to see it.”

Game of Tiaras will be staged this week, March 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre at Dal AC. Tickets are $15 each and $5 for students, available in advance at MacQuarries on the Esplanade, or at the door.

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