Brad Dewar plays the title role in the musical production of The Tinker of Tivoli at the Newton Cultural Centre June 25-29.

Posturing, passion and pie

Young People’s Opera Society presents The Tinker of Tivoli on Surrey stage.

Bravery, deception, love, music – and plenty of pie. What more could anyone want from a musical production?

Did we mention pie?

The Tinker of Tivoli comes to the Surrey stage next week, following the story of Beppe (played by Brad Dewar), the tinker himself. It seems he’s grown quite weary of fixing everyone’s household items for free, as there is little respect given to him in return.

One day, while angrily defending his – you guessed it – pies from flies, he swats a small swarm. And it dawns on him: why not tell the townspeople he has killed seven in one blow? They don’t need to know he’s talking about insects.

The villagers are duly impressed and treat him like the hero he had hoped. Except for the town cynic, Luigi (played by Joseph Thomas Messner), who also happens to be Beppe’s arch nemesis.

As Beppe becomes more popular, Luigi becomes increasingly determined to plan his demise.

In the meantime, however, Luigi’s son Ernesto (Chantelle Anderson) and Beppe’s daughter Nannina (Taylor Harrison) have fallen for one another. The road to love is bumpy, what with gossiping friends Isabella (Rebecca Teskey), Angelina (Amaris Gutierrez Sandoval) and Rosina (Jessica Hebbel) trying to help and the town pie-maker Madalena (Lisa Teskey), serving up an oversized helping of wisdom and pastries to solve everyone’s problems.

The production, presented by the Young People’s Opera Society of B.C. (YPOSBC) and the Arts Council of Surrey was created by the same group – the Youth Opera of New Jersey – that did Pandora’s Box, which the YPOSBC produced in 2011.

It features well-known music of Rossini (of Barber of Seville fame) with 18 songs, such as When You Have a Flair for Baking, Truest Love is Like a Sweet, Sweet Pie, and My Dearest Father.

When Luigi finally challenges the now-popular Beppe to a contest of skill, Beppe loses the battle and the deception is revealed.

The disappointment is short-lived, however, as Nannina and Ernesto finally learn to communicate and become engaged. Everyone celebrates with singing and … pie.

The Tinker of Tivoli runs June 25-29 at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. (There is also a preview night June 24). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 10. To reserve, or for further information, phone 604-594-2400.

 

 

Just Posted

Uphill battle for Cloverdale cyclist, 64, and her daughters in Cypress Challenge charity ride

Robyn Wells has lost both of her parents and two uncles to pancreatic cancer

Surrey Fusion Festival by the numbers: Two days of music, food and more at Holland Park

Free admission to 12th annual event this weekend (July 20-21)

Big Chill a hot event in Langley

Flight Museum holds “ask the pilot panel” and demos flights for young pilots over the weekend

Murder charge laid in Tee Bor case in Surrey

Pee Lee Pi, 26, of Surrey has been charged with second-degree murder

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

Too much time on social media can hurt teens’ mental health: study

Researchers conducted a four-year survey of more than 3,800 adolescents between Grades 7 and 11

Advocates want charges in horse deaths during Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races

Chuckwagon races are a nightly spectacle during the Stampede, a 10-day annual celebration of western life

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Search continues for missing elderly woman in Chilliwack

RCMP, Chilliwack Search and Rescue and community members combing area for Grace Baranyk

Health Canada revokes licences of B.C.-based pot producer Agrima Botanicals

The agency said it notified the company of a suspension in November due to non-compliance with regulations

Most Read