LANGLEY – “It’s a gift to be young,” says the mother in As Little Children, a brand new play premiering at Trinity Western University this month.
The script, a commissioned work by TWU alumna M.J. Eden, explores the power of faith in the face of tragic circumstances. The inspiring journey of a young girl’s belief in miracles is the heart of this poignant family drama.
When 12-year-old Aline loses her father, she refuses to believe he’s really gone. One night, in her sleepy New Brunswick village, Aline sees a vision of a glowing apple tree. As the whispers of the forest propel her into a courageous quest, she encounters a force more powerful than even a child could imagine. Even though her mother can’t bring herself to believe in miracles, Aline steps into a world aglow with innocence and hope. But is Aline’s faith strong enough to reunite her with what they have lost?
Directed by Langley’s Kate Muchmore, As Little Children premieres at SAMC Theatre – the Christian university’s School of the Arts, Media and Culture – from Jan. 27 to 31.
“This script explores very real and relatable family dynamics,” Muchmore stated. “The characters need help to move forward, and God reaches out to communicate with them in surprising ways.
He opens their eyes to a fantastical and possibly more real world than this one. His choice to break into our world is why I love the story. There is humour, food for thought – everything you’d want from theatre.”
Playwright Eden lives and works in New York City, and will be coming to Langley for the premiere. She will also host a special QA talkback session and reception with the audience after the Saturday matinee (starting at 2 p.m., Jan. 31).
“I’m finding that the pain in our lives can also hold joy,” said Eden. “That’s one of the mysteries I explored as I wrote this play. Within each of us there is a quiet place, a place where we can meet with God and with ourselves, and there’s peace there – in the midst of any circumstance.”
Sponsored by Great-West Life, As Little Children stars Maple Ridge resident Elizabeth Drummond, Abbotsford’s Cody Friesen and Sharra Ganzeveld, and Langleyite Shelby Wyminga. The show is assistant-directed by Charissa Hurt and stage-managed by Teagan Plett.
For show tickets and more information, visit Twu.ca/theatre or call 604-513-2121, extension 3872. For sponsorship and advertising opportunities, email Diana. Squires@twu.ca.