Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective

Tickets are now on sale for the Eunice Players Theatre children’s production of “Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective,” which will take to the stage June 25 for a five-day run.

Debi Crawford, who is directing the production involving actor from age 9 to 18, said it is going well.

“They have been rehearsing for two weeks now and their characters are really starting to come to life,” Crawford said.

All of the students are part of this year’s Eunice Players Theatre children’s workshop and they are filling all the rolls both on and off stage.

“Our students are acting onstage as well as painting the set, running lights and sound and working on makeup,” Crawford said.

On the acting side are Dain Reed, Grace Toepfer, Megan Fontenot, John-Michael Fruge, Victoria Douget, Jacque Arnaud, Sadie Martel, Annie Huckaby, Jacob Arnaud, Mickaila Mier, Mia Robinson, Shiloh Kittles, Avery McGee, Lillian Ashford, Madison Eckholdt, Michael Gaspard and William Martel.

“All of the crew working the show are 18 or younger and they are proving to be a very responsible group,” Crawford said.

The production staff includes: lights, Noah Kittles; sound, Preslea Laird; stage managers, Ali Rae Lejeune and Allison Sonnier; stage crew, Kennedy Fruge and Rowan Kittles; and artwork for set and makeup, Ashton Eckholdt and Aubriana York.

As for the two-act play itself, which will be presented at 7 p.m. June 25, 26, 27 and 28 with a 2 p.m. matinee June 29 on the EPT stage at 121 S. Second St., Crawford said it should be a delight for the entire family.

It is a hard bitten film noir detective thriller right out the 1940s and ‘50s with a cast of characters already well-known to most audience members both young and old.

“Bread crumbs, a glass slipper, magic beans, a basket of goodies – all missing. The future of fairy tales is in jeopardy as magical props are disappearing and it is up to Nick Tickle to find the mysterious figure who is up to no good,” Crawford said.

She said the detective comes complete with a trench coat and bad attitude. “Goldilocks plays the traditional femme fatale role,” Crawford said.

While that interplay will be fun for adults, she expects the children in the audience will get the biggest kick out of meeting all the traditional fairy tale characters.

“Our young actors will be portraying such roles as Goldilocks, The Gingerbread man, Hansel and Gretel, Old Witch Thornberry, the big bad wolf and papa, momma and baby bear,” Crawford said. “There are plenty of laughs and audience participation.”

Tickets are available for purchase at David’s Hair Salon, which can be reached by calling 337-546-0163, or Turning Point, 337-457-2156.

As this is a special children’s show, Crawford said it is not part of the regular season ticket package.

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