By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
If you’ve followed Kelly Hudson’s Twitter in a previous lifetime you’ll surmise that this actress is nothing like the timid Piglet she’ll be portraying in Outpost 31 Victoria‘s Fringe play Winnie the Pooh and Tales of 100 Acre Wood. But her bubbly personality matches the talent she will bring to the stage during this play that is based off the works of A. A. Milne.
After uprooting from Saskatchewan over 20 years ago, Hudson has become a comfortable fixture of the West Coast arts scene. A co-founder of RKO Productions, the company that performed The Rocky Horror Show in 2014 (where she played Riff Raff), Hudson has loaned her talent to many local productions on the island she now calls home. Some of her past roles have included Wes Borg and Paul Mather’s The War of 1812 (One Dead Troll and a Cranny), the Conjur Woman of Howard Richardson and Richard Berney’s Dark of the Moon (at the University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre), Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre), Madre/Chorus in Elaine Avila’s Lieutenant Nun (Theatre SKAM, Puente Theatre, and SNAFU Dance Theatre), and Constance Blackwood in the Broadway-bound, Dora award-winning musical Ride the Cyclone (Atomic Vaudeville).
Hudson can also be seen onscreen as Jill Monroe in the Bryan Skinner directed mokumentary film Tumbling After.
Winnie the Pooh and Tales of 100 Acre Wood will see Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet and other residents of the 100 Acre Wood against the backdrop of the London Blitz during World War II. Winnie the Pooh will also star Ellen Law, Ian Simms, and Melissa Taylor. Pooh is adapted by award-winning writer David Elendune and directed by Ian Case, the creative team behind last year’s Fringe play Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.
Winnie the Pooh and Tales of 100 Acre Wood will be at Venue 2 – Downtown Activity Centre, 755 Pandora between August 25-September 4, 2016. This is an all-ages show and is part of the 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival.
The scheduled shows are as follows:
Thur Aug 25 – 8:00pm
Sat Aug 27 – 1:45pm
Sun Aug 28 – 6:30pm
Wed Aug 31 – 9:45pm
Sat Sept 3 – 6:45pm
Sun Sept 4 – 4:45pm
Tickets will go on sale July 29, 2016 and will be available at the Victoria Fringe Festival box office or Ticket Rocket at http://www.ticketrocket.co/event/details/89336/victoria-fringe-winnie-the-pooh-tales-of-100-acre-wood.
Visit Winnie the Pooh and Tales of 100 Acre Wood‘s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Outpost31Victoria/
Source(s): Theatre Victoria Facebook group.