A scene from Cornerstone Youth Theatre’s production of the musical Just So, which opens Friday at the New Life Fellowship. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer’s Cornerstone Youth Theatre stages musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales

‘Just So’ opens Friday at New Life Fellowship

“Wondrous tales” of courage, individuality and friendship will be told in Cornerstone Youth Theatre’s next Red Deer musical, Just So.

Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, this award-winning stage show opens Friday at the New Life Fellowship Church (20 Kelloway Cres.) with an eclectic, pop-py score and a cast of 64 talented young performers.

The boisterous musical tells of how of the leopard got its spots, how the rhinoceros got its rough skin, how the elephant got its trunk, how the kangaroo got its long legs, and other fanciful tales that Kipling first spun in 1902 for his daughter, Josephine.

The origin stories start in “the Time of the Very Beginnings” with Pau Amma the Crab wreaking havoc with the ocean. They are considered classics of children’s literature and among the British author’s best known works.

Kipling titled them Just So Stories because they had to be told in exactly the same way every time or Josephine would correct him instead of falling asleep.

Cornerstone Youth Theatre’s production, directed by Laura DeGraff, features elaborate sets and costumes and enthusiastic performances. It’s described as being “woven with wit and imagination,” taking the audience on a song-filled journey.

Wisit www.CornerstoneYouthTheatre.org or call 403-986-2981.



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

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