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The Sleeping Prince – Synopsis

A Princess.  A Sleeping Prince.  Iron Shoes. Mothers.  Winds.  A bear. A staged reading… of a non-verbal adaptation… of a folktale…with shadow puppetry.  All Ages.

The story of a determined princess and her journey to the land of far, far away, and further still.   A staged reading… of a non-verbal adaptation… of a folktale…with shadow puppetry.  All Ages welcome.

About The Clever Crones:

In the fall of 2012 two actors turned mothers, Kristi Friday and Baptiste Neis, met in Stratford Ontario.  As artists in limbo we were itching for an exciting project.  Both being the mothers of daughters; we found a common quest for well-told interesting stories and clever female protagonists.  The Sleeping Prince is the first in a series of world tales we hope to present. We are passionate about this story and the creation of it.  Through long term development we are exploring different mediums of puppetry and storytelling to discover what best brings The Sleeping Prince to life.  We are excited to present this part of the creation phase of The Sleeping Prince Project as a staged reading to Stratford audiences with shadow puppets.

The Clever Crones: Biographies

Kristi Friday

Kristi grew up on the Saskatchewan prairies, which despite its reputation, is a beautiful land full of inspiration for the imagination.  She would rifle though her mother’s ‘masquerade room’ of various discarded clothes, costumes and wigs and create characters that she would then walk through the fields and introduce to her neighbor’s…  And so began her career in the arts.

Kristi is a BFA Drama Honours graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the A.C.T. Summer Intensive in San Francisco.  She is co-creator of Wide Open Children’s Theatre (www.wideopen.ca) in Saskatoon, SK which specializes in puppet theatre and has been touring their shows to communities throughout the prairies for 10 years.  While working with Wide Open she wore many different creative and administrative hats.  Kristi’s acting credits include Prairie Theatre Exchange, Persephone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Station Arts Centre, and Dancing Sky Theatre.  She is a founding member of Saskatoon’s Live Five, a Non-Profit Theatre Organization that brings independent theatre companies together into an exciting theatre season.

In 2008 Kristi and her family moved to Stratford Ontario.  Since then she has been doing voice overs in commercials and animation, performed as the puppeteer in Stratford’s Inner Chamber Orchestra’s production of Lucky, acted in the title role of Heather Davies original work Judith at Spring Works 2013, and has had the pleasure of working with the Foundation for Education teaching Puppetry for the Arts/Life Workshops for elementary school classes throughout Perth Huron County. This year Kristi will be acting and puppeteering in Avenue Q at Sudbury Theatre.  The past year collaborating on The Sleeping Prince Project with Baptiste Neis exploring themes, writing, and building puppets has been a true joy.

Baptiste Neis

Baptiste decided to be an actor when she realized that what she loved most could be a career, she was seven.  She did as much performing as she could get her feet on stages throughout her childhood.  As a teenager involved in social justice activism she became very inspired by Augusta Boal, collectively creating socially relevant theatre became her focus.  She completed a BFA in theatre with a specialization in Drama for Human Development at Concordia University where dance and physical theatre took hold of her.   After university she returned to NL and worked as an actor until she did a long stint on the Caravan Stage Barge after she began producing new media, documentaries and short films, directing dramatizations for television, editing short films and casting for film and television.  She continued to perform professionally at least once a year with companies such as C2C Theatre and Rising Tide Theatre.   Since having children, Baptiste has mostly been employed as a voice over artist and most recently Baptiste has been trying her hand at ‘motherhood on the move’ between Stratford, ON and St John’s, NL.

Throughout her career Baptiste has continued to train and to dance, most notably spending a decade as a performer with the Dolly Dance and Drum Ensemble performing traditional NL set dances.  She was a volunteer on the board of directors for Resource Centre for the Arts, she has sat on the selection committee for Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Committee, she was the President of the Nickel Film Festival for 7 years, she helped to get New World Theatre Project off the ground and sat on their founding board of directors.

Baptiste feels like an emerging artist.  She is excited to return to being a generator of creative, live, work.  She is very excited to be bringing many of her oldest and newest passions together in The Sleeping Prince project.