Meanwhile, at Sudbury Theatre Centre, “Comic Book Artist” by Pat Lydersen takes a different approach to the genre. On stage Feb. 1, it’s a kids’ show about an unlikely hero and some very magical drawings.
Set in New York City, the story follows Stanley, a janitor at Wonder Comics, whose lifelong dream is to become a comic book artist himself. It seems that day will never come until his boss buys a package of super pens that magically bring to life any character the artists draw.
After they unleash the evil Doctor Shock Clock, who has the power to stop time, it’s up to Stanley to draw his own team of superheroes and save the city from certain destruction.
“Comic Book Artist” is our 2014 Students On Stage production. It features a cast of 22 students, ranging in age from 10 to 17, under the direction of SOS co-ordinators Ryan Demers and Natalie Lalonde.
“The play is a parody of superheroes,” says Demers. “It pokes fun at the superhero world and takes all their stereotypical traits and completely blows them up.”
So what can audiences expect? A hilarious play that is larger than life, in true superhero fashion, complete with a strong, uplifting message.
“It’s about the idea that everyone, all of us, are superheroes,” says Lalonde. “We may not be able to fly or see through walls, but we can all still change the world.”
“Comic Book Artist” is on stage Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. and is recommended for ages eight and up. Tickets are $7 for kids and $12 for adults.
For tickets and information, call the STC box office at 705-674-8381 ext. 21 or visit sudburytheatre.ca.
Callam Rodya is the communications co-ordinator at Sudbury Theatre Centre.