North Delta resident Brianna Clark (17) plays the titular role in the holiday pantomime Cinderella, on Dec. 15, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018 at Vancouver’s Metro Theatre. (James Smith photo)

North Delta teen takes centre stage in Cinderella

Brianna Clark returns to the theatre — and play — where her musical theatre career began eight years ago

For 17-year-old Brianna Clark, it all started with a mouse.

When she was nine years old, the North Delta resident was cast as a mouse in Metro Theatre’s holiday pantomime Cinderella. It was her first musical theatre show, and an absolute thrill.

“I was so amazed at the fact that I actually got to talk on stage and have focus for a second,” Clark said. “And I remember only two girls got to be chosen to be transformed into these white horses, and when they selected me I was just star struck.

“[I thought] ‘It’s my moment, I can’t believe it. I actually get to be the horse in front of the carriage. It’s such an iconic role’ — which is so hilarious because barely anyone remembers the horse in Cinderella.”

Now, the musical theatre actress is returning to her debut pantomime — this time in the title role.

“I definitely didn’t think I was going to get Cinderella by any means,” Clark said. She auditioned in September, thinking perhaps she would get to be a female ensemble member.

“I thought at most I would get four speaking lines,” she said. “They emailed me with Cinderella and I freaked out.”

Since September, Clark and the rest of the cast have been rehearsing three times a week. On Friday (Dec. 15), their hard work will pay off as Cinderella returns to Vancouver’s Metro Theatre, for a four-week run ending Jan. 6. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. and matinees are at 2 p.m.

There are going to be a lot of shows, Clark said, and she’s “a little bit nervous.”

“The show is very taxing vocally,” she said. “There’s a lot of belting and high stuff. It’s all over my range. But I’m excited to take it on. It’s definitely a challenge.”

She’s also eager, she said, because this year’s version takes a more modern approach to the classic tale.

“We decided to give Cinderella a little more empowerment than the classic ending does,” Clark said. “So I think it will be a really great message to promote to younger audiences, like the kids who are seeing it: women are strong too and women are independent.

“I just like the modern twist we put on it, I think that’s going to be really exciting to share with new audiences.”

But most importantly, Clark is excited to share the holiday pantomime tradition.

“Starting from five years old I was seeing the Metro pantomime shows. It was a Christmas tradition for me, and I think it’s super important to pass on to younger audiences,” she said.

“I’m just very grateful to be on the other side of it now, and spreading that holiday cheer.”

Cinderella runs from Dec. 15 through to Jan. 6 at the Metro Theatre (1370 SW Marine Dr., Vancouver). Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for students and seniors, and $17 for kids under 12. For more information or to reserve your seat, visit metrotheatre.com.



grace.kennedy@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

North Delta Huskies honour former captain as provincial banner unveiled

NDSS’s championship win marks the school’s first senior boys provincial basketball title in 29 years

McCallum’s canal pitch took Surrey councillors by surprise

City government has more important issues pressing than building a canal, councillors say

Surrey RCMP conducting drug-related search warrant

Traffic closed in both directions on 128th Street, between 64th and 66th Avenue

Surrey-North Delta Meals on Wheels in ‘desperate’ search for new partner

Without a new kitchen found by Sept. 1, the charity says it won’t have food to deliver to those in need

Cloverdale Toastmasters celebrate 25 years of learning and laughter

Cloverdale club is a high achieving, yet laid-back Toastmasters group

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

Scorpion gives birth after hitching ride in B.C. woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Most Read