A group of awkward teens find themselves with a newcomer: an alien they named Ally Anne.
By: Keith Huang
The theatre goes dark, and the slow tempo of the music lures you in…
You find yourself teleported about 500 km south to the small Albertan town of Vulcan, where on a stormy night, a group of awkward teens find themselves with a newcomer: an alien they named Ally Anne (alien, Ally Anne, get it?). However, suspicions and rumours soon waft around town, and it’s their job to protect Ally Anne at all costs, in this brand new musical from Staged Theatre Productions.
Together, the mix-matched group of almost-adults (Maxell Vesely, Ben Ali, Teio Suyal, Avery Przyswilt, Natasha Morra) is taught the importance of their “humanity” while also awkwardly hiding the identity of Ally Anne from the gossiping adults in Vulcan (Rhys O’Donnell, Lili Rose Brunschko, Tori Kibblewhite, Tessa Yakimchuk). The vocals are not perfect, but the genuine chuckles the characters incite in their bumbling awkward manner is more than enough to make up for it. Not only that but how flexibly they use the stage to their advantage immerses the audience in the characters’ own emotions.
Whether it is impassioned arguments, an annual dance, or just a visit to the local butcher, Ally Anne never fails to make the audience burst with laughter.