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And, it’s worked, said costume designer Marian Truscott. Last year, Munsch Ado About Nothing, based on the stories of Robert Munsch, saw a younger demographic heading to the park at the corner of Columbia Street and 11th Avenue. Adding the Roald Dahl classic this year will likely see more young teens coming out, Truscott said — but their parents, who have likely read the book, will want to be there, too. Thomas praised

set designer Mark Anderson for coming up with innovative ways to ensure the more difficult scenes happen. “He sees me coming and he just gets this look on his face,� she said, “but he makes it happen.� One of Anderson’s innovations this year is building part of the set to revolve. Thomas said the costumes alone are worth the price of admission to James. It’s kept her busy, Truscott said, creating costumes for a grasshopper, a spider, a centipede, a ladybug,

an earthworm, as well as James, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. Some puppetry is involved as well — after all, the centipede has 38 legs and most of them have to move independently. And, those seagulls are going to need a bit of help, too. The same set of actors performs both plays — which sees Curtis Tweedie going from young James to the evil Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. “One night, I’m an innocent young boy with high hopes and dreams and a huge

Benjamin Wardle and Sarina Sorensen are the star-crossed lovers in the X Fest production of Romeo and Juliet. It opens on Thursday, July 19, at Prince Charles Park. Dave Eagles/KTW

imagination,� Tweedie said “and then, I’m this knife-wielding guy.� This is Tweedie’s first time with X Fest — he discovered producer Derek Rein was in Vancouver doing auditions and headed over. He’s never acted outdoors in a setting like the tents and bleachers at the park, “but I love it. It’s back to the roots of theatre, like the Globe.� The Globe Theatre was home to many of Shakespeare’s plays and was also an openair, amphitheatre-style venue. The repertory theatre has grown since its beginnings nine years ago, Truscott said, but this year is unique because it’s “the first time Project X has done two really big shows.� It’s a natural growth, Rein said, just as expanding the target market to include families simply made sense. In addition to increasing the demographics, it helps expose young people to theatre, something Rein believes is a key goal for Project X. Tweedie is excited to see his first open-air audience when James kicks off the festival. “You know, with video games and cellphones and all that stuff, it’s good to get out and have our imaginations challenged once in a while,� he said. “And, this play hugely lends itself to the imagine of the audience.� X Fest runs to Aug. 11. There are no Sunday shows. The curtain — if it existed — would rise at

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