SURREY — A South Surrey-raised actor/dancer is among those bringing Koba Entertainment’s latest family-friendly production to venues across Canada this fall, including Bell Performing Arts Centre.
Kaitlin Lane is a star of Dora the Explorer Live: Search for the City of Lost Toys, which plays the Sullivan Heights venue four times this Friday and Saturday (Oct. 11 and 12).
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Lane, a Semiahmoo Secondary grad of 2007, got her start singing with White Rock Children’s Choir and later studied performing arts in Victoria.
Lane, who now lives in Ontario, said she’s thrilled to be part of the tour, which opened Sept. 21 in Brandon.
“It’s a lot of work right now but also very, very exciting,” Lane told the Now during the final days of rehearsals for the cast, which includes her and nine others.
In the show, Dora has lost her beloved teddy bear and sets out to find it with the help of her pals, including Diego, Boots the monkey, Map, Backpack and others.
“There’s lots of audience participation and lots of dancing, so kids will enjoy it, I’m sure,” Lane said. “It’s tons of fun.”
Growing up, Lane was more into sports than the performing arts.
“But I was that athlete with this whole other choir life,” she said. “Closer to Grade 11 and 12, I started taking private voice lessons and getting more into theatre, and I ended up auditioning for the college and went from there – and here I am.”
Saturday, the show will be staged three times at the Bell – first at 10 a.m., then 1 p.m. and again at 4; Friday’s show is at 6:30 p.m.
“Doing three shows in a single day is very difficult,” she revealed, “and a lot of us have been preparing ourselves physically over the summer, working up to it.”
With such large costumes involved in production, Lane and other actors have learned a “new way to communicate” with audiences. “You can’t use words or even your face, so it’s a whole new way of telling the story. It’s an exciting challenge.”
Show info is at www.doralivecanada.com.
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