Tessa Trach and Georgia Acken in Amelie. Photo by DL Acken.
Tessa Trach and Georgia Acken in Amelie. Photo by DL Acken.

Based on the 2001 film, Amelie is rarer than a Fringe show with more than a single performer. It is a full-length musical with a cast of thirteen, a four-piece band, choreography, and some breathtaking stage moments from director Chris Lam.

Leading the way is a perfectly cast Tessa Trach as the older Amelie. Innocently affecting, Trach is the embodiment of this shy young girl who sets out to follow in the footsteps of her hero Princess Diana, by performing unselfish and anonymous acts of kindness. Her actions not only help those around her, they eventually lead to her own awakening and her willingness to let another into her life.

And even while this stage adaptation doesn’t quite capture the magic of its source material, there is enough to like in this West Moon Theatre production to have audiences flocking off-Island to East Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre. At just $15 a ticket, you won’t find a better bargain anywhere else.

Amelie continues at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St, Vancouver) as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.