Welcome to the Theatre Illuminata where things are not always what they seem. Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, affectionately known as Bertie, calls this stage home and her family....well, let's just say they are quite a cast of characters. You see, Bertie was left on the theatre's steps as a young baby, never to see nor hear from her parents again (or so she thinks...dun, dun, dun...) All is going swimmingly in her day to day productinos despite chaotic moments that have her fingerprints all over them (hello, she is a teenager...gotta test those boundaries somehow)....until one day, the Theater Manager decides enough is enough. The gauntlet is thrown (so to speak...no actual gauntlet throwing occurred, but there were some sandbags and other larger objects of choice). Bertie must find a way to contribute to the house like no other, or out she goes. Whatever is a girl to do? Whatever indeed... When you associate with the likes of pirates, fairies, and wind spirits, there is no telling what obstacles you'll encounter. Set sail for adventure as Bertie discovers not only what the theatre means to her, but more about herself than she ever imagined...
Overall, I loved the adventure. The theatrical aire that is used in the most mundane situations creates not a scene of utter chaos, but an attention drawing head-lining performance that will have you following the script closely from start to finish. My favorite character is a toss-up. I LOVE Bertie's "can-do" attitude, carefree yet able to buckle down when needed soul, and her flamboyant ways (the hair....proof that she's not easily afraid of a little change)....but I also love her little fairy companions, specifically Peaseblossom as the nature she was given seems to be a miniaturized version of Bertie with a little less proper manners to hold her back and a whole lot of spunk to deal with her male fairy counterparts. The two love interests are like oil and water...they simply don't mix. First up is Nate; he's a rough and tough pirate, with a soft spot for Bertie...though he'd never take advantage of a situation to gain the upper hand. On the other side of this oddly weighted coin is Ariel; he would (and DOES) use any opening to assert his power over this lady in waiting. (What's a girl to do? *SWOON*)
Since this book deals with the classics of both literature and the stage, I pose this question to you. Are you a reader of the originals, that is to say the classics that many cut their teeth on? If so, is it by choice or by assignment (okay, so do you pick them up of your own accord or were they assigned reads at one point or another)? Your favorite? Feel free to leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments below!
Until next time....happy reading!