Jubilee Theatre apparently feels that a cool little breeze will be welcome during our midsummer’s nights. That would explain the choice of the cute, and extremely slight, Mirandy and Brother Wind as its current show.
This child-friendly musical set in the early 20th century tells the story of the title character (Kyra McNeil), a rambunctious little girl who is determined to win top prize in a cakewalk, and her quest to enlist the aid of the elusive Brother Wind (Edward Beal) to ensure her success in that endeavor. She has to deal with her boastful rival, Orlinda (Perri Camper), and several doubting adults. But Mirandy is not easily dissuaded.
There is little to damn or praise in the presentation of this bit of fluff, directed by Tre Garrett. McNeil is appropriately spunky in the title role. And Beal embraces the billowing flightiness of his character.
But on the whole, there is just not much to this production, beginning with its running time of less than one hour. Based on a book by Patricia McKissack, Mirandy is obviously aimed at children. But it lacks the random zaniness of the pieces that play best for very young audiences. And its generic, recorded soundtrack supporting equally formulaic and forgettable songs is not enough to hold the attention of adults.
So there is nothing terribly wrong with this whimsical musical snippet. It is just a question of whether it is really worth the same sort of ticket price you would pay for a full-length show of more substantial quality.