Being a superhero and a princess is more than just the outfit and make-up; it is about the inner beauty and wisdom, according to the founder of Pacific Fairytales.
Kristy Provan, who is also a Richmond resident, and her team of actors and actresses at Pacific Fairytales want kids to remember what it means to be a real hero and princess despite being impacted by COVID-19.
While their annual spring break camps at community centres are not happening this year, the Richmond-based business has turned to virtual camps with a total of 50 live stream classes for the next two weeks.
A variety of 30 to 40-minute classes, led by professional actors and actresses with a theatre background, are being offered on topics such as daily exercises, learning Spanish, music, storytime, baking, science and more.
The camps, said Provan, are not only to help kids learn different skills, but a way to remind youth to be compassionate and self-loving.
“I loved fairytale stories as a child, but looking back at these stories there are important morals to them that are often twisted and turned to focus on how a person looks or how a princess should be,” said Provan.
“I felt it was important to give a voice to little girls and boys that being brave and standing up for those small than them is what makes them a princess or prince rather than the costume and make-up.”
When asked how she felt about virtual camps, Provan called the idea of a virtual spring break “strange.”
“A lot of what we do is interacting and communicating with children and not being able to see them in person is just a little strange,” said Provan, adding that she also missed the “hugs and cheers” from the children.
Meanwhile, Pacific Fairytales also partners with local hospitals and organizations such as the Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Wish Foundation and Canucks for Kids to bring the fairytale to kids who are unwell.
“We’re very privileged to do be able to celebrate on private occasions with families and we’re honoured to be invited to such a sacred space with families as we know it’s a difficult time for everyone.
“We’re hoping we can go back to normal soon, but we’re doing just online and occasional door-step visits for now.”
For class schedules and to register for spring break camps, visit PacificFairyTales.com/current-offerings/