“Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”
Pacific Fairytales (formerly My Little Princess Events) was founded by actor/writer Kirsty Provan in the Spring of 2012.
Wanting to combine her extensive acting experience with her love of children, this North Vancouver gal started her own company to remind children of all ages the truth sometimes forgotten: that sometimes the greatest heroes are found in the smallest people.
Kirsty completed her acting apprenticeship with Pacific Theatre at the age of 19, and then went on to graduate from the prestigious acting program at Studio 58. She has worked with children for over 15 yrs, starting as a private nanny and daycare teacher, and then teaching voice and speech at Viva Voce Speech Arts Studio, and acting programs at Pacific Theatre and Bard on the Beach. Kirsty’s recent theatre credits include The Old Curiosity Shop (UP), The Secret Doctrine (SFU), A Christmas Carol (PT) and Dancing at Lughnasa (Peninsula Productions). Kirsty was also involved as an actor in the Crazy 8’s Film Festival, the Arts Club Actors’ Intensive, and recently produced her own scripts “Once Upon a Princess” (Pacific Theatre) and “He Roars” (Vancouver Fringe).
She is currently working on a series of children’s books, and gaining several pounds a week from the delicious cake you keep giving her.
Here is a clip of an interview she did with Vancouver Presents:
It’s funny, I can’t remember a time when I was specifically passionate about princess parties – for me, it was just about living in a world of make-believe. I was blessed to grow up in a home where stories were always being told. The Narnia Chronicles, Peter Pan, Winnie The Pooh, The Princess and the Goblin … my parents were always reading to us. TV was non-existent. My mum gave up her career to raise four children, and she was so present and active in our childhood – playing pirates in the garden, making spaceships out of cardboard boxes, collecting dust on our hands to rub onto jello to watch the mold grow … the list goes on. For me it was the love of imagination, the joy of creating new worlds and languages that stands out more than anything.
The (idea) came from one of my favourite books by Frances Hodgson Burnett. In it she says, “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.”
I thought if I could show those children- the ones who don’t feel pretty, or smart, or young- how incredibly loved they are, then that would be a company worth starting. It seemed like a pretty good mandate.
Kirsty, pictured here as Snow White