‘Ugly’ musical tells stepsisters’ story

Former Abbotsford student co-writes production starting Friday, Oct. 23

Annastasia Unger (left) plays Imogen and Lauren Trotzuk is Maxine in the musical Ugly.

Annastasia Unger (left) plays Imogen and Lauren Trotzuk is Maxine in the musical Ugly.

A former student of Abbotsford School of the Integrated Arts has co-written a full-scale musical that is being staged this week in Langley.

Annastasia Unger, 22, now a full-time theatre student at University of the Fraser Valley, wrote the production Ugly along with Lauren Trotzuk, 20.

The musical tells the story of Cinderella from the point of view of the stepsisters, Imogen and Maxine. They are seen struggling between their mother’s overbearing love and their desire to seek non-traditional lives.

The production is being staged by Monumental Theatre, which Unger created in August 2014 to bring Vancouver-quality theatre to the Fraser Valley. Her casts have ranged in age from 14 to 50 years and have come from Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Langley and Surrey.

Ugly runs Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 and 25 at D.W. Poppy Secondary, 23752 52 Ave. in Langley.

Tickets are available at uglythemusical.bpt.me or by calling 604-832-6477.