Mimi's performances are held in the Montverde Town Hall. Knowing that, I wasn't quite sure what to expect on arrival, and was pleasantly surprised to discover they have a very cozy theater area. Seating holds about 80, with an elevated small-ish stage.
You're greeted on arrival at a ticket table, and then tonight by two cast members selling 50/50 raffle tickets, and a concession stand offering some sodas and popcorn. This set the tone for the evening - simple and enjoyable.
"Fairy Tale Misfits" is a story of young girl (Ellie - played by the adorable Ember Davidson) who has her homework stolen by the Groundhog and taken to the Land of Rejected Fairy Tale characters. The Groundhog, played by Jason Montilla, brings 75% of all the energy this show possesses and completely carries the first 20 minutes of the show. Jason's passion on stage should be infectious, and it was a shame several cast members were immune.
Notable performances stood out because of the actors energy, and their willingness to push the absurd. After all, these are rejected fairy tale characters; if you can't have fun with the 'Little Inverted Mermaid' - top half fish, lower half woman - as Dawn Davidson did, there's something wrong with your approach to acting! The chief villain is 'Queen Whiteout' portrayed by Jaime Queen with scene-chewing ablomb; Hunter Custer's Sleepless Beauty was a study in hyperactivity with a twinkle, and Terran Davidson's 'Origami Pork' really needs to be seen to be believed, and generated most of my non-Groundhog-related laughter.
The negatives were few, but ran through the entire show and fall at the feet of the director (Lorraine Patria, the founder of Mimi's). Several actors have little to no energy on stage at all, two actors speak entirely too fast and mush-mouthed to the point of incomprehension, blocking is awkward (although the stage is fairly small, and there really is only so much that can be done when you have 10 people in tiny area), line pickups were slow, with several 30+ seconds pauses on stage (Opening night jitters?), and long, LONG scene changes with the curtain closed and only background music being played. It's a cast of 20 - WHY does it take more than a minute to remove a table and four chairs?!
So yes, the production isn't perfect. But it was worth the trip and introduced me to a number of actors I'll be watching for in the future. My cheeks are sore from laughing, and I had an enjoyable time even with those negatives.
Rating: C+, good but not great, has room to improve. Great for families with small children.