BY RACHAEL ARAGONA

Walk past the Royal Alexandra Theatre on King Street West and you won’t be able to miss a pair of tall, red, sparkly boots posed outside the doors of the venue. Sheridan graduate Thomas Alderson is lacing up and hitting the stage in the Toronto hit show, Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who abandons his family’s shoe factory to live in London, England. After his father dies, he has no choice but to return home to face the struggle of keeping the family business alive. With the aid of drag queen, Lola, Charlie reimagines the family business making shoes for all kinds of men.

The cast consists of 26 actors, not including understudies.

Sheridan alumni Thomas Alderson is one of the understudies. After graduating from the Musical Theatre program at Sheridan College, Alderson dabbled in various projects before becoming inprofile_thomasAldersonvolved with Kinky Boots. “I graduated in 2009 and began working in what is called regional theatre. I basically auditioned for as many theatre companies as I could across Canada and tried to book any show I could,” says Alderson. “Sometimes you get lucky enough and a big show that is right for you comes along that might run for an extended length of time. For me that was Kinky Boots.”

Alderson credits Sheridan College for much of what he knows now, saying his time in school gave him a taste of everything. “You find out what you’re passionate about [at school], and you start to see every show and every audition as a learning experience.”

Audiences can’t get enough of everything Kinky Boots has to offer. From the music, to the dancing, to the characters themselves, the high energy show has made its mark on this generation and left a lasting impression. Nadine Findlay, who saw the show with her family in December raved about her experience. “I think what I enjoyed most about the show was that all three generations of my family that I went with could relate to the story in some way. They were so open minded to the story line in terms of family, friendship and overcoming prejudice,” says Findlay.

“Something I particularly enjoyed was the music. I think there are certain expectations that people have of Broadway shows, or musicals in general,” says Theresa Shim, a theatre enthusiast. “I think Cyndi Lauper was a perfect fit for this musical. From ballads like “Not My Father’s Son” to the more upbeat and fun “Sex is in the Heel,” it’s hard for me to pin down one song that stands out among the rest because of how well they work together.”

If you haven’t had the chance to experience this show for yourself, no need to panic. Kinky Boots has been extended until the second week of May. Tickets can be purchased here with prices starting at $29 for balcony seats to $150 for premium tickets.

Theatre fans can keep checking Mirvish.com for all upcoming plays coming to the Toronto stage.