Hobson’s Choice: Two very different experiences on tap at community theatres


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Mark Nov. 25 in your calendar for the opening of two new neighborhood theatre productions. That’s when a pair of struggle brides shall be dropping by Confederation Theatre for a dinner theatre date and when Buddy the elf will start his month-long keep at StoryBook Theatre.

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Calgary playwright P. Gail Whiteford didn’t must look far for inspiration for her newest play The Warfare Brides Are Coming, which is getting its world premiere courtesy of Confederation Theatre Nov. 25-27. Her mom, Phyllis Kate Ward, met and married her father whereas he was serving in Britain after which emigrated to Olds as a struggle bride to dwell on the household farm.

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“I name The Warfare Brides Are Coming a revenge play due to the best way the Whiteford household handled my mom. She was English and Anglican. They had been Scottish Presbyterians and since she arrived earlier than my father, they’d management of her life. They had been very strict. She was not allowed to smoke, drink, dance or go to events. It was not only a tradition shock however an actual hardship,” says Whiteford.

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The attitudes of the Whiteford household are represented in The Warfare Brides Are Coming by a bitter Scottish farmer performed by Greg Spielman. Sadly many struggle brides additionally confronted rejection and hostility from neighborhood members, which is represented by the townswoman performed by Lana Borrell. A younger girl performed by Jen White is devastated when she learns her highschool sweetheart, performed by Bryan Smith, has married a lady he met in a war-torn village in Holland. The townswoman performed by Anne Hodgson represents the folks in villages, cities and cities throughout Canada who welcomed and helped the greater than 68,000 wives of servicemen who made Canada their new residence.

The struggle brides are performed by Sara Mattson and Chelsea Howell-Fellows.

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The Warfare Brides Are Coming is being staged at The Royal Canadian Legion Department 275 at 755 fortieth St. S.E. on Nov. 25 and 26 as dinner theatre with a roast beef buffet served at 6 p.m. and the play following at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45. There’s a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 27 with solely the play for $25 though there shall be drinks and snacks obtainable for buy. Tickets for all performances can be found at confedtheatre@gmail.com or https://the-war-brides-nov-22.eventbrite.com/


StoryBook Theatre is quick changing into Edmontonian Cameron Chapman’s residence away from residence.

In April, Chapman performed the title character in The SpongeBob Musical for StoryBook and now he’s again to headline Elf The Musical, which runs Nov. 25 to Dec. 30 within the Beddington Arts Centre.

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Elf The Musical is predicated on the 2003 hit film that starred Will Farrell as Buddy, a younger orphan who crawled into Santa’s bag of items and ended up being raised with Santa’s elves on the North Pole. When Buddy discovers he’s really human and never elfan, he goes to New York looking for his family to show them, and the viewers, the true which means of Christmas.

“It’s greater than somewhat formidable to suppose individuals are going to match me to Will Farrell. I look nothing like him and I’m actually not as tall. There are children in our present who’re practically as tall as me so I’m not towering over everybody as Will did within the film. The nice problem for me is to not be a carbon copy however to realize the childlike wonderment he did. That’s what makes Will’s Buddy so lovely,” says Cameron.

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“I can’t change the expectations kids shall be carrying after they come to StoryBook however I’ll attempt to win them over by making my Buddy loud and boisterous, however I additionally wish to present them Buddy’s human qualities as a result of that could be a massive a part of the teachings within the play.”

Cameron says “Buddy loves folks and he sees the nice in everybody. I’d wish to suppose I share that high quality with him.”

Cameron’s co-stars embrace Russell Moore, Stuart Bentley, Michelle Rawlings, Jolene Anderson, David Hosu, Jacqueline Gibney and Jillian Bauer. They are going to be enjoying to packed homes for all the run of the present as it’s offered out however StoryBook has posted a waitlist on its webpage at storybooktheatre.org.

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