ELATE holds four per­for­mances of ‘The Tin Woman’

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - COMMUNITY - By KEVIN MCSHEFFREY Of The Stan­dard

El­liot Lake Ama­teur Theatre En­sem­ble (ELATE) will be hold­ing four per­for­mances of ‘The Tin Woman’ in the Lester B. Pear­son Civic Cen­tre theatre later this month.

The per­for­mances will be on Nov. 23, 24, 30 and Dec. 1.

This is ELATE’S sec­ond play of the year. The first was Tempt­ing Prov­i­dence, which was also ELATE’S en­try in the QUONTA Drama Fes­ti­val in March. The QUONTA Drama Fes­ti­val is a com­pe­ti­tion of live com­mu­nity theatre per­for­mances in north­east­ern On­tario. ELATE won five of the 13 awards.

The Tin Woman has two di­rec­tors, Fran Jensen who is a vet­eran ac­tress/di­rec­tor with ELATE and Penny Wal­ing­ton, who came to El­liot Lake a year ago. While new to El­liot Lake she too is a vet­eran ac­tress/di­rec­tor with the Fire­hall Theatre in St. Catharines. She also was in a sea­son fi­nale of Due South.

“I’ve been on stage since I was 16,” says Wal­ing­ton.

She says she al­ways wanted to go to drama school, but her par­ents could not af­ford the costs. So, she got in­volved in ama­teur dra­mat­ics in Liver­pool, Eng­land.

The Tin Woman is writ­ten by Cana­dian play­wright Sean Gren­nan, and is based on a true story.

The plays de­scrip­tion says it “uses hu­mour and pathos to ex­plore loss, fam­ily and what it means to be given new life.”

Wal­ing­ton says they se­lected this play “be­cause I think it touches a lot of hearts. It’s in­spired by a true story; it’s a heart­warm­ing story.

“It ex­plores the dy­nam­ics of re­ceiv­ing a heart trans­plant, and the process of com­ing to terms with the griev­ing and loss of the donor fam­ily.

“But take heart, it is a play filled with hu­mour, drama and hope, and one not to be missed.”

The au­di­ence won’t be laugh­ing at the sit­u­a­tion, they will be laugh­ing at some of the con­ver­sa­tions, she ex­plains.

“I think he (Gren­nan) tried to put lev­ity into a very im­por­tant and fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

She adds that the cast and crew learned a lot about heart trans­plants.

Wal­ing­ton says the trans­plant also brings trauma to the re­cip­i­ent.

“I never knew that. You’d think that they’d be over the moon that they got a chance to live, but they’re filled with grief and re­morse.”

The six-mem­ber cast in­cludes: David Black as Hank, Steve An­tunes as Jack (the de­ceased), Cathy Frowen as Joy, Astrid Turner as the nurse/darla, Carolyn Sher­ritt as Alice and Liana Kraan as Sammy. The stage man­ager is Mar­garet Thomp­son.

The play last about two hours, and will have an in­ter­mis­sion.

Tick­ets are $20 each and are avail­able at the Wel­come Cen­tre.

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