ELATE holds four performances of ‘The Tin Woman’
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.