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SC V-Day auditions Dec. 18

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Although it has been since a late February day in 2007, the last V-Day celebration in Swift Current, a group of creative local women are working to bring back this important event and help end violence against women and girls.

In March, the Women’s Lives Theatre group is planning to produce a V-Day event, presenting either the well-known Vagina Monologues or a newer piece entitled A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer: Writings to End Violence Against Women and Girls.

“We all have stories. Maybe we all haven’t been in an abusive relationship, but we have all hurt, and we’ve all had relationships that didn’t work out,” explained organizer Christine Ciona. “It’s such a great experience, to be a part of this.”

The group will hold an open audition event Dec. 18, to find a diverse group of men and women to help out both on and off stage. No experience is necessary, but performers must be over the age of 18.

“The new piece offers an opportunity for men to be a part of the production, as well,” noted Ciona. “That’s important because boys have witnessed violence, as well. It’s not just men who are abusers, and women who get hurt. Violence affects everyone.”

Although it can be intimidating to come out and audition for those who are new to the stage, Ciona encourages anyone interested in come to the reading, even if it’s just to hear the scripts and learn more about the events. The group is also looking for backstage help.

“It’s such a warm and welcoming community of people, and it’s a great opportunity to make a difference,” she explained. “It’s a chance to be a part of a creative social change through the arts.”

While the monologues can get pretty intense, there is quite a bit of humour in the pieces, as well. Ciona noted there is a perfect balance of drama and wit.

“When people come to see the show in March, they won’t be leaving feeling weighed down,” she said. “We hope that people will be transformed, so that we can raise awareness, lift people up, and celebrate relationships and humanity, where no one gets hurt.”

Following the auditions Dec. 18, cast and crew will begin rehearsals in January. The time commitment is small —  only two hours a week from January until March. The pieces are also quite short, making it manageable for even first-time readers. All proceeds from the event will go to support Southwest Crisis Services.

“Violence is so hidden, but it happens in our own homes, and we still hide from it,” explained Ciona. “We aren’t good with conflict or aggression, so we just don’t say anything. Every single person has a story about violence, whether it’s their own personal story, or the story of a parent, partner, or a friend of a friend. We all have them, but most of us do nothing because we are scared. Theatre can be such a wonderful way to empower people to change. We are all responsible for ending violence, and this is a great, safe way to do that.”

Auditions will be held at ‘The Funky Blue House’ at 544 3rd Ave. N.E. in Swift Current, on Dec. 18 from 1-3 p.m.

For more, contact Christine at 774-6478 or Shyloe at 773-2545.

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