Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:46

Swift Current Little Theatre is back with a great spring production

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Audiences still have one more weekend to catch Swift Current Little Theatre’s spring production of Norm Foster’s Old Love, after the group’s successful opening last weekend. Pub Nights will be held at Great Plains College on March 22 & 23.

 

 

“There were some other events happening at the same time as the production last weekend, with the final Broncos home game before the playoffs, but we did still see good audience attendance,” explained Melissa Kehler, a longtime member of SCLT. “We appreciate our loyal patrons who were so excited to see another production after our break.”

 

Since the group is struggling with younger members starting families and older members retiring from the group, a break was needed in the fall. Audiences were disappointed to be missing a production for the first time in over 20 years, and Kehler noted that patrons have been very supportive now that they are back.

 

“This play does start off a little slow, but the audience really warms up to it,” Kehler said. “We had some great audience reactions to the play last weekend, which really helps the actors when they can feed off that energy from the crowd.”

 

The ten roles in Old Love are played by only four actors, including one rookie – Sceptre native Travis Boser. Kehler noted that the group and the audience have been extremely pleased with Boser’s performance.

 

“The audience is really in for a treat with him,” she said. “We are so happy to welcome new talent onstage, and he seems really comfortable up there and very true to his character. He has just been great, and we really hope he stays.”

 

Following their final performance in Swift Current, SCLT will be taking Old Love on the road to compete in Theatrefest in North Battleford on March 31. Groups from across Saskatchewan will be showcasing productions to be adjudicated by a professional, and SCLT is excited to be a part of the competition.

 

“It’s a great piece for us to bring on the road because the sets are so minimalistic, it allows the audience to use their imaginations a little bit,” noted Kehlher. “When you have amateur actors of that caliber onstage, they draw your attention immediately and allow you build sets in your own mind.”

 

Kehler is hopeful that the final two performances will be to sold-out audiences. With all of the time, effort, and passion that goes into putting on a Little Theatre production, it’s sure to be an entertaining night.

 

“With all the new technology out there, it’s so nice to go see live theatre, where people actually get up on stage and perform,” she noted. “It takes a lot of guts, and we just love to entertain people and be a part of the community. We really appreciate the support, because without our audience, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love.”

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