SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
SCUGOG: The Borelians Community Theatre is bringing the play “Sisters” to Town Hall 1873 in Port Perry and will be performing six shows throughout February.
The play is meant to educate its audiences about what happened to indigenous people at residential schools in the 1960s.
The producer of the play, Kyle Brough said, “It is a very emotional and frank discussion of what happened at those schools. It is going to help audiences relate to that story in a very emotional way.”
The play couldn’t come at a better time, with Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau apologizing to residential school survivors late last year.
“The play is very timely; truth and reconciliation is on everyone’s mind all across Canada right now. It’s a conversation that most Canadians should be involved in,” Kyle Brough said.
“In Scugog we are a first nations town and I think that makes it extra important to have this conversation in Port Perry,” He added.
The play itself has great writing and the cast is full of fantastic actors, according to Kyle.
“It’s a really well written play. It’s very emotional, the characters are really relatable. The audience will go on a really emotional journey with these characters,” he said. “We have gathered a really great cast of Scugog volunteers.”
Due to the nature of the play, Kyle told the Standard the cast have been working hard to fully take on their roles.
“They have put a lot of work into this because with a show dealing with such subject matter on such an emotional level, they really have to dig deep to make sure they hit all of the right notes in the show,” Kyle said.
For the first showing, on February 16th, the play will have a gala night premiere, starting at 7:00 p.m., where people can come early before the show and enjoy free wine and deserts.
On the same night, the audience will be able to come onto stage and interact with the cast when the play is over.
“After the show there is a Q and A period with the actors, and [the audience] can tour the stage and see all the special effects and lighting from a first-hand view,” Kyle said. “They get to actually get up on stage themselves, touch the props on the set, and see how all the magic happens for themselves.”
All the performances start at 8:00 p.m., and run from February 15th to 24th. The play is happening at Town Hall 1873, located on 302 Queen Street, in Port Perry.
Kyle encourages everyone in the area to buy a ticket and check out the play. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased on the Town Hall 1873 website here, http://www.townhall1873.ca/.
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