If “the coin is what you need”, then the Huronia Players 2022 set has you covered.
“Huronia Players are planning a return to a full season, and we are very pleased with the offering we have this year,” said Sue Cook, president of the Midland Theater Company.
“The three plays are very well written. We have two comedies and a musical.
At the beginning of November, Gibson & Sons will be offered; Stag and Doe is scheduled for late January and early February; and the long-awaited production of The Old Man and the Old Moon will finally hit the public in late April and early May.
“We felt our audience would prefer comedies that came out of that dark time that we’ve all lived in,” Cook said.
“(The Old Man and the Old Moon) is the musical we were rehearsing when we were all shut down, so we’re picking this one up and relearning it. It will be three years by the time this comes into play from when we started,” Cook added.
Auditions for Gibson & Sons will be held at the Midland Cultural Center, 333 King St., August 8 and 10 from 7-10 p.m. each evening. Director Tony Raines will seek to launch the comedy, written by Kristen da Silva, with tentative ages ranging from late 20s to early 60s, “and everything in between.”
Typically in theatre, a season call is held before shows so that all season directors can request their company to meet their productions’ needs; Cook said the season call this year came after the Gibson & Sons audition for a very special reason.
Due to the shutdown of theatrical efforts due to COVID-19, Huronia Players had to get creative. They offered virtual performances for remote viewing, and even went so far as to adapt Alive in the Grave, a 1964 radio play from a series called The Creaking Door, into a film.
“We threw it, and we did a lot of it outside because it was during COVID,” Cook said with a laugh. “It took months to be filmed, as we had to work around the restrictions that were in place at the time.”
The premiere of Alive in the Grave will be presented to members on the next Huronia Players season call.
In early September, Huronia Players will enter into a joint venture with Circles; a community support initiative that connects with low-income people to educate, empower and equip them to successfully move out of poverty.
“We’re creating a show…we’ve taken stories from people in the program, and they’ve been written and will be performed. The format we use for the performance is like vagina monologues, in which every person who shows up has a story. And they read that person’s story,” Cook explained.
“I’ve done the Vagina Monologues for Huronia Transition Homes before, so we’re using the same format and I’ll be directing that production as well. And it’s going to be filmed; this resulting film will then be distributed to other Circles branches in North America.
Memberships to join Huronia Players are $10 for the year, with registration information available on their website. Cook advised those interested to also bring their willingness to participate.
“It’s not just, ‘I want to come to socials;’ we want people who want to be involved in our productions, whether behind the scenes, as an usher or on stage.
Cook described the level of engagement as ranging from beginner to advanced with many tasks requiring volunteers over the three months of production.
“Hopefully after COVID, people realize, ‘I’d like to do something different,’ or ‘I’ve always wanted to do this and I never have, and I want to do it. do now.’ I think now is a really good time to get into something like this and get involved in the community again,” Cook said.
Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca