It is so great to have a night out; especially a date night with your 12-year-old daughter.
My daughter luckily still likes to hang out with her Mom on a Friday night, I am not sure how much longer that will last. Meaghan and I were excited to watch the performance of The Man Who Shot Chance Delaney together as she performed in a Western play with the Centre Wellington Children’s Drama Club in Fergus not too long ago.
We settled into our seats and were transported back to the 1900’s to a small town in Kansas where the majority of the play took place in the Lucky Dollar Saloon along with several other locations.
This two act play was written by Canadian playwright Ian Weir. I had read about Weir he had a dream of being a writer when he was young, but was told like many artists, “Yes but what will you do to earn a living?”
We watched the 6 experienced actors who all had multiple roles in the play with delight and awe as they quickly transformed from one character to another mostly without even leaving the stage. The visual effects of the lighting and set design all made for a great Wild West gun slinging story.
I especially liked the quick flip of an apron strap which changed the lead actress Molly into a totally different character once the strap was properly fastened on the apron. There were the many voices of Perkins, the fast talking Brewster and Abilene who changed from a young women to a little boy with just a flip of a hat.
The storytelling began with a stranger who entered the Saloon and started to share his tales. Meanwhile at the same time the tales were told by each actor helping to get a better glimpse of how the story unfolded. The story included like any good Western shootouts, bar fights, and broken hearts.
Chatting with my daughter on the way home she commented, “It was as if there was multiple layers to the characters and you had to listen really closely to see what would happen next!” I agreed and said “It sure was an evening of great storytelling and was so well done.”
From the experience my daughter had in a live production, it give us a glimpse of the many hours of rehearsal required for a production.
Many thanks to the Director of the play Denise Gismondi, Judi McCuaig the Producer and Bev Maintenay the Stage Manager and Assistant Director.
The GLT has many volunteers that help make the productions run smoothly and I am told they are always looking for more people to come and help them share the love of arts and the Royal City.
The entertainment continued after the show when we walked into the lobby and a dance party had begun with the Range Riders band playing country music.
If you want to find out Who Shot Chance Delaney and how the story ends you still have time to attend a show, it is running until June 2, 2019.
Bring a date to either next Friday or Saturday’s evening performance and you can kick up your heels to the Dan Badger Band playing both pre show and post show with the bar open later. You can purchase tickets at the Guelph Little Theatre, http://www.guelphlittletheatre.com/.
Talk soon ~