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Hank Williams Story

Ken Mastel as Hank Williams in the upcoming “Hank Williams Story” coming to the stage at the Wetaskiwin Waterworks Theatre.

Click here for video of a dress rehearsal 

    The Waterworks Players will present the musical, "The Hank Williams Story," on the stage of the Waterworks Building on February 14 - 16 and 21 -23. The Friday and Saturday performances on February 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd will begin at 8:00 p.m., while the Sunday performances on February 16th and 23rd will be held at 2:00 p.m. As a singer, songwriter, and musician, Hiram King "Hank" Williams was one of the most significant country music artists in spite of his short life from September 17th, 1923 to January 1st, 1953, so this story of his life revolves around his performance of his music. Ken Mastel, well known in Wetaskiwin drama circles, is both directing and playing the lead role of Hank Williams in this production, and does both superbly.     Several of the cast members are much more familiar with being on stage as musicians rather than as actors, and have taken to their new combined roles with confidence and competence. These include Kary Klontz as Tee-Top (Rufus Paine), Tiana Friesen as Mama Williams, Will Whenham as Jimmy Burhead, Chris Hardy as Hoss, John Simpson as Leon, and Stan Kontek as Shag. Waterworks Players faithful include Dave Comfort as Hugh the DJ and Dennis Taekema as Pap (Fred Rose), Maleah Friesen as Miss Audrey and Gail Mastel as the waitress round out the cast. 
    The set is cleverly designed to represent both the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry with a minimum of change, with the radio station, the diner, and the hang-out by the garage also present. Hank's powder-blue Cadillac takes a few more trips as well. The set facilitates telling Hank's story with the emphasis on his music, that glorious music that came over the radios and played on the jukeboxes before there was TV. 
    For those of us who are a little older, "The Hank Williams Story" is a trip back down memory lane. For those who are younger, it's a taste of popular music before Rock 'n Roll and all that followed. For all, it is a time to relax and enjoy. 
    The conversion of the Waterworks Building into a first-class theatre continues. The big steel beam has been installed which allowed the two pillars in front of the stage to be removed. The expectation is to have the seats in place within a year. Step by step, the necessary changes are taking place as funds and workers, mostly volunteers, are available.     The building is already a busy place with music lessons, practices and various productions. Being able to present the theatre productions on site has increased the flow of funds and speeded up reconstruction. 
    The greater Wetaskiwin community is fortunate to have such a dedicated and capable group of theatre enthusiasts with the vision and ability to bring quality live theatre here, and the Wetaskiwin Theatre Society greatly appreciates the tremendous support it receives from the communit

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