Wetaskiwin Waterworks Theatre Director Edlon Roth invites the residents of Wetaskiwin and surrounding region to an evening of fun and laughter with the production of ‘Fishing for Frank’. “The production is a display of close friends reminiscing about the recently departed Frank and gossiping about his wife. The play is set in Nova Scotia, but it could really be friends talking in any small town, anywhere. Ed and Dick are the best-of-friends, yet throughout the play they are critical of each other in a friendly manner. Throughout the play, the cast takes shots at political parties, all religions and most everything else. No one is spared in this production – Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, it doesn’t matter.”
‘Fishing For Frank’ began at the Waterworks Theatre January 16, 17 and 18 and continues January 23, 24 and 25. The cast completed their final dress rehearsal January 14th and are ready and eager to show local residents an afternoon or evening of entertainment and laughter. Although performed by local actors and actresses, don’t underestimate the quality of the performance. It’s excellent.
Waterworks provides a brief description of what theatre guests might expect. “After four decades of putting up with a cold fish of a husband, Millie’s finding widowhood quite liberating… with a 30-something ‘Come-from-away’ from Calgary, who’s young enough to be her son. Set in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Lillford’s smartly written script crackles with subversive humour that’s rooted in reality. Whether or not you’ve ever resided in a small town, if you’re Canadian or have watched The Red Green Show, chances are you’ve known somebody like Ed or Dick. ‘Fishing for Frank’ isn’t only about gossipy human nature, it’s also about missed opportunities, regrets — and second chances.”
A visit to the Performing Arts Theatre building is a treat in itself. It is a very old building that has been reclaimed by the Performing Arts Society. The Theatre is… well, it is theatrical. Not fancy, but has a lot of charm and character with the antique looking brick walls, arched heavy wood window frames and an unfinished concrete floor. The Society proudly states it, “is debt free except for sweat equity of many local volunteers who have transformed the old former waterworks building into a 160 seat performing arts venue.” The organization is entirely run by volunteers – from those who work on the construction to the person who swabs the toilets and takes out the garbage – no one gets a paycheck.
Support local theatre and entertainment including Director Eldon ‘Steamer’ Roth and talented cast Don Berner, Miles Brunken, Deb Williams and Janet Hinkley along with all the production volunteers. For more info, www.wetaskiwintheatresociety.com or call the Wetaskiwin Theatre Society at 780-352-8383.