Waiting for the Parade by playwright John Murrell, is an award-winning Canadian play which takes place in Calgary in the 1940s during WWII. With music and costumes from the era, it captures life back home as people rallied to support the war effort amid shortages and personal loss.
It's not difficult to understand the play's appeal. It is a quiet reflective look at war, not from the male point of view, but from that of the women they left behind. It has strong roles for five women of different ages, something that was unusual at the time it was written (and not so common these days, either.)
These are the women who also served during World War Il, providing munitions and knitted socks, battling food shortages and devastating loneliness, who were expected to "keep smiling through" until the boys came home.
Annual Children’s Show – Rumpelstiltskin is an adaptation of the famous Grimm classic featuring the magic of a strange little creature who helps the poor widow’s daughter turn straw into gold so she can marry the handsome Prince and live happily ever after! But first, Jullietta must guess the creature’s name, or be his slave. Surprises galore in a colourful and sparkling show that boasts a lively cast complete with a hilarious comic duo and a nasty evil Queen.
by Aaron Bushkowsky
"Gabrielle and Michael meet by accident, fall in love, part, meet again and fall in love all over again. The problem is, every time they meet, they forget each other's names. They can't help it; they suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Complicating things are family members who have difficulty with the changes and challenges Gabrielle and Michael experience, as they become more and more entangled in the debris of memory and language. Eventually, Gabrielle and Michael end up in a long-term care facility where they meet other people suffering from the same malady, extraordinary people who live and die with courage and hope. In the end Michael and Gabrielle find love again and, in the process, change the lives of the people around them".
By John Patrick
Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marlowe leases a house in the tiny New England hamlet of Beaver Haven and settles down to write her autobiography.
She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her nosy neighbours. "Everyone knows those nosy neighbours" - who won't mind their own business. They're quirky, odd and sometimes even a little crazy and Beaver Haven is full of them.
As this play going season at Theatre Burlington draws to an end — here is a jolly good laugh to take you into an enjoyable few months of no overcoats, just nice warm outside weather.
Shows like this help us realize that we need to take life a little less seriously
Kid Shows: $10 general admission