Jake and the Kid, was a success!!!! It was wonderful to have Conni Massing the writer of this adaptation of W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid stories present at many performances.
DannyLineham, our illustrious director also joined the cast performing as two characters – Chet Lambert and Johny Totcoal. Andrew Jacobs was fantastic as the kid, and Don Leighton, a first time actor, gave a wonderful performance as Jake. Not enough can be said of Garrett Haynes who performed four roles in this production (Rev. Cameron, Mr. Ricky, Repeat Golightly and Clinton Godfrey) and had costume changes that were so rapid, that many had not even realized he had left the stage never mind changed and entered as another character. The curmudgeon Gatenby was portrayed extremely well by Ken Robinson, and the role of Ma was performed with sensitivity and kindness by Tamara Benjiman. Celeste Tatlow sweetly portrayed Molly Gatenby. Sybil Evans and Kietha Lewis were shanghaied into joining the cast and delighted the audience with their performances as Mrs. Fotheringham and Mrs. Abercrombie. Clinton Rodney a high school student at Ponoka Composite High School and and member of the Broncs Theatre Program delighted audiences with his performance of the ultimate nerd Axel Rasumussen and the mayor, Angus Stewart. Chandler Vold, a regular performer with KFA and a graduate of the Broncs Theatre program did us proud and both Steve and Stan Kupka. Megan Sweet brought charm and personality to the role of Violet Digby. We were all delighted by the performance of John Jacobs as the auctioneer; he delighted audiences as he included the names of people attending the performances in his auctions.
Our local performances were well received and well attended. Our show in Lacombe as part of the Culture Days celebration was thoroughly enjoyed. A special thanks to Nikki Marburg for filling in as Violet Digby for our performance in Lacome – well done.
Our behind the scenes and front end staff worked tirelessly to get the word out and create and atmosphere that captured the audience: Thank you Richard and Linda McKelvie, Gwen Plested, Marion Raugust, Ken Liddle, Nellie Finnel, Dale Haynes, Ken Waldron, Mary MacArthur, our lighting specialist Graham Boyes, and to Marian and Fred Hiebert for their endless work with sound effects and working the sound board. We are grateful to Curtis Jacobson, for the amazing job he did painting our sets: they made one believe they were in Crocus.
To all the performers and the brilliant people behind the scenes: Thank you for a wonderful show.
The rehearsals are going well for Jake and the Kid. Actors are already starting to work off script. There is a wonderful sense of community as blocking is decided and cast members explore their characters and share their insights. Danny Lineham guides his cast with openess and clarity. Danny has stated that, this is a character play – like the old TV series Leave It To Beaver; thus the actors are creating magic as they become their characters. Conni Massing’s play is a masterpiece; she gives the actors just enough information so that they know who they are but allows them to delve into the characters and build them for themselves.