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Friendship, love and laughter abound in Rivercity Players' upcoming production

Director Susan Wydenes wanted to bring some light and laughter to Rivercity Stage at this dark and dreary time of year, and she found the perfect play for that in Norm Foster's

Halfway There.

The small town of Stewiacke, Nova Scotia is located exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole. Into this town wanders Doctor Sean Merrit, newly dumped by his fiancée and looking to leave his troubles far behind. The first people he meets are four local women,

each with issues of their own. The play opens February 23rd with performances through March 4th.

We asked Susan to share more about the play, and also about how she became a part of Rivercity Players.

How would you describe the play?

Susan Wydenes: This is a play about love: the enduring love between dear friends and the love off romantic relationships, both new and long-established.

Why did you want to bring this play to Rivercity Stage?

SW: This is a relatable play that celebrates what is essential in life: friendship, love, laughter and being there for each other, through all of lifes ups and downs. It is heartwarming, witty and funny and I thought it would be a welcome reprieve for our audience during these last weeks of our often wet and dreary winter.

What is your favourite thing about the play and/or the production?

SW: My favourite thing is watching these characters and relationships come to life through the hard work and thoughtful exploration of the actors.

(L-R) Kelly Senko, Tony Ritchie, Lynne Macara, Nathalie Anderson and Michelle Segal star in Halfway There Feb 23 - Mar 4. Photo: Mike Davies

Why should people come see the show?

SW: This play will make you laugh and probably also cry. It is a hopeful play that nudges us all to remember what is most important in life: each other.

How long have you been involved with Rivercity Players?

SW: Off and on for about 20 years.

What made you want to be involved in community theatre?

SW: I wanted to try acting and I wanted to be part of a creative group.

What past productions have you been involved in (either with Rivercity or otherwise)?

SW: Cocktails at Pam's, 84 Charing Cross Road, Steel Magnolias, a handful of one act plays and various off-stage roles in other productions.

What was your most memorable theatre experience?

SW: So far, I think that would be directing Steel Magnolias. The cast was amazing to work with.

What do you like most about directing?

SW: I love watching how the actors interpret their characters and then bringing them together into a cohesive unit under my vision for the story.

Other than directing, what other roles you enjoy taking on in a theatre production?

SW: I also enjoy acting, set dressing and publicity.

What things keep you busy when you're not involved in theatre?

SW: Walking with friends and dogs, knitting, outdoor adventures and spending time with family.

Tickets for Halfway There by Norm Foster are on sale now, please visit our ticket page for all of the details, Evening performances will be February 23, 24, 25 and March 2, 3, 4 at 7:30pm. There are also two matinee performances, Sunday February 26th and Saturday March 4th at 2pm.


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