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Swift Current Little Theatre returning to the stage for spring production

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Actors rehearse a scene for Swift Current Little Theatre’s upcoming performance of The Ladies Foursome. From left to right, Terri Potter, Carisma Toles, Miranda Woodrow and Tara Garcia. Actors rehearse a scene for Swift Current Little Theatre’s upcoming performance of The Ladies Foursome. From left to right, Terri Potter, Carisma Toles, Miranda Woodrow and Tara Garcia.

Reflections on life and friendship by four women during a round of golf in honour of a recently deceased friend will provide many funny and thought-provoking moments for audience members who attend Swift Current Little Theatre’s upcoming spring production.

The community theatre group is hosting five performances of The Ladies Foursome by popular Canadian playwright Norm Foster between April 13 and 21.
The play is directed by Bruce Rayner, who is looking forward to the upcoming performances.
“We’re really hoping to fill some seats and get people back in our theatre,” he said.
Swift Current Little Theatre did not present a fall production in 2017 and the group is eager to present their latest production to audiences.
“We missed the place and we missed the audiences and the cheers and the laughter,” he said. “So yes, it hurts when we don’t have one.”
The fall production did not materialize because not enough people were available to put it together.
“That’s Swift Current Little Theatre’s problem right now,” he said. “We’re a little low on numbers. We’ve had at least a half dozen or more key members move away that were always involved in every production and we haven’t replaced those people. So now a lot of our core membership find ourselves doing multiple jobs.”
The casting call for the spring production was successful and the all-female cast has been rehearsing since January. The four actors are Tara Garcia, Terri Potter, Carisma Toles and Miranda Woodrow.
“We picked a play that we thought would get more people involved,” Rayner said. “The male version of this play was so popular, we thought surely the female version is going to be as popular, and as it turned out we had a good number of ladies that came out and auditioned for it. So we put together a pretty good cast.”
Foster wrote the original version, The Foursome, about four old college friends who get together on the golf course for a reunion.
“I think we performed it in 2003,” Rayner noted. “Everybody who ever did that play always suggested to him that he write the same kind of play for females. So he finally did, and this is a brand new play. I don’t think it’s more than a year or two old. It went around the circuit in the professional ranks before it became available for the amateurs and we’re the first ones in Saskatchewan to do it.”
There is a lot of humour in the play, but it is not a slapstick comedy and it provides some interesting commentary on friendship and life.
“Four ladies golf every year for the last 14 years, but one of them passes away and a friend of hers from another part of her life comes and joins the other three for a golf game after the funeral to celebrate her life,” he said. “The three friends find out a lot about the one that passed away that they didn’t know through the other friend. She kind of lived two lives and over the course of the play we find out her secrets along with some of their secrets.”
He was a member of the cast when Swift Current Little Theatre produced the male version of this play, and he has fond memories of that experience.
“We bonded and we acted like a bunch of drunken sailors,” he recalled. “We had a lot of fun, but now I’m on the other side. I’m directing the four females and they’re not acting like guys do. We’re different, there’s no doubt about it, but they are still a unique group of people that has been interesting to deal with.”
He has been a member of Swift Current Little Theatre for 25 years, and he is familiar with the various aspects of producing a play.
“It’s probably been five years or so since I directed,” he said. “I like directing. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot of pressure because you take on a lot of the other stuff too when you’re directing. … Everybody comes to you for what you would like to see. So it’s a big job, but if you have the right people in all the right departments you work together and it gets done.”
The opening night of The Ladies Foursome will be a dinner theatre performance on April 13. Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 8 p.m. The dinner theatre tickets are $40 per person and are only available in advance.
The three pub nights will take place on April 14, 20 and 21. Tickets are $20 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 8 p.m.
The regular performance will be on April 19. Tickets are $10 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance is at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at Pharmasave. All performances take place at Beatty Playhouse, which is located in the gymnasium on the Swift Current campus of Great Plains College.

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