An immersive theatre experience: audience will join cast on stage for HTC’s Savannah Sipping Society

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Submitted by the Huntsville Theatre Company

The Huntsville Theatre Company (HTC) is getting ready for their next production on the Algonquin Theatre stage! This is the second time the company has partnered with the Algonquin Theatre to put on a production. Following the success of Once Upon a Time, in September 2018, HTC looked for another opportunity, this time, to have one of their main-season shows at the Algonquin Theatre.

“Having a main-season production at the Algonquin is a real privilege. The entire staff is amazing to work with,” said Lauren Saunders, president of HTC. “We would absolutely love to have more productions at the Algonquin.”

Algonquin Theatre manager, Matt Huddlestone, has said it has always been a goal of his to offer access to all
local theatre and arts groups.

“We are truly blessed to have this wonderful facility for all to share. HTC has established itself as an integral part of Muskoka’s theatre community. Having HTC perform on stage with such a unique setting is exciting for our team,” said Huddlestone.

It certainly will be a unique setting for audiences as they will be sitting right on stage with the actors on set. Skye Goulbourne is the director and said she wants the audience to be completely immersed in the show.

“My hope is that each person in the audience feels that they are right there, on the veranda, with the cast. It will be a neat experience for all as you laugh and ‘sip’ along with the ladies of the Savannah Sipping Society,” said Goulbourne.

Not only will this comedy have audiences immersed in the story, it is completely relatable as well. Audiences will meet four very different women, all experiencing personal life-altering events. The ladies come together and decide to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years.

“This is a play about facing obstacles every day that can break you, but finding the best support from your friends and yourself to overcome adversity,” said Goulbourne. “As they lean on each other, and push each other to step out of their comfort zones, they learn that things have a tendency to work out in the end.”

The cast is made up of Jenn Creasor who plays Randa, Pru Donaldson as Dot, Aussa Penniall as Jinx, and Kyla Taylor as Marlafaye. Goulbourne said this is a phenomenal cast of incredibly talented and strong women.

“They have done a lot of work to explore their characters’ histories and motivations, and they bring such richness to their movements and words. I just know the audience will fall in love with each of them the same way that I have,” said Goulbourne.

Opening night is Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 and the show runs until Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. There are three evening shows at 7:30 p.m. and two matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Algonquin Theatre box office or online at www.algonquintheatre.ca.

“I think the message that I really want people to take with them, at the end of each production, is that life gets hard. But, when you surround yourself with the right people and live just outside of your comfort zone, it can also be beautiful!” said Goulbourne.

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