Ready for Some Enchanted Evening

Nathan Liewicki
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RuBarb's second production goes Feb. 13-15

The only one thing better than a pillow fight is a pillow fight in a musical – on Valentine’s Day.

From left to right, Evie Koop Sawatzky, Sheldon Bergstrom, Shannon Harasen, Aadin Church and Marianne Woods, pose at the RuBarb Productions office Tuesday afternoon. Led by Sawatzky, who is also the director, the performers are concluding their preparations for the production of 'Some Enchanted Evening,' which will take place Feb. 13-15 at the Mae Wilson Theatre.

 is my favourite musical of all-time. Growing up as a kid watching the Sound of Music every year was a highlight for me,” said Aadin Church, who plays Billy in the production. “So to be able to sing a song like “My Favourite Things,” it's fun and we get to do a pillow fight in it. That's even better.”

Some Enchanted Evening will feature the songs from the famed Broadway duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Church and fellow cast members Shannon Harasen, Marianne Woods, Sheldon Bergstrom and Evie Koop Sawatzky will sing the songs.

With Thursday evening’s opening performance drawing near, Sawatzky, who also serves as the director, said final preparations and fine-tuning details of the show are nearing its conclusion.

“We had a great tech meeting (Tuesday) with the folks at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre and we've got the plan for the next 48 hours to get this show up and on stage,” said Sawatzky. “It's going to be pretty beautiful.

“The next couple of days will be full, but they will be awesome.”

Woods, who plays the role of Anna, believes audience members will either be singing along in the audience or humming a song when they leave the theatre.

“It’s the type of songwriting that weasels into your brain and will never get out,” Harasen told the Times-Herald. “So, if you want to be humming a tune for a week, this is the show to come to.”

Harasen also noted the production offered the performers a chance to perform songs they would not otherwise have been able to.

Bergstrom, whose character – Will – enjoys dancing, said he’s looking forward to the rush of singing.

“There's some great comedy bits, some beautiful ballads and a few audience participation moments in the show,” he said. “It’s a night for everybody of all ages.”

Tickets to the performance – ranging from $23 to $30 – Bergstrom described as full of “music, laughter and memories” are still on sale. 

They can be purchased in person at 321 Main St. N., by calling 306-693-1771, online at rubarbproductions.com, or at the door prior to each evening’s performance. 

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

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