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Mortlach Community Players will perform “Squirrel Lake”

The reading of a will at a cottage, a psychic medium, bee stings and mistaking one person for a prostitute will all unfold in an upcoming play.

“It’s quite hilarious. It’s a family who goes back to the cottage, essentially that they went to as children, to have their mother’s will read and then it’s just essentially a bunch of bumps and turns that happen while they’re there,” said Heather Adams, artistic director of the play Squirrel Lake by Brian Mitchell. “It just becomes funnier and funnier as the story unfolds. It’s a pretty brilliant play, I got to say.”

The Mortlach Star Players will put on the play at the Mortlach Community Hall as a dinner theatre on April 4, 5, 11 and 12 and as a dessert theatre on April 13.

The play has a seven-person cast and rehearsals began in January. Proceeds from the play will go to the Mortlach United Church.

“Tickets do sell out. We usually sell out every year and get people on waiting lists for the next year,” said Adams.

The theatre group has been doing plays for the last 10 years, but for a while didn’t have a name. When professional actress Krista Konkin came in as the artist in residence program and grant for a year, she helped the group develop a name.

“These volunteers that had been coming for the last 10 years all of a sudden called the Mortlach Star Players. So when we sat down and just listed the people who have been involved over the last decade, it’s probably upwards of 50 people,” said Adams, adding approximately 10 people per year are actively involved.

“It’s kind of neat when you actually do the math … you’re like, ‘Wow, has it been that many people?’”

People involved in the group range in age from kids in Grade 6 or 7 to seniors.

“Mortlach is a fabulous place because it keeps growing. We’re getting new and interesting people constantly,” said Adams. “We have people who’ve been in the plays 10 years ago fitting in with someone who’s lived in the town for a couple months and so we take anyone. We’re always excited to get new talent.”

She said one of the cast members hasn’t been in a play since high school.

“You’d never guess it,” said Adams. “I mean, he’s just brilliant. So there’s all this hidden talent.”

The dinner theatre dates will have cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the dinner theatre.

On April 13 for the dessert theatre, the dessert is at 1:30 p.m. and show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the dessert theatre.

For tickets, contact Marilyn Forbes at 306-355-2597 or Bev Fawcett at 306-355-2509.

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Organizations: Mortlach Star Players, Mortlach United Church

Geographic location: Mortlach Community, Squirrel Lake

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