RuBarb is bringing the ice to the stage

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Tim Hildebrand, front, and Evie Koop Sawatzky rehearse a scene from RuBarb Production Inc.'s newest production, 'Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad' at the Mae Wilson theatre at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre on Wednesday afternoon. The three-night production opens Thursday.

RuBarb Productions is preparing to perform 'Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad.'

It's a romantic story about two single parents who meet in the bleachers of a hockey rink.He is an obnoxious fan and she is a shy fan, who is new to the game.

Organizers say it is a storyline about what happens when opposites attract.

Evie Koop Sawatzky, director and owner of Rubarb Productions, said this was a true experience for the author of the play. As a child he was playing hockey and saw a couple falling in love in the stands. In those moments, the drama in the bleachers was more exciting to watch than what was happening on the ice.

In this production both locals, and professionals will be alongside acting together, which is something that Rubarb Productions promotes by holding open auditions every year.

“Moose Jaw is a breading ground for really talented performers,” Sawatzky said.

However, in saying that, she added there aren’t always a lot of opportunities for people who train and grow up in the arts in Moose Jaw. There are so many talented individuals that have left Moose Jaw to head to bigger cities across Canada because the opportunities can’t be found at home, she said.

By encouraging the next generation to pursue the arts, it can bring a new set of performers to take to the home stage, said Sawatzky.

She added, “I think that the arts are an important part of our life. It improves the community as a whole.”

Alongside local performers, professionals include Tim Hilderbrand, Sawatzky and Andres Harden.

Sawatzky said, “You can’t separate professionals from those people who are growing and learning.”

Although advertising disclaims that the age is 16 and up, Sawatzky said that it is not because of language or adult content, The storyline is about an adult couple falling in love and a six-year-old would not be terribly excited about the show.

Performances begin April 3 and continue through to April 4 and 5 all starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rubarbproductions.com, by telephone at 693-1771, or at the box office at 321 Main Street North.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada

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