Castor one-act plays prove to be popular

Live theatre in Castor shows plenty of promise. Fresh and younger thespians proved popular

Sean Baldwin (left) and Andrea Griebel hang out at the bar in Castor Little Theatre’s production of “Check Please” last Saturday at the Castor community hall.

Live theatre in Castor shows plenty of promise.

Fresh and younger thespians proved popular as Castor Little Theatre staged three comical one-act plays of love and romance during the past month.

“Check Please,” “Controlling Interest” and “Marriage Proposal,” wrapped last weekend at the community hall.

Rob Nichols and Ed Ries directed the plays over the past three weeks. A full house of about 200 people attended the closing dinner-theatre Saturday night, despite a snowstorm.

“It’s so wonderful to see so many young people participated with enthusiasm,” Ries said.

“We had lots of laughter and response for the audience. When crowds are responsive, it feeds their enthusiasm and energy.”

For at least two fresh faces, the spotlight on stage showed bright promise.

“Other young teachers at Theresetta school asked me to join them, so I decided I would,” said Sara Loonen, who played a psychic in “Check Please.”

“It’s been super fun and great to get to know more people.”

One-act plays often attract new people interested in sampling acting.

“It’s a smaller commitment with one-act plays, which is important for teachers,” Loonen said. “That’s what sold me on it.”

Sean Baldwin said Nichols asked him to take to the stage.

“It’s good to get out of my comfort zone and I’m actually getting into it now,” Baldwin said just before the final performance.

While not a rookie, one young lady came from Forestburg to join the Castor cast.

“It’s always good to be directed by a different director,” said Nancy Ambler, who was in “Check Please.”

The Castor productions were equally popular with the audiences.

“People loved these three plays,” Nichols said.

People came from all over central Alberta to watch live theatre.

“We had two buses from Hanna and Camrose, and lots of people from Stettler, Castor, Coronation, Halkirk and Forestburg,” Nichols said.

Andrea Griebel and Cody Borek played the lead roles in “Check Please, a comedy about the dating scene that follows a series of blind dinner dates.

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