By Sarah Baker STETTLER INDEPENDENT
The lights were low, seats were packed, and applause filled the Performing Arts Centre in Stettler Alta. at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 3 when the first of two performances of The Flying Detective began.
Minimal props were used to form the illusion that it was 1919 Edmonton, with the only objects used being two crates which transformed into numerous objects: three screens, small items and of course the plane.
The use of cinematic projection with the screens during the play was very unique, with many audience members mentioning how they had never seen anything quite like it during the performance.
The play was incredibly well done, and the audience reception was filled with laughter throughout while jokes and remarks were made on stage.
All the actors brought forth an incredible and believable performance with outstanding one liners such as Cody Porter who played the detective shouting the line, “It’s insanity.”
Audience members also had the opportunity to view relatable moments such as getting nauseous during a flight.
When the play reached its conclusion, the audience stormed with a resounding applause whilst onstage the actors took their bow and left the stage after circling the plane.
The crew members were very happy with the results of the afternoon’s performance.
“It was great to be able to share this story with Stettler audiences and bring a piece of Alberta history,” said Kim Stadelmann, one of the creative team behind the production.
The play was inspired by a true story about Canada’s first aerial police pursuit; more information about the actual event is available at www.accidentalhumour.com/thetruestory.
Accidental Humour Co.’s The Flying Detective was booked as part of the Stettler Variety Showcase, and originally scheduled to close the 2019/2020 season.