Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mom's the Word

Theatre Calgary's most recent success story was a play about being a Mom. Who would of thought. Five simple everyday story's could be so thoughtful. Full of the funny and the fine lines we mothers often walk.

It was a hot date, so naturally I was my usual enthusiastic self.

I love the theatre, the stage, the lights, the sound, the feeling, ah the feelings that come with a night at the theatre. I can still remember the night I fell in love with the theatre. I'd been on the stage or enjoying the acting of others for years already... but that night, the show hadn't even started yet. I was hanging out, dressed nice because that's just what you do when you go to the theatre. When a woman I didn't know put her arm around me and tucked in the tag of my dress that had been sticking out. She smiled and said you'd do the same for me wouldn't you?...

A play about being a Mom. I like to escape sometimes to "that place" where I can just be me, just a girl. So I was a little concerned that a play about Mother hood might just be "all to real" for me. I like thought provoking about new or different things, stuff. Maybe I was having a flash back of the TMI of the Vagina Monologues. Not sure I was up for all my inner most Motherly secrets to be exploited for audience reaction...

A breathe of fresh air, I laughed, my hot date laughed. Not sure if it was intentional or just came to be through the absolute command of the stage the actors had that night. Each character captured, as though the journey's were their own. Every moment remarkable, in of it's self, we, audience and actors celebrated the good, the bad, the ugly... something everyday and ordinary, Mother hood. The performance was as extraordinary as mother hood it's self.

Such a privilege to be part of a truly once in a life time performance. Then like the cherry on top, we went on to have a tour so I could capture some of the essence of the evening. Radical!

Something about being a girl, whether your six or thirty six and lost in the mayhem of Mother hood. Pink feathers can help make it all okay. Even if it's just for a moment. It could be said that Mother hood is just a community of moments meant to be shared, intellectualized and celebrated.

Congratulations to
Theater Calgary. Linda A. Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams. Kira Bradley, Lindsay Burns, Elinor Holt, Nikki Loach and Elizabeth Stepkowski-Tarhan. Meg Roe and the Company and Crew. Your eloquence in capturing Mother hood in such a palatable way is to be applauded.

Thank you all for a wonderful evening. Such a treat. You can check out Theatre Calgary's 2011-2012 season at http://www.theatrecalgary.com If you see someone smiling contently and looking for dress tags that need to be tucked, there's a good chance thats me, or that other Lady...

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