Interest grows in forming theatre club

Hay River is looking for a little drama.

Some residents have formed a group to discuss bringing live theatre to the community.

The idea originated with a Facebook posting and has grown into ideas for various productions.

Elise Marie was the author behind the original post and she said she is quite impressed with the response. 

“I made the original post because I was bored and looking for something to do and I thought let’s see if there’s interest,” she said. “I got responses from 15 people in two days.”

Marie said it is difficult for adults to get together beyond the usual drinking and sporting activities.

She noted there are more options for younger residents, but she wants to look into something different for adults.

“I think it’s important for adults to get together for something other than drinking and sports,” she said. “I think theatre is an excellent medium for that.”

As for those who have a bit of stage fright and are not looking to act, there would be plenty of behind-the-scenes roles to be filled should a production occur in town.

“Theatre is so broad, it can be anything,” Marie said. “You don’t have to act. There are so many skills involved. There is carpentry, painting, writing the script. It’s all about teamwork.”

She emphasized the group, in its current stage, is simply a collection of people interested in theatre. She said nothing has been decided at this point as to type of performance, age limitations or whether there will be a performance at all.

“We will begin making all these decisions at our first meeting,” she said.

Tiffany Gallivan is another person who has the acting bug.

Gallivan said she had been looking at getting a theatre group going for a while, but never had the time to organize one.

She said she would like to see a few different projects take off, which she will be bringing to a brainstorming meeting on April 17.

“I’d like to direct a kids’ play or musical,” she said. “My plan is to do something small at first and see how it’s received.”

Gallivan said she was involved in theatre and dance throughout her school years in New Brunswick and thinks it is important to bring to Hay River.

“It’s something that kids are missing out on experiencing here,” she said.

She would like to see something along the lines of a dinner theatre with adults, noting it would be great fun and an awesome fundraiser.

Anyone interested in attending the upcoming brainstorming meeting is invited to come to NWT Centennial Library at 7 p.m. on April 17.