Thursday, 18 May 2017

ONstage Tonight at Festival: Ghost Light Players

Thursday night marks our Festival “debutantes” as Ghost Light Players of Windsor presents George F. Walker’s Better Living, representing the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL).

Ghost Light Players: taking their name from the Ghost Light used to keep the stage alive and honour those that were there before, and Players like those troupes of old, as they have no urge to settle in one spot, instead they keep moving and learning and discovering. Ghost Light Players engage, inspire, challenge and entertain audiences with theatrical productions that range from classical works to new productions from local playwrights and everything in between; they are supporting and promoting their current generation of artists while paving a path for future generations from within the community; they provide artistic opportunities that promote a life-long learning to a diverse community; and are constantly celebrating the essential power of the theatre to illuminate and illustrate our common humanity. In short, creating theatre without fear!

Ghost Light Players' production of Better Living
Nora couldn't be happier. Her three daughters will all be under one roof again. Even her youngest, Gail, with her criminal boyfriend, Junior, is welcome. But as she waits for the meek Maryann and the brassy Elizabeth to return, Nora's brother Jack, a priest doubting his faith, warns her of the return of her tyrannical husband, Tom. Tom's likely to still be angry about the three times Nora and Jack have tried to kill him. Better Living was first produced by Canadian Stage Company in 1986 and in the US in 1987 by New York Stage and Film Company in association with Vassar College.

At the 2017 Western Ontario Drama League Festival in Guelph, Ghost Light Players received the D. Park Jamieson Memorial Award for Best Production in Festival, and awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Major Role (Michele Legere as Nora), Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Dean Valentino as Tom), Outstanding Technical Achievement, an Adjudicator’s Award for Outstanding Producing (Jeff Bastien), and an Adjudicator’s Award for Esprit de Corps, with nominations for Oustanding Direction (Jacqueline Tinus), Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Kristen Lamoure-Dias as Maryann), Best Visual Production, and Outstanding Ensemble Work.

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