The Oakville Players presents “Welfarewell”

March 20th, 2014 by Comment button No Comments »

The Oakville Players presents “Welfarewell”, an award-winning comedy that celebrates the “Power of the Human Spirit.” March 20th will not only mark the first day of spring but the first day of a production by The Oakville Players (TOP) that will make you laugh even though there may still be snow on the ground.

Welfarewell, a comedy by Canadian playwright Pamela (Cat) Delaney, Winner of the 2009 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest, will be performed at The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts on March 20-23 and March 26-29, 2014. Closing The Oakville Drama Series season, Welfarewell boasts a cast of 14 talented and enthusiastic actors and 30 committed volunteers from throughout the Halton Region.


It is the story of Esmerelda Quipp, an 80-year old, proud, retired British actress, with a zest for life, who after a successful career on stage ends up having difficulties supporting herself. She finds some creative tongue-in-cheek ways to offset the challenges of living on a government pension while making new friends in unusual places. “Although the premise for the play may be a serious topic that is a current social problem, it’s a very uplifting and funny story”, says Mary Rose, Artistic Director. “It is bound to entertain a wide audience. When I picked up the script, I fell in love with the characters and laughed and commiserated with Esmerelda and her friends from beginning to end. I hope that Welfarewell touches the hearts of the audience the way that it did mine.”

The role of Esmerelda is played by an Oakville actor, Ruth Smith. She explains that “Esmerelda is a very interesting character as there are two sides to her personality – the struggling and vulnerable individual as well as the strong, idealist woman who is capable of bringing out the best in others and making a difference in their lives.” You will love the twists that the Welfarewell script explores …. a must to see.

The Oakville Players is a dynamic community theatre that is committed to providing high quality, engaging and affordable theatrical productions. It produces two full-length plays a year as well as a one-act play event in May/June. TOP presents different types of plays. The 2014-15 season will include a Canadian musical and an interactive comedy. If you wish to participate in TOP’s productions, whether as a cast or crew member, or to assist with functions such as marketing, fundraising and the organization of special events, all you need to do is send an email via the ‘Contact Us’ box on TOP’s website. Or simply become a member of TOP to support local live theatre.

Don’t miss your chance to see Welfarewell. This charming comedy will warm your hearts. For show information and to order tickets, please contact The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts at 905-815-2021 or online at oakvillecentre.ca. To view a promotional video that is embedded in the augmented reality poster of Welfarewell, see TOP’s website at oakvilleplayers.ca. Download the required application on your android phone or iphone and watch Esmerelda come to life. You may also view an interview between Mary Rose and the playwright, Cat Delaney.

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