This month The Women of Wolfville (WOW) will produce its tenth annual production. Based on the theme of hope, this year’s show will contribute to five charities, but fully half of the proceeds will go toward the new Wolfville Farmers Market.
The production will take place Wednesday, Feb. 23, Thursday, Feb. 24 and twice on Saturday, Feb. 26. Tickets are on sale at the market during February.
The Women of Wolfville have raised over $120,000 in a decade. This year’s other charities are: Right to Play, Chelsea Helping Hands, KFROGS and Light 4 Learning.
Director Linda Wheeldon says the theme of hope is turning into a wonderful experience. “People, who never thought they would act, write or produce a show, did. We began to think of our work as providing ripples of influence and hope.” Wheeldon concluded, ”It has been remarkable to produce a show that reflects on the many dimensions of hope.”
WOW began in 2002 when two moms challenged each other to mount a production of The Vagina Monologues. In 2003, WOW reacted to the impending war in Iraq with a production of Lysistrata. In 2004 in its first collective creation, the group looked at the relationships between mothers and children. The proceeds were donated to orphanages around the world.
The 2005 show focused on the theme of body image and a successful ‘naked’ calendar raised an additional $10,000. The next year Matriarchives explored local women in the past.
In 2008 the theme was secrets and in 2009 the production dealt with women in the night. Last year the theme was food.
This year approximately 50 women, aged seven to 94, are taking part. “Our oldest member, Mary Ganong,” says co-producer Pat Salmon, “has taken part in every production.”