The Women of Wolfville are Ready to Celebrate Care Giving
By Wendy Elliott
The Wolfville of Wolfville (WOW) believe that caring connects everyone.
The town’s unique community theatre group has built its 15th annual collective creation, Got Your Back!, on the theme of care giving.
“Care giving embodies kindness and empathy, which are both at the core of the human experience,” says Acadia University student Alisha Christie.
Christie is one of five community development students that have joined the WOW network of over 300 women across the Valley.
Actor and writer Gail Salmon says, “we all forget that caring is a way of life. Caring can be as small as not laughing at someone’s misfortune or saying something hurtful.”
“To many,” adds Oonagh Proudfoot, “care giving comes naturally,” but she adds, “celebrating it through this show will hopefully help us all reflect on and value it.”
Twenty-five WOW members, ranging in age from five to 65, have been preparing for several months for the production that hits the stage April 6 and 7.
Director Linda Wheeldon says the production will be full of storytelling, song, and dance. The cast will be joined by Wolfville’s new community choir, Our Tunes, which is directed by Heather Price.
Among the themes that WOW has looked at over the last decade and a half are: body image, hope, mothering, food and local history.
Got Your Back! will be staged at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. There will be three performances. The evening shows are at 7:30pm and the Saturday matinee starts at 2pm.
Proceeds from this year’s production will help several charities. Through their annual theatrical adventures, WOW has raised over $185,000 for charity since its first show, Vagina Monologues, in 2002.
Tickets for this year’s production are $12 students/seniors and $15 for adults. They are available at The Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville or at the door.