(Posted Feb. 23, 2018)
Older Players put original spin on a venerable classic
Susan Flemming is the first to admit her latest play for
her Orléans Older Players (OOPs) class is somewhat personal.
are definitely themes of dead-line pressure and over-writing
to which I can relate,” laughs Flemming. “I am not very
good at self-editing and this was an opportunity to poke
fun at that.”
on the classic L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz, Flemming
and cast have given their production a distinctly Canadian
flavour in a romp down their own “Fuchsia Brick Road.”
(Think Loon, Sasquatch and Moose instead of Tin Man, Lion
central character is novelist Lark Spur, who while suffering
from writer’s block, moves to the small Canadian town
of Three Dot. She takes a job as the town’s librarian,
which she hopes will inspire her to finish her novel.
It turns out the library has only one book – The Wizard
of Oz – which the residents take turns reading at their
Saturday Night Book Club.
make matters worse, each townsperson alters the story
to fit their own personality and imagination and all set
the story in their Canadian reality.
cast of 11 is made up of both nw and returning thespians.
Actors Sue Ashton (Jelly/Loon) and Céline Nadeau (Dorothy)
have seven years and 14 OOPs productions under their belts.
newcomer Robb Corrigan (professor/Wizard) is in his first
adult class play, enticed to the stage by his three children
who have been with the Ottawa School of Theatre (OST)
for many years.
fall, they finally convinced their father to join them
and their mother in an OST all ages play.
was an incredibly bonding experience as a family,” says
Corrigan. “Given that it was my first acting experience,
I was humbled to learn through my kids’ expertise as they
gave me advice and pointers,” adds the software company
next step for Corrigan was to join the adult class both
for fun and to help him become more comfortable with public
speaking. “Through their experience with OST, my children
are amazingly at ease in front of a large audience,” he
says. “Susan has written an extremely engaging, witty
and humorous adaptation of the original Wizard of Oz.
It’s going to be great fun,” Corrigan adds.
Wizard of OOPs, complete with original songs, a ukulele
duo and special appearance by “Bobo,” takes to the Richcraft
Theatre stage for two performances on Saturday, February
24 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets
visit www.ost-eto.ca or call 613-580-2764.
joint presentation of the Shenkman Arts Centre and MIFO,
tickets for “Charly in the Desert” are available at www.shenkmanarts.ca
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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