Monday, April 27, 2009

School Shooting opens this week!

One of the shows that's been flying a bit under the radar at Grinder Productions is the one that hits the stage at the Elora Centre for the Arts this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

School Shooting is an original play, one that's been waiting to come to the stage for years. I have to admit, it took a long time for this show to come to life for me - the story kept slipping out of my grasp every time I would sit down to tackle another rewrite. It wasn't until just before rehearsals began that the story finally crystalized in my mind.

Once we hit the ground in rehearsals, though, my insecurities were quickly left behind, as right from the first read-through the cast of six plucky actors all dove head-first into the story and through five weeks of rehearsals they haven't looked back. I'm blessed to be truly working with a great group of young people on this show.

Now granted, this show isn't for everyone. It's title is quite literally what it's about, and since it features teenagers in some pretty stressful situations there's more than a few profanities, and some crude, macabre teen humor, so it's definitely at 14A-rated show. Use your discretion about bringing the younger kids.

But as long as you don't mind the language, please do consider checking this one out, as it really does feature some top-notch performances, from some of Grinder's brightest up-and-coming talents.

April 30th, May 1st and 2nd at 8pm, matinee May 2nd at 2pm. Elora Centre for the Arts. All tickets $10, available by calling 519-780-7593 or at the door.

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