The romance of Charlie (Harrison McDonald) and Mary (Julia Siedlanowska) lends poignancy to the unfolding events of World War One in Penisula Productions' Mary's Wedding

White Rock play presentation adds impact to remembrance

Peninsula Productions' Mary's Wedding brings to life the sacrifices of Canada's World War One generation

Peninsula Productions is marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One with a sincere, heartfelt and touching tribute to the sacrifices of a generation of Canadians who were forever changed by the conflict.

Mary’s Wedding, a play by Stephen Massicote, will run Nov. 11 (2 p.m.) and Nov. 12-15 (8 p.m.) at The Black Box Theatre at White Rock Elementary School, 1273 Fir Street.

Directed by Wendy Bollard, the 70-minute one-act play traces the relationship of two young people who typify the era.

In the early months of 1914, Mary (Julia Siedlanowska), a recent immigrant from England, and Charlie (Harrison McDonald) an Albertan farm boy both seek refuge from a sudden storm. In the midst of the deluge, they find not just shelter – but each other.

Six years later, on the eve of her wedding, Mary has a dream about Charlie. She dreams of their love, of his innocence and courage.

In her dream, she is with Charlie as he joins C Squadron of Lord Strathcona’s Horse,  with him as the war evolves into bitter trench fighting, and with him as he fights in the historic Battle of Moreuil Wood.

Blending scenes of Prairie thunderstorms and polite tea parties and the horrors of war, Massicote’s sensitive script finds a special beauty that makes the act of remembrance vivid and meaningful to current generations.

The show is presented with a warning that it is not suitable for children under the age of 11.

Tickets ($20) are on sale through Tourism White Rock, or online at www.peninsulaproductions.org or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/889179

 

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