The men of William Head captivate audience with highly original show.
by Morgan McPherson
The William Head Onstage Theatre Society (WHoS) has been producing shows since 1981, their inaugural production being the final exam for prisoners taking the University of Victoria’s drama course. This group has been performing one or two shows a year since then, producing 50 prior works and firmly establishing themselves as the longest running theatre troupe behind bars in the country. Typically, the company will perform an already-established work (I have had friends working in previous years in productions of the Gormenghast and Waiting for Godot), but not this year: presented with a concept, the men and their civilian directors created an entire show from scratch in seven weeks. The men wrote the skits, designed and built the show’s numerous and varied puppets (with a little help), they built the set (designed by Carole Klemm), they stage-managed, they ran lights (designed by Poe Limkul) and sound, and some of them even picked up instruments they didn’t know how to play and joined the band (lead by the composer of the show’s music, Katrina Kadoski). Some of the men were veterans of WHoS, some of them had never been in any kind of dramatic performance in their lives. And yes, you heard me correctly: puppets.
It took terrific heart and courage for these men to get up onstage, do something new, and share a piece of themselves with the audience. I have long been involved in community theatre (since the tender age of 12), and I daresay that this production best embodies everything I feel that theatre can do for people: give them courage, let them reveal a bit about themselves, and help them discover new talents and abilities. I would go again in a heartbeat, and I’m truly sorry I have waited so long to see one of the performances on the WHoS stage.
Run Time: 1 hour, no intermission
Performances Left: October 18, 19, 25, 26, 31 and November 1 , 2, 7, 8, 9
All shows start 7:30 pm SHARP, Tickets available in advance ONLY through Ticket Rocket, must be 19+ to attend.
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