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Dancing in Poppies

  • Main Stage at the Palace Theatre 710 Dundas Street London, ON, N5W 2Z4 Canada (map)

Written by Gail Bowen & Ron Marken

Directed by Susan Garner

Produced by Anne Mooney

Presented by the London Community Players

Roger Currie, a soldier from the First World War, invites us to journey back to a different time and to share his story about darkness and light, and about Canada in 1918.

Beginning in a Toronto convalescent hospital, Roger introduces us to his friends George and Adelaide. Roger has been blinded in the war and George has injured his leg. When George and Roger return home to George’s farm in Snipe Lake Saskatchewan, the men strike up a correspondence with Adelaide.

As they write letters back and forth, we follow the three young people as they journey both emotionally and physically over 18 months. The play moves from place to place and from real time to memory. Enjoy the journey.

“Dancing in Poppies” is produced by special arrangement with PLAYWRIGHTS GUILD OF CANADA.

Runtime: Approximately 120 minutes, with one 20 minute intermission.

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Roger Currie: Alex Bogaert

George: Dylan Rock

Adelaide: Jesslyn Hodgson

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Director: Susan Garner

Producer: Anne Mooney

Stage Manager: Mona Brennan-Coles

Assistant Stage Manager: Chris Shoesmith

Set Design: Janice Johnston

Set Builders: Allan Dewhirst, Tim Dawdy, Frank Hopkins, Allan Koivu, Mark Mooney, Robert Way

Set Painting: Janice Johnston, Richard Lukyanenko, Bronwyn Powell

Lighting Design: Rob Coles

Lighting Operator: Frank Almeida

Sound Design: David Bogaert

Sound Operator: Cindi Armer-Almeida

Costume Design: Margaret Bildy

Wardrobe Crew: Karen Fuller, Liz Marra, Peg Spurgeon

Makeup & Hair Design: Dianne Taylor

Makeup Application: Eva Jacomien

Properties: Esther Andrews, Diana Barr, Carol Girard

Harmonica Artist:  Deborah Alice Zuskan

Production Photography: Ross Davidson

Production Liaison: Fern Tepperman

Adjudication of Dancing in Poppies

London Community Players (LCP) has been a member of the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL) and Theatre Ontario since LCP began. The best educational benefit of membership is the Adjudication process. We are excited that Dancing in Poppies will be adjudicated. Carolee Mason, adjudicator, has been studying the script and will view the play on Friday, November 10. After watching the show, she will give a 10 minute public adjudication to which the entire audience is invited to remain. After the public adjudication, she will dialogue with the cast and crew for about an hour about the production elements, direction, and acting. After completing over 20 adjudications, Carolee will then chose to honour the best of WODL with awards. Please join us for the public adjudication on November 10.

Carolee Mason is an award winning drama educator, author and director, and an adjudicator with the EODL, ACT-CO, WODL and Sears Drama Festivals. Her decades of theatre work have taken her to venues throughout Ontario. Based at both the Mason Theatre and the Studio Theatre in Perth, Ontario, she has directed and designed dozens of productions for youth and adults. Carolee has instructed students, community theatre groups and teachers across the province, most recently at Brock University and the University of Toronto. A workshop presenter for theatre educators in Ontario and abroad, she has authored a range of resource materials for students and theatre practitioners. Carolee’s work has been recognized with the Governor General’s Teaching Award, and Theatre Ontario’s Michael Spence Award.

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