For those who missed them, last week’s performances by our local After Hours Theatre group at Serenity Center for the Performing Arts were definitely worthwhile.
The group presented “It’s All An Act,” a set of three short plays by American playwright Carl L. Williams. Your editor went for the first performance on Wednesday evening and everything was done at an extremely high caliber.
The plays took place at Serenity Center’s Dessert Deck, otherwise known as Shirley DeVooght’s back porch.
Musical interludes were courtesy of Erin Dawson, Colleen Rothwell, Val Gerber and John Gerber. They called their band Contender. It all seemed unlikely and improbable, but with a group of determined and dedicated amateur actors, hardworking backstage staff, a pleasant venue, and delicious desserts, it all came together somehow.
This is the sort of thing you won’t see in the city. There, people don’t get together and provide their own entertainment. Things have to be professionally done (and at great cost) or they don’t get done at all.
After Hours Theatre is a good example of how rural communities work. We know, ultimately, that we need to rely on ourselves to survive. Everyone involved should be congratulated on a job well done.