With the generous support of the Meaford Culture Foundation, Meaford Theatre Company’s production of Ted John’s play “He Won’t Come In From The Barn” was an unqualified success this summer.
We took the show on the road at venues in Meaford, Bognor and Clarksburg. The community of Bognor welcomed us with open arms on June 5, as we transformed their community hall with a tractor outside the door and inside, a meticulously designed set depicting the interior of an old barn. Our cast wowed the sold out, enthusiastic audience. Village hospitality at its best! We moved the show to the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg for June 8, 9 and 10, again filling the venue to capacity for the evening shows. Audience members were impressed with the set as reflected in the many positive comments on the work that went into its creation. We wound up the tour with two shows in Grandma Lambe’s event barn, June 15 & 16. Word had spread and the location added to the appeal – a play about a barn – in a barn! Somehow we squeezed two capacity crowds into the barn while still meeting fire code. A good challenge to have. Once more our cast’s performance demonstrated the many hours of rehearsal that made this show such a success.
Community theatre enriches the lives of those who take an active part in it, as well as those in the community who benefit from live theatre productions. Our show this year successfully represented a diversity of age, culture, life experience and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts. Our cast and crew built great camaraderie and shared their expertise freely. We appreciate the support of so many of our local folks as reflected in the wonderful attendance at each venue, which ensured we met our financial goals.
There is a reason we call it “community theatre” because it is produced by the community, supported by the community, and for the community. It’s a living definition of the word “community” many thanks!