Surrey Little Theatre cast and crew involved in ‘Slow Dancing,’ running April 19 to May 12. Submitted photo

SLT season finale a ‘hard story told in a gentle manner’

‘Slow Dancing’ by playwright Shelley Picard runs at Surrey Little Theatre April 19 to May 12

Mary, a homeless woman, befriends Ann, a young pregnant woman — much to the dismay of Ann’s husband, Charlie.

George, Mary’s friend who died and is now an ever-present spirit in her life, gently guides Mary to help Ann when Ann is faced with some very tough choices.

Slow Dancing by Abbotsford playwright Shelley Picard runs at Surrey Little Theatre April 19 to May 12.

This is the theatre company’s final play of the season and entry for the Fraser Valley Zone Festival.

Picard was inspired to write Slow Dancing after listening to the Garth Brooks hit The Dance. The song talks about how surprises in life, though sometimes hard to walk through, bring fullness to our lives.

The characters in this story each make their own choices on how they will dance and with whom, even when it’s hard.

First time director Margaret Shearman, who has years of experience both on stage and backstage, chose to direct Slow Dancing “because it is a hard story told in a gentle manner.”

“The situation is impossible and the characters are human and fallible; how they handle things is very real,” she said.

Ann, played by Maegen Eastwood of New Westminster, is forced to make hard life choices with the help of a homeless woman, Mary, portrayed by Lyn Verra-Lay of Delta, and her ‘guardian angel’, George, played by Ken Fynn of Chiliwack.

Rounding out the cast is Aaron Elliott of Surrey as Ann’s husband, Charlie, who adds to the complications by protesting the relationship between the two women and Tanya Rogers of Surrey as the nurse.

Slow Dancing runs Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. April 19 to May 12, with Sunday matinees on April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. On gala night, Saturday April 21, there will be a special talk back session with Picard.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors. All tickets on preview night (April 19) and opening night (April 20) are $10.

Purchase online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Reservations can be made at reservations@surreylittletheatre.com or call 604 576 8451.

For more information visit www.surreylittletheatre.com

Surrey Little Theatre is located at 7027 184 St.



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