Theatre Cambrian is set to present the final showcase of its Youth Playwright Series on Aug 23 and 24.
Written by local youth playwright Blaine Thornton, the final showcase, A Family Story, is about a couple and their two kids. Amanda, the wife, has been cheating on her husband Joel with another woman. As they navigate their story, their child Alex tells her younger sibling stories in an effort to explain what’s happening in their family.
Thornton, who will be attending the Ontario Academy of Art and Design in the fall, co-wrote last season’s Christmas production No Snows for Christmas. The play received audience acclaim and inspired the Theatre Cambrian Youth Playwright Series.
The program’s goal is to foster local youth playwrights through the production of new theatre works. The series takes their play through the full production process, including readings, an initial presentation, and feedback from local theatre experts. The series closes with a final presentation on the mainstage, complete with lights, set and costumes.
“When I first wrote A Family Story,” Thornton said in a release, “my intention was to create a show that suits all audiences, so each person sitting in the audience has a character to relate to or a piece of the story they can to connect to on a personal level. From the stories of childhood and fighting dragons to the hardships of adulthood, there is something for everyone in this show.”
Thornton also wanted A Family Story to challenge the stereotypes of a traditional family.
“I think it’s important to normalize that all families are different. Some families have two moms, dads, divorced or single parents and that doesn’t mean they love their children any less.”
“Providing a powerful message, A Family Story provides an opportunity for Blaine to add their voice to an issue that continues to strike the lives of LGBTQ2+ families,” Theatre Cambrian said in a statement.
“This year’s inaugural production is written by a very talented young playwright, whose next steps begin in just a few weeks as Blaine begins studies at OCAD. We couldn’t think of a better send-off than to have an audience full of local well-wishers at the final showcase of their production, A Family Story, hits the stage this weekend.”
A Family Story will be presented on Aug 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. at Theatre Cambrian, 40 Eyre Street. Tickets are $10, available at the door or online at www.theatrecambrian.ca.