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Closing the curtain on the Hockey Monologues: Weeks Major Midgets theatrical fundraiser gets ready for third and final show

Dawn Peters of Curtain Call Players tries to deal with the smell of hockey gear during rehearsal for “It’s Not Just a Game” – The Hockey Monologues, a fundraiser for the Weeks Major Midgets taking place on Jan. 20, 2017.
Dawn Peters of Curtain Call Players tries to deal with the smell of hockey gear during rehearsal for “It’s Not Just a Game” – The Hockey Monologues, a fundraiser for the Weeks Major Midgets taking place on Jan. 20, 2017. - Carol Dunn

The strength of community theatre is on full display at North Nova Education Centre these days as the huge cast for this year’s Hockey Monologues prepares for opening night.

“We kind of went a little bit deeper into the crazy, which can happen at the rink,” said Colleen Hawley, writer and director of the plays which have been a major fundraising event for the Weeks Major Midgets hockey team.

“The actors are really stepping up and doing a wonderful job.”

There are 21 people in this year’s Hockey Monologues production. By the sounds of it, they’ve got their hands full with Hawley’s latest script.

“There’s so much to talk about with minor hockey,” said Hawley. “Funny things and sad things.”

Each monologue is a stand-alone story, but the themes and situations played out on stage ought to be familiar to anyone who has spent enough time on and around the ice. Having spent enough of her own time observing and being part of that environment, not to mention a heavy involvement in theatre since 2002, Hawley decided to bring it all together with the Hockey Monologues.

“I really liked the monologue format, and so I figured instead of paying for the rights for this, I’d just do it myself,” she said.

The result has been two shows which together have raised in $7,500 for Weeks Major Midgets and other charitable causes in the community.

The one and only performance for this year's Hockey Monologues production is Feb. 22. at the North Nova Education Centre.

Showtime is 7 p.m and tickets are $20.

To purchase tickets contact Jacqueline Schnare at (902) 759-0655.

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