Billed as a contemporary message reminiscent of the 60s and what was then termed the “Summer of Love,” the Mirror Theatre stage presentation of local playwright Janet Royko’s latest work entitled “The Shift – a play with music” made its mid-April debut at the Bonnington Arts Centre in Nakusp.
In the opening scene, a group of characters seeking further meaning in their lives feel drawn together in order to find a common connection with the goal, from that point on, of co-creating a new reality.
As individuals, they already possess both the knowledge and the skills needed in order to manifest their goal, in a more cognizant way through cooperative and collective action, than those who had felt the energies of the 60s, according to Royko.
Adeptly employing music, dance and intention, this thought-provoking play appeared successful in precipitating a shift in everyone’s experience overall.
Co-directed by Janet Royko and Cameron Gordon, the uplifting performance featured a well-rehearsed and colourful nine member cast and the stage crew. Also featured were Ty Klassen and Rick Offerman on vocals and acoustic guitars, inviting audience participation. Cliff Woffenden performed on drums along with Cassia Parent, a talented dance choreographer who also performed on the ukulele.
A further performance of “The Shift” will take place on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 7 p.m. at Silverton Gallery. Admission is by donation.