By Barb McKay
An inspiring new theatre company has incorporated Kincardine’s rich marine heritage into its latest production, to be performed in August.
Sundown Theatre, founded in 2012 by Kincardine native and artistic producer Mariel Marshall, is returning to Kincardine this summer to perform its new play, The Ghost Ship. The play is written by Claire Wynveen and directed by Matthew Thomas Walker, with music by Meredith Zwicker. Wynveen also wrote The Selkie of Kincardine, which was performed by Sundown Theatre last summer in
“As a new company last year I thought let’s see how it goes and see how the community responds to determine if we do one next year,”
When members of the theatre company watched the Tall Ships sail into the Kincardine harbour last August and saw how the community embraced them, they were inspired,
“We are really excited to be back,” she said. “The whole company can’t wait to get out and work with the kids.”
Once again, the Sundown Theatre Youth Company will be back for a four week theatre training program that is open to teens between the ages of 13 and 19 years old who have an interest in developing performance skills. Auditions were held May 31 and
The Ghost Ship tells the story of a young girl living in a rural
The production, like the Selkie, has a musical component with a choir singing hymns and, in contrast, sea shanty and naval songs. On opening night, Aug. 13, the play will be featured as part of the weekly Music in the Park event at
The Sundown Theatre will be a part of the first ever Kincardine Marine Heritage Day on Aug. 23, and will perform The Ghost Ship at
“It will be the perfect conclusion to the day,”
Prior to its official opening, the theatre will hold a special community night on Aug. 12 and has invited community groups, including Community Living Kincardine and District and Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey, to have a sneak peak at the production. Being rooted in the community, through the youth theatre company program and local events, is important to Sundown,
“I don’t want us to be a company that comes in to town and blows out again. I want to be involved in the community.”
Early bird tickets are on sale online for $15 (25 per cent off regular admission) until June 14.
“We want everyone to be able to afford to come,”
The company has received government funding and sponsorships through
“We really need them to make it happen,” she said.
To purchase tickets, learn more about the production or for sponsorship, visit www.sundowntheatre.ca.