Sundown Theatre unveils new production in time for Marine Heritage Day

Performances run Aug. 13 to 24 in Dunsmoor Park

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 Dunsmoor Park.


“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,” Marshall said.


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, Marshall said. They knew they had to come back.


“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 Marshall said many who participated last year are back and there are some new members. The youth company will take part in The Ghost Ship production.


The Ghost Ship tells the story of a young girl living in a rural Ontario town in the early 1900s. A mysterious ship is spotted along the shoreline of Lake Huron, which sparks rumours of ghosts and pirates. The young girl and her friend, the pastor’s daughter, stake out the beach and try to learn the truth.


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 Dunsmoor Park and will include musical guests.


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 9 p.m.

“It will be the perfect conclusion to the day,” Marshall said.


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, Marshall said.


“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,” Marshall said, adding that the play is family-friendly production.


The company has received government funding and sponsorships through Meridian, Areva and OPG, but the company is welcoming other sponsors to help cover costs.


“We really need them to make it happen,” she said.


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