Area Community Theatre directors Dr. Christine Jacobsen and Dr. Bridget Owens are pleased to announce ACT’s next production, The Tin Woman by Sean Grennan. Opening with a Sweethearts Dinner on February 14th, the show runs Feb. 14 – 17 and 21 – 24 at the Area Community Theatre, 907 Kilbourn Ave. in Tomah. Thursday – Saturday shows begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 1:00 p.m.
The Tin Woman is a work inspired by a true story. In the words of theater critic Tom Williams, “It’s a heartwarming comedy that is a smartly crafted blend of family drama, humor and hope.” Joy (Amanda Nygaard) has had a heart transplant, and during her recovery she is questioning her second chance in life. She is depressed because she can’t come to grips with why she was given another chance to live.
Eventually, she sends a note to the family of her donor. That family was struggling to deal with the loss of Jack (Malakai Roman), a 36 year old man who had been searching for his place in life. Hank (Micah Juliot) and Alice (Renee Stroh) are the parents who can’t seem to function or come to peace with losing Jack. Rounding out the cast is Nurse/Darla (Cherie Lipp).
When Hank and Alice agree to meet with Joy, the awkwardness becomes funny and heartfelt. Playwright Sean Grennan skillfully weaves comedy, truthfulness and pathos into a moving play. Eventually all the players come to terms with what it means to truly give one’s heart.
Opening night (February 14) will begin with a Sweethearts Dinner catered by Wetlands Catering in the theatre’s Gatsby Room beginning at 5:30. Sweethearts Dinner reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. February 8. The dinner and show package is only $45 per person. Individual adult show tickets are $20 and student tickets are $10 each. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office (2-5 weekdays), at 608-374-SHOW (7469) and online at www.tickets.tomahact.com.