It’s not every day rhubarb falls from the sky.
But next weekend, Meadow Lakers will have the opportunity to witness just that.
‘The Day Rhubarb Fell from the Sky’ is scheduled to take root in Meadow Lake at the Catholic Church Hall on Jan. 24-26.
The play is described as a comedy featuring romance, rejection, and rhubarb.
“It’s sort of your typical boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl screws things up, but with some twists and turns along the way,” said director and actor Kristen Stringer.
The play originally sprouted up in Swift Current, where resident Wendy Lockman directed and debuted the play.
This year’s seven-actor ensemble is entirely local.
“Some of us are imports to the town, but we’re all Meadow Lake residents,” she said.
Getting all seven actors in the same place at the same time has been one of the greatest challenges for Stringer, but it’s generally worked out for the most part.
“In terms of the logistics of rehearsals, it’s a little difficult, as there is seven of us with busy lives and jobs and families,” Stringer said. “But everyone’s really jumped on board and been really committed to the piece.”
Stringer, who plays a kind-hearted but sometimes irreverent character who often thinks she knows what’s right for people, also juggled directing duties.
“I’ve acted before, and I’ve directed before, but nothing quite of this size and scope,” she said. “It’s a lot to sort of piece it together and have the vision to see it through, which can be difficult when I’m on the stage.”
Thankfully, she said she had a very cooperative, flexible cast that was willing to experiment.
Last year, the Meadow Lake Community Theatre Group presented ‘Two for the Pot’. According to Stringer, ‘The Day Rhubarb Fell from the Sky” is a much larger production, with a longer running time and expanded ensemble.
While last year’s was about 45 minutes, ‘The Day Rhubard Fell from the Sky’ is two acts and runs for just over two hours, including the intermission.
And while the play may not be short, Stringer assures would-be attendants that it will certainly be sweet — literally.
Desserts and snacks will be served and there will also be a cash bar. The organizers went with this option because they wanted to provide something more than just a performance, but also found it required less preparation than offering a full dinner.
“It’s easier than doing dinner theatre, but also provides more incentive and an evening out for people rather than just doing a performance,” Stringer said.
And make no mistake; Stringer says the play’s namesake will feature prominently in the food selection.
“Rhubarb will feature in some of the options … we’re thinking maybe a cheesecake with rhubarb sauce.”