© Herald photo by Jodi Schellenberg
The characters from Hockey Mom Hockey Dad talk in the bleachers after watching their kids’ hockey game. The play will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre.
If you are looking for some unique entertainment, head down to the E.A. Rawlinson Centre this weekend.
A two-person play, Hockey Mom Hockey Dad, an independent project sponsored by Canadian Tire and other businesses in Prince Albert, will be performed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
“It is about two single parents who meet while their kids practice minor hockey,” director Roxanne Dicke said. “The scenes are set up around the premise that they are at the rink. The whole play takes place in the bleachers.”
Although the entire play takes place in the bleachers, each scene takes place during different events such as games and practices.
“(The characters) get to know each other and themselves quite a bit better through the process of watching and being around competition, kids in sport and that sort of stuff,” Dicke said.
Jason VanOtterloo and Cara Stelmaschuk play the two parents who meet at their kids’ hockey practice. They said the characters have completely different perspectives on the sport.
“It is going out and living life vicariously through your children,” VanOtterloo said. “At least that is Teddy’s point of view.”
“Or being terrified to watch your children do something when you can’t be on them every second,” Stelmaschuk added.
Numerous theatre companies have performed the play across the country and Dicke said it has been received well.
“It is a really popular play,” Dicke said. “In fact it is on the east coast again this fall. It has been circulating for about the last 10 years.”
She picked the play for Prince Albert because she thought it would appeal to the culture in the city.
“I picked it for Prince Albert because it is such a hockey town and an artistic community as well,” Dicke said. “I wanted a piece that could bring together two amazing things, sport and theatre.”
Both actors were attracted to the role for different reasons. Stelmaschuk said she wanted to try to do a two-person play and VanOtterloo said he relates to the play -- as both a minor hockey player and parent.
Dicke, Stelmaschuk and VanOtterloo all said the characters represent actual parents who are at their children’s hockey games.
“I think a lot of people see themselves at some point in the character and if they don’t see themselves, they see people they know,” Dicke said. “It is very approachable and a play people can identify with. It challenges us too to think about how we interact with our kids and each other around this national obsession of ours.”
Not only is it a play that many people can relate to, Dicke said the Prince Albert production also has another local connection.
“We have real sounds of skating and practice noises,” Dicke said. “All of that was created from our own rinks here in P.A. It is a really neat project and a lot of really talented people are involved in it.”
Dicke hopes the play will be enjoyable for everyone in the city.
“It is not just a couples play, anyone who goes to minor hockey or Raiders games will have a lot of fun with this,” Dicke said.
“Come see a love story in a hockey rink,” VanOtterloo added. “Isn’t that the Canadian dream?”
Tickets are available at the Rawlinson Centre box office for all three nights.
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