Odyssey Productions presents "Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oaks"

Jodi Schellenberg
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Odyssey Productions is putting on their first play in a new venue.

The theatre company will be putting on “Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oaks” from Thursday to Sunday at Wesley United Church in Prince Albert. There will be a dinner theatre option from Thursday to Saturday and a brunch option available Sunday.

Sharyl Lokken, who plays title character Sadie Flynn, said the play is about “a small town that thinks they are not cool and thinks there is not anything going on that is interesting and they are dull.

“When something does come to town that is exciting and novel, they decide maybe that is not what it is cut out to be,” she added. “Every day life is a little more comfortable and where they want to stay.”

The play centres on Sadie Flynn, who is a convicted murderer, director Kim Morrall said.

“She has just gotten out of jail for killing her husband,” Morrall said “She has been in jail for six years.”

“She is looking for a new place to live and comes across as a very sweet individual but there is something going on in the background -- I mean obviously she murdered her husband so there is a dark quality there,” added Lokken.

While on the bus, Sadie talks to a girl who tells her about Tom Shaw, a retired hockey player and womanizer in the town.

“Sadie has a real problem with men who don’t treat women well,” Morrall said. “She comes to Big Oak to basically to kill Tom but she gets distracted by these other men she hears about who haven’t treated women well.”

Arthur Bear plays the womanizing Tom Shaw and said the character isn’t actually as smooth as he likes to think.

“He is more like a big fish in a small pond kind of thing so when finally some out-of-towner comes in with some exotic qualities he flips and starts losing it,” Bear said. “He goes from being Charlie Harper in Two and a Half Men to Ralph Furley from Three’s Company.”

The actors and director think people may enjoy the play for a variety of reasons, the first being the humour.

“It is the dry wit, the combination of characters,” Lokken said. “There’s the playboy wannabe, the sweet and innocent, the jaded gossip -- it’s a perfect example of every small town’s base individuals -- and then there is Sadie.”

“It is basically like small town stereotypes,” Bear added.

The small town feeling is one many people may relate to, they said.

“It reminds me a lot of Corner Gas,” Lokken said. “The whole thing takes place in a coffee shop. I think everybody knows somebody like this and everybody has felt this way at some point that, ‘We live in this small town where nothing ever happens.’ Then something does and they are happy when it goes back to normal.”

The dinner menu is also a great reason to enjoy not just the play, but a delicious meal too.

“It is a lot of fun,” Lokken said. “There is a lot of laughs and it is supposed to be a really good menu so the dinner theatre is definitely the ticket to buy.”

Bear also encourages people who may not have seen a live performance to head out for a night of fun as well.

“People who haven’t seen theatre before, I think it is worth checking out because I think things done live gives a new dimension to the performance and also being an audience member gives a better dimension of performance than going the theatre of watching TV because anything can happen live,” he laughed.

The play is a little different from shows Odyssey has put on in the past, Bear said.

“I think we are going to give them a good show,” Bear said. “We always try to do our best in putting on the best possible performance. I think this is the kind of play that they haven’t seen before in Prince Albert.”

One of the reasons Odyssey picked the play was because it is written by a Canadian playwright.

“We picked this one particularly because it was funny and also it is Canadian,” Morrell said. “It was written by Canadian playwright Norm Foster. We’ve done some of his plays in the past. We like to do Canadian content as often as possible, at least once a year.”

Morrell described the play as being similar to a Chick Flick.

“It is kind of like Thelma and Louise meets Chicago without the music,” Morrell said. “The feminist in me kind of loved the idea that this woman takes a no-holds barred approach to how men treat women and is making sure men treat women well and not accepting anything but the upmost respect for women. She does it in a really terrible or crazy way but you kind of admire her or she has a charm about her.”

Morrell would also like to see people continuing to support the arts in Prince Albert.

“I think anytime there is something like this people should come out and support it so we can keep doing it,” Morrell said. “It is such a value. If you went to this show in bigger centres you would be paying double of what you pay here. You are getting a really great meal and entertainment for hardly anything.”

Tickets are $40 for the meal and a show and for the show only it will be $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the evening shows on Thursday to Saturday, with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. On Sunday doors open at 12:30 p.m. with brunch at 1 p.m. and the show at 2 p.m.

Organizations: Wesley United Church

Geographic location: Prince Albert, Big Oaks, Big Oak Chicago

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