The Rural Arts Project team is at it again! Director, Mark Bye, is turning Gordon Rennie’s centuries-old restored structure in Rockburn to set the World War I drama, Mary’s Wedding. After visiting a lot of barns across the Valley, Bye knew that this was the place he wanted to use to stage this haunting production because of its authentic location, a willing host and the most technically-involved challenge taken on to date.
Mary’s Wedding may also be the most relevant, as the themes of lost love, war and letting go of the past to start a new life are certainly not lost in today’s unsettled world. Recalling its rural setting and timeless themes, Bye shared that that he loved the script when he first read it and thought the community would enjoy it as well. Bye was also keen to being the not-for-profit community arts organization out of its Huntingdon-based Grove Hall.
The barn doors for Mary’s Wedding will open at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th with presentations to follow on September 18th and 19th as well as October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The play will take place inside the barn, located behind Cook’s Store on the grounds of the former Leslie Rennie Museum at the corner of the 1st Concession and the Rennie Sideroad in Rockburn.
For more information, or to secure tickets, contact 514-791-5100. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended.
Thanks to Sarah Rennie for sharing the story and photo.