Wishlow returns to Playhouse in directors role

Kathryn WishlowKathryn Wishlow is returning to the Village Playhouse in Bancroft and she’s bringing her love of people and production with her.

Active in the local theatre scene since the 1970’s, Wishlow returns after a lengthy absence, taken to deal with caregiving and loss but now, as the newly hired director of the Golden Players, she’s looking forward to sharing her wealth of experience as she takes on this new mentorship role.

Thanks to funding from New Horizons for Seniors, Hospice North Hastings and the Bancroft Village Playhouse are launching a theatre project for older adults who are new to theatre. Wishlow has been hired as the director and she’s excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Wishlow says the Golden Players will welcome those who have an interest in theatre. From writing to costume design, from lights and sound to acting – there are opportunities for everyone.

“Newbies are most welcome,” enthuses Wishlow. “This is for people who have an interest – no experience is needed.”

The Golden Players will be working together over the next months to develop a series of short stage plays that will be presented at the Village Playhouse in December. The timeline is tight but Wishlow believes that with smaller, workshopped productions, that it’s an achievable goal.

“In my older age my memory works better in smaller bits,” Wishlow says. “So, we’re doing smaller scale vignettes with no lengthy rehearsals.”

The first step for Wishlow is to connect with those in the community who are interested in working with the Golden Players so on Wednesday, May 23 an information session is being hosted at the Village Playhouse at 7pm.

“This is for golden people so we’re doing this early,” Wishlow laughs.

Anyone with an interest in writing, tech, acting, staging, costume or set design is welcome to drop in to the event. Wishlow will facilitate, answer questions and recruit the new Golden Players.

“I’m very excited about this project,” Wishlow says. “I love the idea of pulling everyone together and seeing where all the talent is.”

Hospice Coordinator Heather Brough is also excited about the project and she can’t wait to see what Bancroft’s newest theatre group will achieve.

“The Playhouse is truly a gem in our community – it’s a magical place,” Brough says. “Having Kathryn return, with her history, her experience and her ability to mentor and direct will mean so much for this project. We can’t wait to see what this group can accomplish.”

Anyone interested in the Golden Players is invited to join Kathryn Wishlow and Heather Brough at the Village Playhouse on May 23 at 7pm for a welcome session and project sign-up.

“Life is short, and we need to have fun,” Wishlow says. “I have a love of theatre and a love of people and I am looking forward to meeting everyone who wants to be involved with the Golden Players.”