Professional live theatre will be back in Thompson Feb. 4 when the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC) presents Armstrong’s War by Colleen Murphy during its regional tour, which also includes performances in Snow Lake tonight and Churchill on Jan. 31 as well as Flin Flon on Feb. 6.
Featuring Justin Otto as Corporal Michael Armstrong and Heather Russell as Hailey Armstrong in their Royal MTC debuts, the play is directed by Robb Paterson and will be in the Letkemann Theatre in R.D. Parker Collegiate.
Murphy’s play tells the story of a soldier recuperating in a rehab hospital who is targeted by a 12-year-old Girl Guide who shares his last name and is seeking to earn a Community Service badge by reading to a wounded soldier.
Murphy was recently named to the short list for the Siminovitch Prize, celebrating excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre, and the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award for her newest work, Pig Girl.
The Royal MTC’s regional tour, which includes stops all over Manitoba and in northwestern Ontario, is sponsored by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries as well as MacDon Industries, Manitoba Public Insurance, CIBC and Calm Air, and supported by the Thomas Sill Foundation, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
“Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is proud of its continued partnership with the Royal MTC to bring live professional theatre to communities across Manitoba and northwest Ontario,” said chief community relations and marketing officer Larry Wandowich. “We thank everyone involved in making the 2015 production of Armstrong’s War possible and wish the cast and crew a safe and successful journey.”
For more information on the Thompson performance of Armstrong’s War, contact the city’s recreation, parks and culture department at 204-677-7952.