So, at long last the weather is improving – getting warmer and sunnier. And we have humming birds and orioles on our feeders at home, and more and more flowers emerging every day. It’s a great time to be alive.
And it’s a great time to go to the theatre, too. Next week, on May 26 there’s a terrific comedian coming to the SFT – Anne Marie Scheffler, in her one woman show Suddenly Mommy. “Have I learned nothing from dating badly?” she asks. “I lose myself to my sons, in the same way I was vampire food for those charismatic, commitment-phobe boyfriends I used to date.”
Anne Marie Scheffler is pretty charismatic herself. Born into a Polish- Catholic family of six, Anne Marie was always larger than life. In all the plays in high school, a cheerleader and school president, she got out of high school and hit her career running when she moved to Toronto. TV series, commercials, independent movies, improv and Second City later, she quickly became known for her hilarious one-woman shows which took her across Canada and the US.
Scheffler’s star was rising when CTV and The Comedy Network gave her a one-hour comedy special based on her live show Not Getting It. She spoke for the women of her generation when she shone the light on being single but having needs. As CTV, the Canadian broadcaster, was preparing to build a TV series around her, she pressed the pause button to have kids.
“When opportunity knocks, I like to open the door a crack and say, “can you give me a minute?” And so she did what any good Canadian girl would do, she politely ran away from success. But a couple of years later Anne Marie struck gold again with Suddenly Mommy. Working with Saturday Night Live vet Rosie Shuster on the script, Anne Marie gives her mommy show a refreshing twist. “If all I’ve done my whole life is lose myself to men, of course I would do that with my babies, too.” As many of her audiences agree, parenting can be overwhelming.
CBC Radio said: “she is a charismatic, sparkling performer”. The Winnipeg Free Press said of this show “Hilariously funny and charming! A comedy about the struggles of attempting to be a super mom and having it all. Who couldn’t love a comedian that takes shots at Supernanny and Celine Dion all at once?”
Tickets for this great show, upstairs in the Eugene Burrell Hall with an open bar and snacks, are only $20, plus applicable taxes and fees.
By the way, have you booked your kid’s place for our summer camps in July and August yet? Don’t wait too long – they fill up quickly. Call the Box Office to book now.
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