The Paper Bag Players have made you laugh, they’ve made you cry, but until now, they haven’t tried to make you shake in your boots before. The local theatre troupe is taking a new direction for their next play, and it’s going darker. Room No. 5. There will be two performances of Bev Clark’s chilling short play at the Land Titles Building on Oct. 25, one at 8:00 p.m. and the other at 10:00 p.m.
Director Teresa Weber is excited about doing something they’ve never done before. Set in a psychiatric ward, it has given the cast and crew and opportunity to really dive deep into the characters, and their own nightmares.
“It’s a nightmare, but with all the characters that are in it, exactly whose nightmare is it? And even at the end, you might be walking out thinking ‘what was that play about?’ There are seven scenes, but there are so many twists in it, but I don’t want to give too much away!”
The cast is made up of veterans with the Paper Bag Players, and includes Pam Milani, Kris Gendall, Mike Thompson, Amber Matechuk and Kelly Kacsmar. Weber said they’ve fit the roles wonderfully, and bring the creepiness a thriller needs.
“Sometimes, the way the lines are being delivered, just gives you a little chill... I can’t imagine, once we get the lights, the music and the fog machine going, it’s going to be a thrill.”
Excited to get the play in front of audiences, Weber said that it’s going to be a great way to get into the Hallowe’en spirit.
Beyond the local performance, the group will be performing the play at the TheatreOne in Kindersley on Nov. 14-16.
The play is not appropriate for young children, with conversations of violence and sexual abuse.