Bringing a 'storybook' to the stage

Bringing a 'storybook' to the stage

Frank Matys, Orillia Today

Tex Rex is back.

The singing cowboy with the 10-gallon hat and ever-present guitar returns to the stage as one of a dozen cast members in Able Theatre’s latest production.

The troupe, which includes members of the special needs community, explores storytelling and narrative through improvised scenes based on members’ interests and ideas.

“It is up to them to come up with what happens next,” said S.C. Pinney, one of two facilitators.

The show — the group’s third — runs in the intimate Studio Theatre at the Orillia Opera House Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m.

“Our first show focused more on a variety show kind of approach, and we moved more into atmosphere and story and we are continuing to move in that direction,” Pinney added.

Titled Storybook, the production showcases characters created by the performers.

“Rather than setting strict rules and saying, ‘You have to do this and you have to stand here and you have to say this’, there is more of a freewheeling approach,” Pinney added.

Christian Horizons is sponsoring the production, and audience members are encouraged to pay what they can.

The suggested donation is $10, with proceeds going to the performers.

To learn more about Able Theatre, call 705-325-8272.