Eatonia Oasis Players return to the stage

Three performances of the comedy Suite Surrender planned for the Eatonia Community Hall from Jan. 25 to 27

Kenneth Brown
of The Crossroads

The Eatonia Oasis Players are preparing for their first production in five years and there are still tickets available for one or two of the group’s performances.

The theatre group is doing three performances at the Eatonia Community Hall from Jan. 25 to 27. The Oasis Players will present their rendition of a play Suite Surrender written by Michael McKeever. It’s their first production since 2013.

A play was chosen for performances in 2014 but then the group’s long-time director Lenore Bailey was diagnosed with cancer. The group cancelled its 2014 production and went on a lengthy hiatus while Bailey fought the illness. The group is moving forward without its longtime director, who lost her battle.

Deanna Callsen, a cast member and first-time director, said she agreed to co-direct the play in 2014 with Bailey, but the play didn’t happen. She has done a lot of acting, but now she’s directing and “it feels really good to be back at it.”

The Saturday performance has sold out, but there were still tickets available as of Jan. 10 for the Thursday and Friday performances, according to Callsen. Contact Delia Massey at 306-967-7778 for ticket information.

For more on this story, please see the March 9 print edition of The Cross Roads.

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