In late November, third year Mt. A student Amanda Godin auditioned for the Motyer-Fancy Theatre’s production of The Wolves, a play written in 2016 by Sarah DeLappe. The Wolves follows a group of high school girls who play on the same soccer team outside of school, who gather every Saturday morning for their pre-game warmups and talk about “every topic imaginable, from periods to politics.” Amanda was cast as #25 (the girls in the play are identified only by their jersey number), captain of the soccer team and daughter of the team’s former coach.
Last October, Amanda played Phoebe D’Ysquith in the Motyer-Fancy’s production of the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and loved the experience. The Wolves was going to be Amanda’s first non-musical play since graduating from high school, and she was excited to be part of an all-female cast. Unfortunately, the drama department made the difficult decision to postpone The Wolves to the 2022-2023 academic year due to the uptick in Covid-19 cases in recent months. “With Covid being so unpredictable, it was decided that it was best to postpone the production until a later date,” stage manager and second year student Jane Butler explained. Godin, who had also been working on costumes for The Wolves, added that it would have been way too difficult to get the show done by March 9 of this year under the current provincial restrictions. The Drama Department did not want to have to keep pushing the show back because everything surrounding Covid is uncertain.
The good news is that the show will go on, and everyone who was already involved in the show has the opportunity to return to their same roles next year if they will still be in Sackville. Butler is looking forward to returning to work on the play as soon as it is safe to do so. “I was actually in a production of The Wolves in 2019 and found the show amazing in all aspects,” said Butler. “When I heard that there were plans for this production, I was so excited because it’s such an amazing piece of theatre, and it has something for everyone to relate to.”
In a 2017 interview with NPR, playwright Sarah DeLappe said she wrote the play because she wanted to portray the characters “not as daughters, not as girlfriends, not as sexual objects, but as athletes.” Godin also said that director and Crake Drama Fellow Valmai Gogginhad picked this play because she wanted a story about young women who were closer to the age of a university student, not a play about “adults.”.
While it is unfortunate that the play has been postponed, Godin and Butler are both very grateful that the play will still be happening eventually and hope that there will be plenty more theatre productions at Mt. A next year!