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Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre

Event date: 1/31/2020 6:00 PM - 2/1/2020 1:00 PM Export event

Event Location: St Patrick High School

Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre

family friendly adaptation of The Odyssey

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  December 16, 2019  (LSN)  This year's production (January 30 – February 1, 2020 in Thunder Bay) will bring you a family friendly adaptation of The Odyssey: A tale of mishaps and noble acts in a time of heroes, gods and mythical creatures,” explained President of the EDCT Board, Lorraine Lortie.

Like every season, the award-winning Director, Aleksa Shermack has adapted the original, epic story by meeting with a small group of seasoned actors last summer to workshop the script. Lead actor, Quinn Stewart, Grade 12 student, explained it like this:

I had a say in helping pick the show this year so I was pushing for The Odyssey. Luckily, Aleksa, who is wonderful, really wanted to do this show, too. But we wanted to do a child-friendly version because, well – children’s theatre – so we re-wrote the script together. We took out some of the darker elements like, if you recall the story, there is an island of cannibals. We made it family-friendly and it is an island of Nonna’s (Grandmothers) with some shall I say, sinister baking recipes! We had a lot of fun trying to figure out ways to make it better for children while keeping to the heart of the story.

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Aleksa Shermack explained the story line: “It is a heroic tale of mishaps, adventure and whimsy, in a time of gods and mythical creatures. It is a funny story that will be enjoyed by all ages. While Odysseus’ wife and son hold on to hopes of his return, the Greek gods both help and hinder his journey. On his travels, Odysseus encounters strange lands and even stranger creatures. Surviving by his wit, he learns to be humble and grows to be worthy of his hero’s title.” The young cast learn about interpreting literature at the same time as they are learning the craft of theatre. Shermack added, “a classic tale like The Odyssey will remain with my cast long after curtain call – I look forward to the day they encounter this story in high school or university. They will understand then the classic story that has withstood the test of time.”

Every year, new children and youth join Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre for many reasons: they saw our show last year, they are looking for a place to express themselves, and they are seeking a theatre education. However, from year to year many cast members return. Sarah Hughes, Grade 10 student, is in her 7th year with EDCT. When asked why she returns, she answered without hesitation, “I come back because of the opportunity to work with Aleksa our Director and to have a voice in the production. Many of us help design our costumes, this year we wrote the play, some of us only want to work backstage – here anything is possible.” She went on, “It is very clear that this is a true children’s theatre organization because we are included, featured and celebrated. It is awesome!” Another cast member, also in his 7th season, is Eric Hofmann. His mom, Deborah Poole-Hofmann shared her views on the program. “When Eric joined 7 years ago, he was so shy – he would not come out of the corner to join in. But it did not take too long and now he is a fan favourite for his physical humour, his confidence and his willingness to take chances on stage.”

New this year, the Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre has moved to St. Patrick’s High School auditorium for their show which will take place January 30 and 31 for schEleanor Drury Children’s Theatre   Lake Superior Newsool matinees and January 31 and February 1, 2020 for public shows. “We added a Saturday matinee for the families after receiving some feedback last year – what could be better than an afternoon sharing the magic and joy of live theatre with the children in your life?” explained Board Member Nicole Seller. She added that we are delighted at the welcome we have received at St. Patrick’s High School – “Their venue is beautiful and historic, it is perfect for us this year!”

As a charitable organization, EDCT relies on the generosity of sponsors, donations and friends to fulfil their mandate each year. “Thank you to our incredible sponsors, many of whom sponsor us year in and year out. We simply could not do it without your generosity and financial support. Thank you!” expressed Board Member Susan Kaszuba. She added, “The Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre Take a Child to Theatre Campaign provides tickets to local community organizations to allow more children to attend our performances and experience the benefits of live theatre.

Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre has produced exemplary children’s theatre education and performance opportunities for Thunder Bay families since 1981. Run by a volunteer board, a committed crew and attracting a cast of 30 children and youth ages 6-18, this charitable organization is the longest standing children’s theatre in Northwestern Ontario. Eleanor Drury Children's Theatre was named in memory of well-loved teacher Eleanor Drury to recognize her long and enthusiastic association with theatre in the community of Thunder Bay.  “EDCT is a not-for-profit organization that encourages young artists to cultivate their creative talents as they build towards an entertaining final performance

Contact us at to contribute.”

Tickets are for sale online at or at two locations in Thunder Bay: Calico Coffee House on Bay Street and DOLCE Coffee House on Kingsway Street. All public show seats are $15.00 each. “For the ticket sales portion the schools can also book online at Eventbrite, or contact us directly at” explained Lorraine Lortie, President.

Look for Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre on Facebook at and contact Catherine Forbes, Producer at for more information. Don’t miss the magic of live theatre this winter and join us at The Odyssey January 30 to February 1, 2020 at St. Patrick’s High School auditorium.

All tickets final no exchanges.

Catherine Forbes, Producer

  • 16 December 2019
  • Author: Robert McKenzie
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