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People in Stanley Mission, La Ronge, and Prince Albert will be able to watch a live outdoor theatre performance free of charge this month. 

SUM Theatre has been hosting Theatre in the Park for 12 seasons now, and this will be their third year doing a northern tour. In the past, La Ronge and Prince Albert were the only stops on the tour, but this year, they’ve added Stanley Mission to the list. 

“We started out for the first about nine years mostly in Saskatoon because that was our capacity, and we thought well, if we’re trying to reach communities that typically don’t have access to art, then it’s important for us to go to more rural locations and especially northern locations that maybe don’t get touring theatre productions coming into town very often,” explained the artistic director of SUM Theatre, Mac Dawson. 

This year’s production is an original musical play called The Reel Whirled, which focuses on how to find a balance between the digital world and the real world. The play follows Gladly and her friends MeowMeow and BIM as they set out on a quest to win the attention of her hero, influencer Gigi 5G. 

“I think this kind of story is really helpful for parents or people who don’t have kids that are maybe 30, 40, or 50 years old and are trying to evaluate their own relationship with social media and the internet either for the benefit of the little people in their lives or just for themselves,” said Dawson. 

The event is for all ages, free of charge, and doesn’t require registration. The only thing people interested in watching should bring is a blanket or lawn chair. 

Performances will be on June 17 at the Keethanow School in Stanley Mission, June 18 at the Pre-Cam Community School in La Ronge, June 19 at the Westview Public School, and June 20 at the King George Public School in Prince Albert. 

More information about The Reel Whirled or Theatre in the Park can be found below.