Elora Community Theatre presents ‘Love Letters’ this weekend in Bissell Park

ECT fundraiser stars Centre Wellington mayor and aims to encourage re-opening of cultural events in community

ELORA – Elora Community Theatre (ECT) is hosting an open air production this weekend in Bissell Park featuring Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton alongside Barb Lustgarten Evoy.

They will be presenting Love Letters, a Pulitzer Prize nominated play by A. R. Gurney. 

Officials say the production is intended to encourage the re-opening of cultural events in the community.

It is also a fundraiser effort for ECT, which, like many organizations, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our organization has shown true resilience and creative forward-thinking during the recent COVID crisis,” said Deb Stanson, ECT president and co-director of Love Letters.

“It has been especially difficult for cultural groups to remain current, engaged and still maintain our expenses and costs associated with our volunteer organization.”

Stanson added, “Our board of directors has worked fervently in providing resources and opportunities for our membership and beyond.

“Five virtual productions and readings have taken place since early April and we have recently moved to a new storage facility to eliminate ongoing expenses, while allowing us to preserve our sets, costumes and chattels needed once we are able to perform as a group again.”

Love Letters centres on two characters reliving memories and sharing notes, cards and letters for over 50 years.

Directed by Stanson and David Tanner, with Eileen McLaughlin as stage manager, the show will also feature live music co-ordinated by Teagan Hiller. A snack bar will also be available.

Organizers are ensuring physical distancing measures will be in place and encourage audiences to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Performances take place Aug. 28, 29 and 30 at 8pm.

Tickets are $25 and are available at each performance, by calling 519-787-1981 or online at www.fergusgrandtheatre.ca.

For more information about this production, contact Stanson at debstanson@gmail.com or 519-496-6481.