MOMologues all too real to local women

Amanda Jess, The News
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NEW GLASGOW – It may be a script, but it won’t be hard for Dawn Peters, Colleen Hawley, Tammy Kontuk and Hilary Gibson to act out the part of frazzled mothers.

It’s easy to find inspiration for their acting by simply looking around their rehearsal space. Four Pictou County mothers don’t have to worry about memorizing their lines too much because they have their own experiences to draw on for their performance of MOMologues 2 on May 23. Pictured clockwise starting from front left: Dawn Peters, Tammy Kontuk, Colleen Hawley and Hilary Gibson. 

The four women from the Curtain Call Players, a local theatre group, will mix reality and the writing of Sheila Eppolita, Stefanie Cloutier, Lisa Rafferty and Charlotte Dietz when they act out the MOMologues 2: Back To School.

“Our lives are momologues,” Kontuk joked during a rehearsal.

It’s their second performance of the series from three American playwrights.

The first version of the MOMologues examined pregnancy, the ideas of motherhood before a baby is born, and judgment of other mothers until you’re actually faced with it yourself.

At the time they acted out the first play as a hospital auxiliary fundraiser, the Pictou County women had very young children themselves.

Now as they prepare for the sequel, their children have aged and are in school, allowing the play to mimic their own experiences.

“We’ve thought these things. We’ve gone through them,” Hawley said.

It deals with all of the daily hassles from the politics of children’s birthday parties to the difficulty that is grocery shopping in a comedic and relatable way, they said.

Although the play is about children, it’s strictly for adults, featuring mature themes, humour and strong language.

This is one of more than 20 plays for the Curtain Call Players, a group of 15 to 20 actors that have been performing together for 15 years.

They often do fundraising shows with their latest going towards Pictou County Early Intervention.

The non-profit organization helps children with development delays and those at risk.

Peters recognizes the importance of the program, in part because her nephew, Clayton Peters, uses it.

Clayton was born at 23 weeks with a hand only big enough to grasp the tip of Dawn Peters’ finger.

He had a very small chance of living.

“Now, he’s a normal kid,” Peters said.

The group relies heavily on fundraising, and donations go directly to programming and reduce wait times, Peters said, adding that it can be up to a year’s wait during crucial development times.

MOMologues 2 comes to Pictou County audiences May 23 at North Nova Education Centre.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance.

Organizations: MOMologues 2, North Nova Education Centre

Geographic location: Pictou County

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