Sandra Swartz plays Silvia Charles

Sandra Swartz plays Silvia Charles

Grindrod Players open play in new venue

  • Feb. 25, 2011 4:00 p.m.

After 41 years in the Grindrod Elementary School gym, The Grindrod Players have moved to a new venue for their annual production. 

The Players are staging Nana’s Naughty Knickers  in the theatre at A.L. Fortune secondary school in Enderby this weekend.

“We really appreciate all the years the Grindrod school let us use their gym. They were always very accommodating,” said Enderby’s Marg Froess, who has been with the Grindrod Players for 30 years. 

“It’s a big treat to be in the theatre. The (Enderby and District) credit union helped build the theatre as an addition to A.L. Fortune. It has comfortable seating, lights, aisles and 134 seats. And we hope to fit everyone in to see the play.”

It’s also a great venue to showcase the Players’ new production, which is billed as a funny look at the senior set.

Nana’s Naughty Knickers follows Silvia Charles (Sandra Swartz), a senior who has an unusual home-based business. Basically she sews and sells ladies’ lingerie.

She tries to hide it from her family and friends, including her granddaughter, Bridget (Christina Thielman), who comes to spend the summer with her.

“Her landlord would like nothing more than to kick her our of her rent-controlled apartment,” said the play’s director Clint Henry. “Silvia has to deal with a rookie cop, clientele orders, production problems, and a shortage of models for her web-space launch.”

As in the past, proceeds from the play will go towards The Grindrod Players’ grad scholarship fund, as well as other philanthropic ventures the group contributes to.

“The Grindrod Players was originally started by local farmers and their families looking for things to do,” said Froess. “It’s such a great  group. We do it because we love it.”

Shows take place tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) and Sunday at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30). Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students at the door.