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Women of Wolfville show to shine spotlight on happiness

Cast members from the Women of Wolfville are practicing hard for their upcoming production.
Cast members from the Women of Wolfville are practicing hard for their upcoming production. - Contributed

This coming week the Women of Wolfville (WOW) are fundraising for the Chrysalis House building project in Kentville.

The WOW collective has been focused on a much sought after feeling - happiness. To do so, the performers looked at the country with the highest happiness quotient, Finland, and the reason women in India had to build a human wall.

The female community theatre group has built its 16th annual collective creation, Project Happiness!, around one important emotion.

Over 30 schoolgirls, university students, working women and grandmothers are participating from among the WOW network of more than 300 women from across the Valley.

Cast members, ranging in age from four to 74, have been preparing for several months for this original collective. It will hit the stage March 29-30.

Director Linda Wheeldon says the presentation will be full of storytelling, song and dance. Leone Stanway and Alisha Christie are leading the singing and choreography. Graham Howes is accompanist.

Project Happiness will be staged at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. There will be three performances. The evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. and the Saturday matinee starts at 2 p.m.

Proceeds from this year’s production will help several charities. In addition to the Chrysalis House build, the production will support young women in the area taking Refresh Annapolis Valley computer courses and the international song-based charity, the Lullaby Project.

Through their annual theatrical adventures, WOW has raised more than $190,000 for charity since its first show, Vagina Monologues, in 2002.

Among the themes that WOW has looked over the last decade and a half are: body image, hope, mothering, food and local history.

Tickets for this year's production are $12 students/seniors and $15 for adults. They will be available at the Box of Delights Bookstore in Wolfville or at the door.

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