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New Truro theatre company bringing Marion Bridge to the stage

Marion Bridge will be the first production by Decoy Theatre. It will be staged at the Marigold Cultural Centre and stars, from left, Sacha Brake as Theresa, Samantha Madore as Agnes and Emma Smit-Geraghty as Louise.
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Marion Bridge will be the first production by Decoy Theatre. It will be staged at the Marigold Cultural Centre and stars, from left, Sacha Brake as Theresa, Samantha Madore as Agnes and Emma Smit-Geraghty as Louise. PORTRAITS BY JOHANNA PHOTO - Contributed

TRURO, N.S.

Samantha Madore felt theatre was calling her back, and she didn’t ignore the call.

She and Jennie Johnson recently formed Decoy Theatre, and the theatre company’s inaugural production, Marion Bridge, will be staged at the Marigold Cultural Centre in March.

“We decided we want to do one or two shows a year, so to make it official we created a theatre company,” said Madore.

“I have a personal attachment to Marion Bridge. When I was at Neptune Theatre school we did Marion Bridge and I loved the story. It’s such a relatable play.”

The play tells the story of three estranged sisters who return to Cape Breton, where their mother is dying.

Three sisters return to Cape Breton. They look at what they wanted to be and what their mother wanted them to be and learn more about why they’ve become the people they are.

Madore is playing Agnes, the eldest sister, an actress who often has a drink in her hand. Sacha Brake has taken on the role of Theresa, the middle sister, who is a nun; and Louise, the youngest sister and a social misfit, is played by Emma Smit-Geraghty.

“Getting to see the family dynamics is great,” said Madore.

Marion Bridge was written by Daniel MacIvor and Decoy Theatre’s production is directed by Jennie Johnson.

Lori Byrne, an interior designer, is using her creative skills to handle set design.

“Every time I’m doing a production I ask myself what I’m doing, then I remember how much I love theatre,” said Madore. “When I took a break, I noticed how much I really missed it.”

She hopes Decoy Theatre will create opportunities for script development and local theatre. It will focus on Canadian-based shows.

Marion Bridge will be staged March 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Ticketpro at https://www.ticketpro.ca/ or at the Marigold Cultural Centre box office.

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