If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, there are two more showings of Iron Bridge Theatre Company’s Stretchmarks! I corresponded with director, Drew Baker, and ArtsAltoona’s very own Education Director, Stephenie Schroth, who plays Leda to get the inside scoop. Here is a a teaser of the show:
Stretchmarks is a hilarious, heartfelt play about the journey of a lifetime: motherhood! It is the story of three very different women as they go from being child of a mother to mother of a child. We follow along as we see their deepest challenges and struggles in being new mothers…everything from sleep deprivation, to work-life balance, to coming to grips with their relationships with their own mothers, to expressing that ineffable love a mother feels for their child. All being guided by the wisdom and good humor of Mother Nature. It is a very funny and touching play, written by mommas for mommas! It will have you laughing and crying, and when you get home, you just might call your mother!
Stretchmarks has a lot of humor, but also grapples with serious topics. Drew Baker said, “While the show, Stretchmarks is a comedy, it provides poignant moments that all women, men, and children face growing up. But more importantly, it gives woman a place to laugh at frustrating moments they have faced in life, cry with the moments that have brought them tears and causes them to smile at what they did right.”
Pregnancy is one topic that the audience gets a deeper look into through this production. Stephenie learned a lot in her role as Leda. “Stretchmarks was my first experience playing the role of a pregnant woman. This role has been both challenging and entertaining. I have never been pregnant on stage or in real life. I have always wanted to be a mom, but that has not been God’s plan for my life” she said. Though she hasn’t been a mom in the traditional sense, she drew on her experience as a dog mom to her German Shepherd, Scout, for sixteen years and work she has done with children over the years. “Playing the role of Leda has been so rad! She is a young, hip artsy woman with a cool, dark edge. I enter the stage with groovy shades and a peace sign necklace” she added.
If you are worried about dinner, Drew explains that Iron Bridge has got you covered! “The Iron Bridge is known for great entertainment which is preceded by a fabulous dinner buffet” he said. For this particular show, there are two different Fresh Greens Salads, Crudite (fresh vegetable plate), Meat & Cheese Plate, Olive & Pickle Plate, Tapioca Pudding, Fruit/Jello Fluff, Waldorf Salad, Fruit Salad, Brussel Sprouts and Oranges, Parsley potatoes, Chicken & Rice Soup, Tomato Bisque Soup, Chicken, Mushroom, Kale Stir fry, Shrimp and Spinach Rotini, and Chocolate Lasagna for dessert (which is served at intermission). That menu is quite a mouthful- pun completely intended!
Stretchmarks will be showing two more performances tonight February 17th at 6:30 and tomorrow February 18th at 4pm. For more information, please visit http://www.ironbridgetheatre.com/stretch-marks. For dinner and show times, and a complete price listing, call the Box Office at (814) 505-2551 today!