Oct 20, 2014
Remembrance Day is coming up - the 11th day of the 11th month. Originally meant to commemorate the ending of World War I, it has come to stand for the price paid by Canadian soldiers in both World Wars. They paid that price willingly, our brave young men, to purchase a world free from tyranny. Even though the price of freedom has always been high, it was at its highest on Juno beach, in Normandy, on June 6th, 1944.
For a week or two in early November, we all wear a poppy on our lapels, and we remember the sacrifices our soldiers made for us, but fewer and fewer of us lost someone or even know someone who lost someone on that day. Time will dull any blade, and what was once a personal memory that cut deeply quickly becomes shallow platitudes and generic gratitude.
Rather than have the blade grow dull with time and the meaning get lost, immerse yourself in one of the most poignant stories of World War II that is touring Canadian theatres today - give yourself the gift of Jake’s Gift.
October 20th and 21st, Jake’s Gift is playing at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre in Grande Prairie. It is the story of one of our soldiers who survived Normandy, reluctantly returning to the beach that claimed his brother’s life on the 60th Anniversary of the day. Jake’s Gift is an important play because it makes the sacrifice of those young Canadians in France personal again, and helps give our remembrance meaning.
This award-winning play is not to be missed. Not only was it created and written by Julia Mackey, it is also solely performed by her. It is based on her moving experience to Normandy, France for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day in 2004.
For eight years Julia has been performing Jake’s Gift in festivals and theatres throughout Canada as well as the United States and UK. She even recently had the honour and opportunity to perform in Normandy, France for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day!
Jake’s Gift has won rave reviews on small community and big city stages alike. If past performances and awards are any indication, this week’s performances are sure to leave you laughing, crying and heart-warmed all at the same time.
Tickets are $30 and are available at the Revolution Place Box Office: 780-538-0387 or purchase online here.