originally published January 2008

With more then 200 productions around the world, Salt Water Moon is one of the hallmark theatrical contributions from Newfoundland and Labrador.  Our Gone with the Wind of sorts, the Globe and Mail described it as “an old-fashioned love song that is as affecting, funny and as evocative as a dream.”  It tells the story of Mary who is a teenager with “steel in her heart,” but when her ex Jacob returns from Toronto he decides to try and win her back, except she’s engaged to a school teacher.  The story unfolds in Coley’s Point back in 1926 during the month of August and the production will feature a fully custom built set.  With the production running right through Valentine’s Day, this story of rediscovering love might be best offered up and shared with that special someone.  Current caught up with the production’s producer from Theatre St. John’s, Keith Pike for more details on what you can expect!

Can you tell me about Theatre St. John’s?
The idea for Theatre St. John’s was born at a fundraising gala in October of 2007. The gala showcased some of the finest actors and singers in the province. This diverse talent within Newfoundland inspired the creation of TSJ.

We are committed to growth and development, following our mandate.  Our goals are to produce professional-calibre theatre; to produce and workshop new pieces from within the province and Canada; and to nurture the talents of up-and-coming actors and directors from across the province and across the nation.

With the young people of Newfoundland and Labrador in mind, we will also enact an educational initiative. Our casts and personnel will work one-on-one with high school students in and around St. John’s to foster the development of their talent.

Why this ‘classic’ script?
Salt Water Moon is play known internationally, one of Newfoundland’s greatest hits. I thought it was a good time for it to be produced in St. John’s.

Is there anything in the script that attracted you to produce it, personally?
When I studied theatre at Sheridan College I did a scene study of the play and immediately fell in love with the characters and their story. Jacob and Mary are funny, smart, bashful and endearing. Who wouldn’t fall in love with them!?

How did you and Petrina come together for this production?
Petrina and I worked on a show this time last year with the company. It was then that I approached her about directing the show. A year went by and many chat’s later, here we are! I’m thrilled to have her on board!

What can people expect from the show?
People can expect a beautiful play – Colin (Jacob) and Willow (Mary) are perfect for their roles. They bring so much to the table and to their characters – they are truly 2 of Newfoundland’s finest.

Who created the lighting design?
Brian Bishop is our lighting designer, it’s my first time working with him. I’ve seen his work with c2c – I’m a big fan.

What was the casting process like?
We held auditions last June, however Willow and Colin were out of town for them. Petrina had worked with Colin and Willow prior to Salt Water Moon and thought they would be perfect for the roles and Petrina was right!

How can people check out the production?
Salt Water Moon will run from February 11th – 15th with a curtain time of 8pm at the Majestic Theatre. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Holy Heart Box office or by calling 579-4424.

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