Audience gets in on the joke

When the audience first sees Norma Bowen in Harvest, it’s in her main persona as the wife of the couple who is renting out the family farm to a young man.

And, the next time, Bowen is playing a male European immigrant neighbour “which couldn’t be more extreme, so it’s quite obvious what’s going on,” she said of the dozen characters she and actor Brian Linds will portray during the 90-minute play.

And, once she knows “the audience is on board, it gives me a freedom to play the parts, knowing that they are in on the joke.

“We can all have some fun with it.”

The first time Bowen played Charlotte was in January, at the Chemanius Festival Theatre, her acting home.

Bowen said the play is sweet and funny and she loves the idea of “these two people playing all the roles, telling the story.

“Although it feels vulnerable sometimes up there, just the two of us.”

This isn’t the first time Bowen’s worked with Western Canada Theatre; she designed the costumes for The Price in 1984 and The Miracle Worker in 2010 and acted in The Foreigner in 1986 and in Midnight Madness in 1990.

Bowen attributes her attraction to acting and costume design a bit to the fact she was adopted and found herself “socially awkward so playing characters was easier.”

Brian Linds, who plays Bowen’s husband, Alan, has been more involved with WCT in the past in The Man Who Shot Chance Delaney, Roger Maris On Stage, Witness For The Prosecution, You’ll Get Used To It, Heat Wave, A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hostage, Crimes of the Heart, Beauty and the Beast and Timestep.

He did sound design for No Exit and The Miracle Worker.

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