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Doctors ditch scrubs for tights in annual variety show performance
Greater Trail residents are invited to visit their health care providers without symptoms or a wait time this Saturday when the revived Enema Awards Ceremony hits the Charles Bailey Theatre.
As the name of the show might suggest, ticket holders are guaranteed to feel uncomfortable at one point or another during skits, musical and dance performances that jab fun at regular practice.
“It's an opportunity for the staff at the hospital and some in the community in health care to get together and basically be entertaining and inappropriate,” said Dr. Stephanie Cameron, who's practiced in Trail for 20 years.
“We have to have people know that if they don't leave insulted about something then we haven't done our jobs.”
The popular variety show, not suitable for children, came back last year after it ended its six-year run in 2005.
Back by applause, Doctor Dave Laroque and registered nurse Shannon Marion are teaming up again to MC the occasion full of pure irreverence.
“It's a night of making light of stressful occupations,” said Marion. “It's basically so that folks can see the fun side of us because when we see folks, they are usually in crisis and it's a serious time.”
Professionals are leaving their scrubs at home and getting into costume to take the public on a hilarious journey through unrealistic scenarios that are tagged to contain “no taste, less filling.”
“I think people like to see the lighter side of medicine, they like to see the humour, because our work can sometimes be depressing and it's always good to lighten it up,” added Cameron.
“I think patients enjoy seeing us in different roles.”
Such will be the case Saturday when Cameron reinvents herself as Wonder Woman in a superhero surgery skit that is sure to have the audience laughing so hard their faces hurt.
While it can be difficult at times to schedule projects outside of work, Cameron said the health care community rallies behind this event as a break from their regular jobs.
The “fun-raiser” brings staff and friends of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital together to put on the production that just looks to break even and cover associated costs like theatre and sound rentals.
“It's a push for sure but it's so much fun that we just make it work,” she said.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Charles Bailey Theatre. Tickets are $18 and on sale at the theatre's box office.