play-5Golly Gee Whiz! opens Wednesday,Feb.4th, as part of White Pines Onstage. The cast and crew opened the doors and invited saultonline.com to get a sneak peak at Monday nights’ dress rehearsal. Golly Gee Whiz cast and crew, along with teacher,director, Erica Strom were fine-tuning a run that will see them performing this ‘play-within-a-play’, 6 times.

The backdrop for Golly Gee whiz! is a story centered around the residents of Happyville, USA., living in the time of The Great Depression. (1930’s&1940’s)

Usually loaded with a ‘golly-gee-whiz’ optimism, ready to make the world a better place, Happyville becomes a place where grumpiness and boredom set in, amidst the events of The Great Depression

The premise of Golly Gee Whiz! is a story where citizens of the town of Happyville,USA come together for a common cause. By pitching in together, they can do something good for the town and raise some money to help out local businesses! By working together, they put on such a great show that folks come from miles around to see it, and re-establish Happyville as the bustling town that it once was. Citizen mobilization for good strikes again. “Golly is essentially a play-within- a play”. shared Erica Strom”. “This cast and crew of 30 students includes grades 7 through to 12”. Erica Strom, musical theatre/drama and English teacher at White Pines Highschool shared “Elementary schools from within the Algoma District School Board will be attending for daytime shows on Wednesday,Thursday and Friday (Feb.4th-6th).” adding “Golly is open to the public for evening performances Thursday,Friday & Sat.(Feb.5th-7th). “Curtains go up at 7:00 pm for evening shows.” Erica shared “There are even three local long-term care residences that are planning on attending for evening shows.”

GollyGeeWhiz! is the 2011 National Youth Theatre (NYT) Award winner. NYT is a non-profit theater and drama arts organization in the United Kingdom.

Take this opportunity to support young people in our own community…. you just might get inspired to break into a ‘happyville’ song & dance.

Tickets are $5.00/seniors & students. $10.00/adults.