Role is a classic for new Alberni mother Megan Cathers

Megan Cathers returns to the Portal Players’ stage in The Importance of Being Earnest

Portal Players Dramatic Society will present The Importance of Being Earnest as their entry in the North Island Zone Drama Festival in town in May. The News continues its feature on the actors behind the play with Megan Cathers.

Being on stage gives Megan Cathers the rush that would otherwise be missing from her well-rounded life. Playing other people, and stepping outside of herself are two main reasons she participates so frequently and actively in Portal Players theatre productions.

In May, Cathers will transform into Gwendolen Fairfax, a pinnacle female role in the Oscar Wilde classic, The Importance of Being Earnest. Fairfax, who is basically a foil for society in Victorian Britain, is a contradictory and humourous character.

“I was initially drawn to the script because ever since I became involved in theatre in high school, I have dreamed of acting in a classic play,” Cathers says.

“I couldn’t have really asked for a better script. It is a fun challenge, as an actor, to play characters from a far different time – and, to get to wear elaborate costumes.”

Cathers has been involved with Portal Players for the past four years, dabbling in shows and volunteering behind the scenes several hours per week. While engaged in a show, Cathers easily clocks upwards of nine hours per week at the Capitol Theatre, assuring that perfection ensues.

Her partner, Chris Arthurs, is also an avid theatre participant, which makes the experience even better and easier.

Outside of the theatre, Cathers has her hands and feet very busy at home with a daughter, having given birth to her first child, Zoe, 19 months ago.

“For me, being on stage is one of the most exhilarating experiences one can have safely,” she says.

“But, I cannot deny the excitement and joy of motherhood.”

The Importance of Being Earnest opens May 5 and runs through to May 21 at Port Alberni’s Capitol Theatre on Argyle Street. It is Portal Players’ entry in the North Island Zone Drama Festival that is being held at Capitol Theatre this year.

The Importance of Being Earnest competes in the festival on May 22. For tickets, please call the box office at: (250) 723-1195.

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