Oasis Players return to the stage

The group cancelled its 2014 production and went on a lengthy hiatus while longtime director Lenore Bailey fought cancer

Kenneth Brown
of The Clarion

The Eatonia Oasis Players are preparing for their first production in five years and there are still tickets available for one or two of the group’s performances.

The theatre group is doing three performances at the Eatonia Community Hall on Jan. 25, 26 and 27. The Oasis Players will present their rendition of a play titled Suite Surrender written by Michael McKeever. It is their first production since 2013.

A play had been chosen for performances in 2014, but then the group’s longtime director Lenore Bailey was diagnosed with cancer. The group cancelled its 2014 production and went on a lengthy hiatus while Bailey fought the illness. The group is moving forward without its long-time director, who lost her battle.

Deanna Callsen, a cast member and first-time director, said she had agreed to co-direct the play in 2014 with Bailey, but the play did not happen. She noted that she has done a lot of acting, but now she is directing and “it feels really good to be back at it.”

For more on this story, please see the Jan. 17 print edition of The Clarion.

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