Screaming, But Not: A preacher's daughter comes out

Screaming, But Not
Troupe Name: Full Circle Productions
Troupe Origin: London, ON
Playwright: Eric Bernard
Featuring: Cassidy Hicks, Anna Bernard
Warnings: Searching rhetorical questions will be asked
Audience: Everyone who is a parent, and everyone who is (or was) a teen
Drama, with a side of smiles.
Venue: Fanshawe Theatre
Show Length: 45min
Mon., June 10 - 7:30 p.m., Wed., June 12 - 9:30p.m., Sat., June 15 - 9:00 p.m., Sun., June 16 - 3:30 p.m.

Avery is young, head over heels in love, going away to school next September . . . and a lesbian. How is a preacher’s daughter supposed to please everyone during this last year at home, when all she wants is to begin a life of her own?

Having recently come out myself, I was especially looking forward to seeing this show. I love coming out stories. Every LGTB person has their own. Some are more dramatic, and some can be very sad. Avery’s story was not too far from what you would expect for a preacher's daughter – very dramatic.

As much as the story is relatable, there were a few moments that felt awkward. I understand this is theatre and there is a suspension of disbelief, but having Avery's mother also play her girlfriend and gay friend at Bible camp just felt a little off to me. It disengaged me just when I was really into what she was talking about.

There were a few moments too when Avery is telling the story of how she would relate to her sisters that seemed to slow down the momentum and be off pace. That may have just been incidental, but it came at a time during a rather lengthy monologue that made me almost lose what she was trying to say.

Again, this kind of story is very dear to me. It is an important story and our society can always benefit from more understanding on this subject.

This story is going to touch a lot of people.

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Lisa DesGroseilliers is currently stage managing for A Different Drummer at this year's Fringe. Lisa also operates and designs sound for theatre. By day she is a project specialist and technical writer for Citi Cards Canada.