The Harbourfront Theatre is bringing the “Victoria Project” to Summerside Feb. 9 and 11.
It’s a compilation of four educational events that are being presented in conjunction to the performance of “Victoria” on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m., says Harbourfront executive director Kieran Keller.
“Victoria” is a theatre piece that tells the story of an elderly woman living with advanced Alzheimer’s. This critically-acclaimed production addresses the topics of dementia, aging, and caretaking.
The show’s creator Dulcinea Langfelder will lead two workshops today.
“The first workshop is ‘Movement for Seniors,’ and Andrews of Summerside has welcomed us into their home for it,” says Keller. “The second workshop is ‘Improving Communication: Non-Verbal & Para-Verbal Communication,’ and we are excited to host a group of Island paramedics as they participate in it.”
The other events will occur on the day of the performance. Prior to the show, Hospice P.E.I., the Alzheimer Society of P.E.I. and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of P.E.I. will have booths in the theatre lobby to share educational materials with the audience. Immediately following the performance, there will be a panel discussion featuring Prince Edward Island geriatrician, Dr. Martha Carmichael, and the CEO of the Alzheimer Society of P.E.I., Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw.
“Both Dulcinea and we at Harbourfront want ‘Victoria’ to be an enriching and educational experience for all who attend, and so we’re thrilled to welcome these experts in the field of dementia to our stage,” says Keller.
“This is such a unique opportunity for us as a theatre to interact with those in the healthcare sector here on P.E.I. and also for us to spark dialogues about meaningful subjects like dementia and caretaking in our community.”
For more information about Sunday’s performance of Victoria, visit harbourfronttheatre.com or call Harbourfront’s Box Office at 902-888-2500.