Summit Theatre Group’s latest production will take audience-goers on an emotional ride that showcases strength and perseverance during trying times in our lives.
‘Wings’ features a 70-year-old aviator named Emily Stilson (played by Ellie DeShon of Lenexa, Kan.) who has suffered a stroke and is struggling to regain some of the basic functions of her life and livelihood. With the assistance of a young therapist, Emily slowly recreates her memory and surely starts to become a symbol of the strength of the human spirit.
Director Terry Erbe said he pushed for this play to be staged with STG as it deals with some important social and health issues.
“But most importantly, it’s a story about a woman in her 70s, which is a rarity in the theater,” said Erbe, also a theater teacher. “About a woman who is going through something scary and, because we go on the journey with her, we just can't help but to fall in love with her. I think everyone will find something about her that is familiar, something brave and ironic and funny, and perhaps a little heartbreaking. What more can you ask from a night at the theatre.”
Also cast in the production are Petra Allen (Amy) of Leawood, Kan.; Bill Bergman (Mr. Brownstein) of Grandview; David Innis (Billy) of Overland Park, Kan.; Jill Sueltz (nurse) of Raymore; and Larie Nelson (doctor) of Lake Quivira, Kan.
Betsy Sexton and Tom Eagle, both of Lee’s Summit, will serve as the stage director and projectionist.
‘Wings’ runs Oct. 13-14, 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the MCC-Longview’s Cultural Arts Center, 500 SW Longview Road in Lee’s Summit.
A unique addition to the shows will be a “talk back” session that features stroke survivors discussing their experiences during and after as they worked to recover from their strokes. One survivor is also an emergency room nurse who now works with victims of strokes. Both have had remarkable recoveries and their inspiring stories will add another layer to this production. The cast will also join them during the “talk back” sessions that will immediately follow the conclusion of the performance.
Tickets for ‘Wings’ are $15 ($12 for students and seniors and available at either Lee’s Summit HyVee location (East and West) or online.