Meet the Cast of Jennie’s Story – Syrell Wilson is Edna

IMAG0337_edited_edited (1)What is your role in this production?  I play Edna, who is Jennie’s mother. It has been interesting putting myself in the shoes of a 1930’s Southern Alberta farmer’s wife who has had a life full of challenges and made some difficult decisions. It has been a lot of fun trying to make the language of the play sound natural coming out of my mouth.

What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale? I have a BA in Drama from Humboldt State University in Northern California. My first job was touring with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. After that, my life took a different direction and I left theatre for about 20 years. In 1999, I came back to the stage in my first role at Walterdale playing Dora Strang in Equus. Highlights over the years have been Germaine in Les Belles Soeurs, the title role in The Mail Order Bride and Albertine at 60 in Albertine in 5 Times.

Tell us about the Walterdale experience… Walterdale has a special place in my heart. I was able to come back to theatre after a lengthy absence and find a group of people that supported me. I love the opportunities it provides in all areas of theatre. I was happy to be on the board as Treasurer from 2002-2004.

Why should people come see Jennie’s Story? Jennie’s Story is a moving play that shines a light on the Alberta eugenics program. The fallout from this dark piece of history is still in the news today. This story of one family’s tragedy helps the audience understand the ramifications of this legislation.

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