Waiting for the Parade By: John Murrell

Directed by: Ewan Fox
Produced by: Mike Butler


Monday July 22nd 6-9 Main Stage Area

Wednesday July 24th 6-9 Main Stage Area

Please join us for Waiting for the Parade, the poignant drama by Canadian playwright John Murrell. This production is a reflective look at war from the point of view of the women left behind. 

In the play five Calgary women respond very differently to civilian life during WWII, providing a portrait of Canadian society in the 40s: Catherine’s husband is overseas, and she copes by working in a canteen and socializing with another man; Margaret has one son overseas and one who joins the communist party, and she believes that both are lost to her; Janet’s husband avoids active service by working for CBC radio, and she compensates by a display of bullying patriotism and volunteer work; Eve, a young school teacher, tries to keep her students from enlisting, and despises the militaristic posturing of her much older husband; Marta a German immigrant, whose father is interned as a spy. All five of them capture unique aspects of what it was like for those left behind that did the important work of ensuring there was a home for the soldiers to return to.

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SHOW DATES (8 Shows Total)

Friday/Saturday Evening Performances: October 25, 26, November 1, 2, 8, 9
Sunday Matinees October 27th and November 3rd


CentreStage values diversity, so casting will start from this position and always be open and neutral. Everyone is welcome and warmly encouraged to attend auditions.

We are seeking to fill the following roles. Actors of all gender identities and ethnicities will be considered for all roles unless otherwise specified. Some actors will be asked to play multiple characters, and therefore alternate dialects will be used.

There is some singing in the play but being a “singer” is not a requirement to audition, but a plus. We are also looking for an actor that can play the piano.  

  • Catherine: Stage age 25-30 A young woman new to the workforce, struggles with the uncertainty of her husband's fate.
  • Margaret: Stage age 40-50 A God-fearing mother is afraid she has lost her boys to war in more ways than one.
  • Janet: Stage age 30-40 Janet, the bossy organizer, obsessed with volunteering for the war effort activities. Plays Piano 
  • Eve: Stage age early 20s-30 A young schoolteacher, is unsettled by those who champion war (including her husband)
  • Marta: Stage age 25-35 A German immigrant, combats prejudice and social isolation.

If you have any questions please email Ewan at

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ewan & Mike 

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