Snow Goose Poster

Snow goose project back ground

Several years ago, my friend Marla Benton introduced me to the writings of Paul Gallico. I immediately fell in love with his imaginative use of metaphor. Fast forward to 2017 when I am introduced to a young talented actor, whose voice was truly significant and who lives with physical disabilities. He would show up, do the work and then some. I wanted to reward his many efforts, I was looking for an opportunity to feature him in a lead role when I remembered The Snow Goose. I reread the story, and know this could be a vehicle for him. Though the physical disabilities of the Lead Character Phillip Rayader were different from Erik’s I felt we could find a way to tell the story. I contacted two other youth actors and their families, in January 202 we met as a group to set about on an independent production aimed at performing in schools for Remembrance Day.

Then we were joined by COVID, this did not seem to faze the actors, we continued meeting weekly online through the spring and into the summer, in July we rehearsed on my deck—to social distance. Due to the COVID restrictions, things looked very bleak for us. The school tour or any type of live performance was out of the question. I have watched these three work so hard and show great dedication, I could not let them end with a failure. My husband is a recording engineer, I suggested that at least we could record the story and the music so the actors would have something. Then I remembered Centre Stage Radio plays—and here we are.

There is more to this story. The Snow Goose is a story of an unlikely hero who overcomes social discrimination and his own physical limitations to save many at Dunkirk. It was important to me, to create something relevant for young audiences to feel connected to their history. I also saw an opportunity to teach about inclusion, and the chance to feature an actor living with disabilities in a major role. Sadly, our beloved actor Erik has been in the IWK for three weeks and will not be able to participate. His friend Dustin Chaplik has stepped in to save the show, recording both the radio version nd the streaming. A reminder to me, that there are heroes everywhere.

Cynthia Myers