Langley playwright confesses that script inspired by worklife

The drama of working retail forms the basis for a new play.

Her time working in the retail sector has provided Lauren Trotzuk with the material for her new play that opens Dec. 6.

Confessions of a Grocery Clerk is an original work by the D.W. Poppy Secondary grad.

Confessions is loosely based on my experiences working in the service industry, including working in a grocery store, and outlines all of the ups and downs of the job,” she said. “Sometimes there are good days, and sometimes there are bad, but at the end of the day it’s the job you have.”

Trotzuk founded Capricorn Theatre Productions and is staging the musical comedy at the school, 23752, 52nd Ave., Dec. 6 to 11.

She’s fashioned a play around five women who work as store clerks.

“In my experiences, the best things that have come out of the job are the life lessons I have learned and the people I have met. Just like the characters in Confessions, I have met some incredible people through work who, in many ways, have become part of my extended family.”

Emma, the protagonist in the musical, is looking for a place to belong, and she finds it with those she meet through work, the others who take her in and allow her to become part of their family.

The story also follows Karen: a single mom working full time, Avery: a full time student working to pay for university, Gwen: the perky cashier with a dark side, and Bev: the veteran who has been working at ‘The Store’ for almost 30 years.

“It is a musical with 17 original songs written by myself,” Trotzuk said. “We have been rehearsing since October on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. We are all having an incredibly fun time and I am very excited for this production to reach audiences. There are happy moments, sad moments, beautiful moments, and moments when I am crying with laughter.”

Confessions runs at approximately two hour with an intermission.

There is some mature subject matter and very mild language, but the show is appropriate for all audiences. Tickets are $15 at the door or Brown Paper Tickets (2708260). Showtime is 7 p.m., Dec. 6 to 10 with 2 p.m. shows Dec. 10 and 11.

 

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