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Performing Arts: Suddenly Mommy explores having a career while raising children

By: Tammy Rollie

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 02:23 pm

The one-woman comedy Suddenly Mommy, performed by Anne Marie Scheffler, takes place at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre from May 1 to 3 at 8 p.m.
The one-woman comedy Suddenly Mommy, performed by Anne Marie Scheffler, takes place at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre from May 1 to 3 at 8 p.m.
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Juggling between being a mom and working a career isn’t easy, but it’s particularly humourous when told from the perspective of an Ontario actress.

Toronto actor, writer, comedian and mom Anne Marie Scheffler is taking the stage as 12 characters in her 85-minute one-woman comedic play Suddenly Mommy!, which touches on the balancing act between motherhood and career based on her own life experiences. The production goes on stage at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre from May 1 to 3 at 8 p.m.

“People are happy that I’m saying what they’re thinking, particularly moms,” said Scheffler. “People have said, men and women alike, ‘I laughed so hard it made me cry.’”

The idea for the play struck Scheffler six years ago after she took time from her career as an actress to start a family.

“I was pushing the double stroller to a mommy, baby drop in and laughing at myself for thinking I could ever have my life again,” she said. “My children have taken over my life completely. You don’t resent that because you are so in love with these babies.”

Scheffler said she couldn’t help but wonder if she could be a successful career woman while also being a mom.

“I thought, now that I’m a mom with little kids why can’t I put both my career and family life together?” she said.

Scheffler gave it a shot and set to work writing the play, but the experience didn’t come without its challenges.

Some of the play’s first reviews had critics questioning how it was different from other performances about being a mom.

“I made sure there was a twist on my show,” she said. “What I’m trying to say is that motherhood is changing and it’s not you’re a mother now you are not allowed to have the same goals you had before you had kids. It could very well be being successful is how to be a better mother.”

Suddenly Mommy! soon graced stages across North America, making it the seventh of Scheffler’s series of one-woman comedic plays she wrote since 1994 based on her life experiences. Her play Not Getting It was made into a one-hour comedy special for CTV and The Comedy Network.

Since Scheffler attended theatre school in Toronto, she worked in film and television and has a long list of credits including She’s So Funny, Adventures in Comedy and is a regular cast member of Real Men.

She was heavily involved in acting in her 30s when she started thinking about starting a family.

Having come from a Polish Catholic family, Scheffler watched as family members got married and had children in their 20s while she continued celebrating career success into her 30s.

“I started wondering when it was going to happen for me,” she said.

After getting married and having children, Scheffler said she is glad to have it all - be both a mom and career woman. She is in the process of developing a television series based on her live comedy.

Those interested in watching Scheffler’s play are in for a real treat. In addition to showing on May 1 and 3, the Town of Okotoks is hosting a ladies night out for an evening of pampering on May 2 that will include a viewing of Suddenly Mommy!, wine glass painting, jewelry making, tarot card readings, snacks and beverages, door prizes and pampering by the Cactus Club Salon & Spa in Okotoks.

Cactus Club manager Sara Noyes said the ladies will be treated to massages in a massage chair, make-up, nail painting and hair styling.

Tickets to attend the ladies night out event cost $20 and can be purchased by calling 403-938-3204.

Tickets to watch the play Suddenly Mommy on May 1 and 3 cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling 403-938-3204.


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