On Saturday July 12, the Juno Beach Centre Association hosted a special showing of Jake’s Gift at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario.
Jake’s Gift is a one-woman show written by Julia Mackey. In the show, D-Day Veteran Jake travels back to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. He tells himself he’s making the trip for his two brothers, but while in Normandy he meets a young French girl named Isabel who makes him realize he’s really there for himself. An unlikely friendship sparks up between Isabel and Jake, and the relationship they develop ends up meaning more to both of them than they ever could have anticipated.
The show was attended by many local residents and tourists, as well as JBCA board members Brigadier-General (ret’d) Ernest Beno and Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Peter Dawe and their families. Many good friends of the Centre were also present, such as Colonel John Selkirk, BGen William Richard and Major-General (Ret’d) Walter Holmes. Special guests were real life D-Day Veterans Riflemen Jack Hadley and Alec Adair.
After the show, Julie made a special presentation to the Juno Beach Centre. A print based on the play, commissioned by the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation, depicts a small French girl comforting a veteran in a war cemetery. It captures the emotion of the play and the importance of inter-generational relations. She also gave special gifts to Jack and Alec.
The show will be performed in Gananoque until July 25 – if you’re in the area, check it out!
*July 18th marks Julia’s 700th performance of Jake’s Gift. Congrats!!
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