Manitoba Bar Association’s annual collaboration with Royal MTC showcases talented legal community
When Gail Asper stepped onstage in the role of Donna, an aging hippie whose daughter Sophie is determined to identify her real father through the music of ABBA, the audience roared, whistled and cheered. For the next two hours, the respected Winnipeg lawyer, philanthropist and President and Trustee of the Asper Foundation delivered a solid performance, acting, singing and dancing alongside more than 30 other members of Manitoba’s legal community in Mamma Mia!, this year’s Lawyers Play. The annual production took place May 7 to 11 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse and featured a number of sparkling costumes that included bell bottoms and platform boots.
Since the collaboration first began in 1990, the Lawyers Play has raised more than $1,090,000 for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s activities that include introducing school kids to theatre and encouraging new artists and their works through the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. A collaboration between the Manitoba Bar Association and RMTC, each Lawyers Play features a cast made up entirely of MBA members, often practicing law full-time by day and running to rehearsals by night. Each year, a number of law students still completing their studies at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, also take part.