Entertainment

11th annual magic fundraiser for Holy Trinity theatre arts

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Port Dover illusionist Lucas Wilson and his assistant Kelly Defilla, centre, will mount their 11th annual fundraising show for the theatre arts program at Holy Trinity Catholic High School this Friday. Thrilled to have the support are drama department instructors Patti Townsend, at left, and Rita Weiler at right. Contributed photo

Port Dover illusionist Lucas Wilson and his assistant Kelly Defilla, centre, will mount their 11th annual fundraising show for the theatre arts program at Holy Trinity Catholic High School this Friday. Thrilled to have the support are drama department instructors Patti Townsend, at left, and Rita Weiler at right. Contributed photo

SIMCOE - 

Useful items magically appear in the theatre arts department at Holy Trinity Catholic High School thanks to a former student with a long memory.

Port Dover illusionist Lucas Wilson took time from rehearsals last week to speak about his 11th annual fundraising event for his alma mater, which is scheduled for this Friday evening.

Wilson, 27, and his assistant Kelly Defilla affectionately refer to the fundraiser as “The June Show.” The name reminds the pair of the time when they were fresh out of school, new to show business, and had no other events booked on their June calendar.

This Friday’s show begins at 7 p.m. and features 90 straight minutes of amazing illusions and stunts. As always, all proceeds are used to buy props and equipment for the theatre program that gave Wilson his start.

“It’s enough to help them get new things each year, whether it’s lighting, costumes or special effects,” Wilson said. “If you see a show at Holy Trinity, the lights, costumes and special effects are a result of The June Show.”

Today, Wilson and Defilla have enough work that each show doesn’t get a month named after it. Aside from the fundraiser at Holy Trinity, Wilson also has shows booked this month in Waterloo, Sarnia and Waterford. The three shows the pair played at Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover March 13 were sold out.

Those who attend the Holy Trinity show are often treated to something special. This is where Wilson and Defilla test new material. How it is received helps determine whether it becomes part of their routine.

Wilson and Defilla have other ideas for spreading their magic around Norfolk. The pair will take over the stage at the Young Theatre Players in Simcoe July 17-21 for a magic camp.

There will be a class in the morning and a class in the afternoon each day divided by age group. There could be another camp in August depending on demand.

“Magic is theatre and theatre is magic,” Wilson said. “They work really well together.”

For more information on the YTP camp, email youngtheatreplayers@gmail.com .

As for this Friday’s show, tickets are $10 each in advance and are available during business hours at the main office at Holy Trinity in Simcoe. Tickets at the door are $15, depending on availability.

Information on tickets is also available at www.lucaswilson.ca .

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com