CORNER BROOK — Toshon Dawe couldn’t help but laugh when asked if she’d read “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
“Oh, yes I have,” said the Corner Brook woman with emphasis.
On Saturday she’ll be one of about 20 people bringing a little of the erotic romance novel series by E.L. James to the stage at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre in Theatre Newfoundland Labrador’s Sexy and Dangerous.
This year the Valentine’s Day show, the main fundraiser of the year for the theatre company, will revolve around the theme “The Sixties With a Shade of Grey.”
It’s not Dawe’s first time participating in a Sexy and Dangerous show, and she said the experience can be interesting.
“It is very sexy and it can be very dangerous,” she said. “It’s really a great show for people to come out and see and get in the mood for Valentine’s Day.
“To see things so risky and sexy that they don’t normally get to see in Corner Brook, it’s a really sexy night.”
As a performer, she said, it’s a good chance to entertain people and have fun.
“You have to kind of put on your sexy face and you just imagine you’re somebody else,” she said. “It’s all in fun and it’s all part of theatre, and acting, and mystery and entertaining.”
The show will feature musical performances, directed by Allison Crowe and Gary Graham, from the 1960s and a few theatrical surprises based on the novels which will add the dangerous side to the performance.
But it’s not too dangerous, said TNL’s artistic director Jeff Pitcher. Interspersed throughout the music of Frank Sinatra and the Mamas and the Papas are surprises that will reveal some shades of grey.
“It’s to bring a little heat to the cold February in Corner Brook,” said Pitcher. “Maybe light a few sparks.”
That, he said, is really the goal of the show: “To warm up the night.”
Pitcher said coming up with themes for Sexy and Dangerous is the easy part.
“Every era has it’s own icons about what sexuality was,” he said. “It’s fun to create and find the themes and put it all together.”
He laughs when saying that it took a lot of research to put together this year’s show.
He said it’s really the coming together of the community and the people who volunteer for the show like Dawe that make it a success.
Dawe likes that the Sexy and Dangerous event goes to help support TNL projects like the youth theatre and the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.
“I’ve got a great passion for the company. So, it’s really important to me to donate my time to help TNL strive,” said Dawe, who’s taught in the youth program in the past.
Showtime for Sexy and Dangerous is 7 p.m. Besides the theatre performance there’ll be a silent auction with lots of sexy items up for bid including some weekend getaways, a ticket draw on an Our Pleasure Fifty Shades goodie basket, games of chance and a champagne and chocolate reception.
Tickets for the show are available at the centre box office, by calling 637-2580 or online at www.artsandculturecentre.com.