Health providers invite audiences to “Be our guest…”

Be our Guest
From L to R: Fraser Mooney; Shaun Stanwood, Pharmacist; Denine d’Eon-Bourque, RN; Tasha MacKenzie, RN; Sarah Fells, RN; Charlotte Leblanc-Stevens, Recreation Therapist; Jim Chandler, Psychiatrist; Shauna Donaldson, Secretary, Mental Health & Addictions (dinner plate in back); Camille Cram, Physiotherapist; Ginette Comeau, Speech Language Pathologist; Katie Perkins, Speech Language Pathologist; Christine Comeau, Speech Language Pathologist Photo credit: Bernie Corporon

Most physiotherapists don’t care to hear the words break a leg. But Camille Cramm, physiotherapist at Yarmouth Regional Hospital, has been told this a lot lately. 

While she is trained to help patients improve their range of motion, physiotherapist Camille has recently been exercising her own acting and singing range on stage as Belle in Yarmouth’s community theatre hit production of Beauty and the Beast.

Camille said some of her physiotherapy skills come in handy on stage. “Engaging with people in both roles is so important. In my job working with kids is one of my favourite things, which is helpful in a play like Beauty and the Beast,” said Camille.  

With a cast of over 40 actors, and even more volunteers behind the scenes, Camille’s Belle is joined by a dozen Nova Scotia Health Authority staff and local health care providers performing on-stage, playing in the pit orchestra and working backstage.

“Most registered nurses are used to juggling multiple priorities, which is a good talent to have in a big musical production,” said Tasha MacKenzie, RN at Yarmouth Hospital. 

In Beauty and the Beast, Tasha not only performs as one of Gaston’s silly girls (the trio who swoon over the vain villain), she also helped create the dozens of fanciful costumes along with Public Health RN Sarah Fells, who also plays Mrs. Potts the teapot. The play is a true family affair for Tasha, with her daughter also performing, and husband and son working on sets and backstage. 

Beauty and the Beast, is directed by local teacher Mark Palmer, and has played to sold-out audiences at Th’Yarc playhouse in Yarmouth.