Putting their ‘heart’ into the show

The Grendel Players, part of the Grendel Group, will be putting on ‘The Story of One Town’s Heart,’ a theatrical production this Saturday evening, Feb. 5, starting at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Students at St. Joseph’s will get a sneak preview of the play on Friday.

The Grendel Players stand up for a cast photo. The group will be putting on “The Story of One Town’s Heart” next Saturday at St. Joseph’s School.

The Grendel Players stand up for a cast photo. The group will be putting on “The Story of One Town’s Heart” next Saturday at St. Joseph’s School.

The Grendel Players, part of the Grendel Group, will be putting on ‘The Story of One Town’s Heart,’ a theatrical production this Saturday evening, Feb. 5, starting at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Students at St. Joseph’s will get a sneak preview of the play on Friday.

The Grendel Group runs several programs to provide work and educational experience for people with developmental intellectual delay. GRENDELlivery, a catering service designed for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, will also be involved in the event, providing appetizers and dessert before and after the play.

The players have been working on the production since September, rehearsing for an hour a week under the direction of Valerie Laub. The play was written by Laub, based on ideas brought up by an art therapy group she ran with Grendel participants last year. The play was then tailored to the actors’ abilities.

“I wanted to make it so that anyone could be in it,” she said.

Although she’s worked in theatre before, the Grendel Group actors have offered her a unique experience.

“They’re so much fun to work with. I just love working with this group,” said Laub.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth under 13, and are available at Mountain Eagle Books and Interior Stationary.

“That includes food, and the play, and a wild and chaotic evening,” said Laub.