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Cambridge: “Glory” about women’s hockey in Preston runs May 15-June 8 at the Hamilton Family Theatre

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A local legacy comes to life on stage as the new Canadian play GLORY chronicles the impressive rise of Cambridge's Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. Drayton Entertainment is proud to present the Western Canada Theatre production of GLORY on stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge from May 15 to June 8.

This exciting stage production tells the story of two sets of sisters – Hilda & Nellie Ranscombe and Helen & Marm Schmuck – who set out to show the nation that Canada’s favourite pastime isn’t just for men.

Set in the 1930s, the four friends face a number of personal and professional obstacles as they work to make a name for themselves in the world of hockey – a world that seems content to keep them on the bench. The sole candidate to coach them is grumpy rink maintenance man Herb Fach, who says no initially because “Girls don’t play hockey.” Herb eventually comes around, the women figure out how to skate, pass, shoot and defend in a series of comic sequences, and they amazingly win the Ladies Ontario Hockey League championship in their first season. From there it’s one championship after another building an impressive winning streak that is the stuff of legends.

Celebrate this amazing Canadian story about a couple of girls who proved that a woman's place is on home ice. Featuring electrifying swing dance choreography inspired by the jazz age, GLORY captures all the thrills, exhilaration, and tension of a great hockey game while celebrating female empowerment. Go Rivulettes!

The Preston Rivulettes

In 1930, Hilda & Nellie Ranscombe, and Marm & Helen Schmuck, then members of the Preston Rivulettes baseball team, decided that they wanted to find a winter sport to play. With the help of female sports reporter Alexandrine Gibb, they formed Preston's first women's hockey team under the same name. Overcoming societal pressure and financial struggle, the Rivulettes earned an impressive winning streak. Almost 100 years later, their winning average of 95% is still going strong.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Preston Rivulettes.

For tickets phone 1-855-372-9866 or visit www.draytonentertainment.com.

Photo: Helen Schmuck, Hilda Ranscombe, Nellie Ranscombe and Marm Schmuck. Public Domain, 1930s.