The community is invited for an upbeat sit down with their doctors and nurses this week, because after all, laughter is the best medicine.
Yes, the health care cast is back on stage Friday night at The Bailey, ready to jab fun at regular practice in The Enema Strikes Back.
After a one-year hiatus, the former Enema Awards promise the return of past favourites like Dr. Kylie, Dr. Stephanie Cameron and two familiar masters of ceremony, as well as plenty of new funny bones in the spotlight.
As the name of the show suggests, ticket holders are guaranteed to feel uncomfortable at one point or another during skits, musical and dance numbers once the curtains rise at 7 p.m.
“It’s an opportunity for the staff at the hospital and some in the community in health care to get together and basically be entertaining and inappropriate,” says Dr. Cameron, who’s practiced in Trail for 20-plus years.
“We have to have people know that if they don’t leave insulted about something then we haven’t done our jobs.”
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Back by applause, Doctor Dave Larocque and registered nurse Shannon Marion are teaming up again to MC the occasion full of pure irreverence.
“It’s a night of making light of stressful occupations,” said Marion. “It’s basically so that folks can see the fun side of us because when we see folks, they are usually in crisis and it’s a serious time.”
Professionals are leaving their scrubs at home and getting into costume to take the public on a humorous journey through unrealistic scenarios that are tagged “May the Farce be with you.”
“I think people like to see the lighter side of medicine, they like to see the humour, because our work can sometimes be depressing and it’s always good to lighten it up,” added Cameron.
“I think patients enjoy seeing us in different roles.”
Such will be the case when Cameron reinvents herself with fancy footwork in musical skit called “Enema Tango,” that is sure to have the audience laughing until their faces hurt.
While it can be difficult at times to schedule projects outside of work, Cameron said the health care community rallies behind this event as a break from their regular jobs.
The “fun-raiser” brings staff and friends of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital together to put on the production for a good cause – any proceeds will be donated to the hospital’s health foundation.
Tickets are $20 and still available at the theatre’s box office.