An actress who calls Garden City home will be giving voice to Supergirl during a series of monologues being held around the city this week.
Samantha Walters, who was raised in the north Winnipeg neighbourhood and still calls it home, will be performing a monologue, I Am Supergirl, at Portage Place’s centre court on March 7 as part of Sarasvàti Productions’ Cabaret of Monologues. The week-long series will wrap up March 8 at the Manitoba Hydro Place gallery at 360 Portage Ave., during which Walters will give a repeat performance.
The cabaret’s theme is Wild Women and focuses on women who "break the status quo and live off the grid." It’s being held in honour of International Women’s Week 2013.
Walters’ monologue sees her step into the character of the golden-haired Kryptonian cousin of Kal-El, who comes up against a new foe — a personified ‘Voice of Society’ — who tries to impose limitations on her powers.
"He starts taking all these things away from her. She’s saying ‘How come Superman gets these things? How come Batman gets these things?’ She’s playing up the fact that what, just because I’m a woman, I don’t get these things?," Walters explains.
"It’s how she deals with that. She has this big realization that she doesn’t need this thing, she has powers of her own."
Walters has previously taken part in Sarasvàti’s FemFest and it’s recent So You Think You Can Act? fundraiser, which saw local celebrities paired up with local actors to see if they had any acting chops.
Walters found her love of theatre while attending Garden City Collegiate. She took drama as an elective and was bitten by the acting bug, thanks in part to guidance from her teacher, Nan Fewchuk.
Fewchuk is among the performers lined up for this year’s Cabaret, so it will be a reunion for the two during the big final show at Hydro Place.
After high school Walters pursued her education further, earning a B.A. (hons.) in theatre and acting. She became involved with Sarasvàti after its artistic director, Hope McIntyre, approached her after grad.
"I met hope in my first year of university," Walters said.
After graduation last spring, Walters confessed to "freaking out" a bit about what comes next. McIntyre invited her to become an artist-in-residence with Sarasvàti, and she jumped on board.
"It’s been really great," Walters said of the experience.
Walters said she’s open to TV and film work, though the stage is her true passion.
"They say film feeds the kids, and theatre feeds the soul," she laughs.
Walters’ Portage Place performance is free of charge. The final show on March 8, which starts at 8 p.m., has an admission fee of $10.