Pookie, Cathy and Katrina

Christ Church Creative Academy will celebrate its 10th year of theatrical productions this Fall. Over that time, hundreds of “stars” have shone in roles big and small, some with prior experience, some experiencing the thrill of live theater for the first time. We introduce you to three women who are enjoying bringing their featured characters to life in the current show, A Wrinkle in Time, which opens this week.

Pookie Fox (Mrs. Whatsit) has dabbled in theater throughout her life. She hales from New York, through Washington DC to Ponte Vedra Beach where she lives with her husband Bob and their cat, Toto. Pookie volunteers with Mickler’s Landing Sea Turtle Patrol and supports every critter that crosses her path. She got connected to Christ Church through working on Godspell, where she made many wonderful friends.

“When I moved to Ponte Vedra, I promised myself that if a local theatre company ever did Godspell, I was going to audition.  That is how I got connected to Christ Church. Through that production I made so many great and wonderful friends in my community. The opportunity to audition for A Wrinkle in Time was the perfect step out of the pandemic; To be around people again, have fun, laugh and make others laugh, and get to living again.”

“The cast of this show are wonderful, fun, loving people.  We are having a great time putting this together. l love playing  Mrs. Whatsit.  She is quirky, energetic, and fun.  I hope the audience will enjoy watching her as much, if not more, than I enjoy being her.”

Cathy Maxwell Finke grew up loving the arts, beginning with choruses and theater productions in high school. During her 35 year career in Pharmaceuticals this love was expressed through attending Broadway productions and singing in elite choirs. The thrill of the theater never left her.

This is Cathy’s third show with Christ Church Creative Academy. Having first met producer Barb Roberts playing tennis, Cathy was recruited to sew MANY tunics for the musical “Children of Eden, and as a chorus member in Beauty and the Beast she stretched her creative muscle as the old enchantress, a bar patron, mob participant and a dancing plate!

“I play Mrs. Who, a librarian who has difficulty ‘verbalizing’ so she communicates via famous quotes. I hope the audience enjoys a delightful night of lighthearted fun. The show is full of whimsy, but if you listen closely, you’ll encounter many positive life messages. Being reunited with Jason Collins and Barb Roberts is a dream come true. To explore your acting abilities with people you trust is the best growth experience.”

Katrina Smith is a school teacher who enjoys coaching cheerleading and dance. Her family worships at Legacy Ministries in Arlington, where they are active in community service. She is the proud mother of 4 children, three of whom are in the show! Katrina’s daughter L’Reiah is cast as Calvin. A 13 year old 8th grade theater major at Fort Caroline Middle School, L’Reiah is a student of AWIT director Jason Collins. Shannon, a freshman at Andrew Jackson High, and M’Ki, a 9 year old 4th grader are in the ensemble, and Katrina plays Mrs. Which, one of three “ethereals” who offer guidance and insight. Originally from Charleston, WV, Katrina has lived in Jacksonville for the last 4 years. She and her kids commute 30 minutes each way for rehearsals, and on Saturdays they treat themselves to afternoons at the beach.

“In this play Meg is really determined to find her dad. I find symbolism in all things – so it may be finding peace, or the ability to breathe, whatever. We, especially women, tend to let things we’re afraid of block us. A Wrinkle in Time shows how you can be so afraid of something, and at the same time want it so badly that it pushes you to move past your fears, use those parts of yourself that you may not have thought were all that great, and in spite of it all you still have to fight for what you want in all things. Fear is not unconquerable.”

Christ Church Creative Academy presents A Wrinkle In Time
August 5, 6, and 7 In the courtyard 

A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her brother Charles and her friend Calvin to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces holding him prisoner.

The production is directed by Jason Collins and written by Morgan Gould, from the book by Madeleine L’Engle. All performances begin at 8 p.m. and are open to the public. Thursday includes opening night premier party, tickets $40. RSVP to Barbiekroberts@gmail.com, pay at the door. Friday and Saturday performances are $20, pay at the door (cash or credit).