Enchanted April
WARMS THE RON MASLIN PLAYHOUSE STAGE

by Clare Flockton
(note: this appears in local newspapers about March 10, 2006)

Are the chilly winds of winter keeping you indoors this March? Kanata Theatre has a wonderful way to help you forget those cold winter blues. Come to the Ron Maslin playhouse and let the cast and crew of Enchanted April, written by Matthew Barber, whisk you away to the sunshine and romantic setting of Tuscany Italy; where two exhausted London housewives and two oddly-matched female companions revive themselves in ways far beyond their own imaginations.

The four oddly-matched women, played by Larraine Gorman, Tania Carriere, Nedra Johnson Nash and Andrea Fajrajsl, rent a chateau on a  remote Italian island of Tuscany and try to come to terms with their own lives and relationships. Through a sincere form of sisterhood these dissimilar women explore the differences in their personalities while accepting their own marital and personal strife.

This heartfelt story of acceptance is directed by long-time West Carleton resident Beverley Brooks, who has been an active member of Kanata Theatre for over ten years. She has many acting and directing credits to her name.

To bring the authentic feeling of Italy to the stage, the character of Constanza, played by Rosemary Keneford, will be spoken entirely in Italian. By the end of the show, you will be warmed through to the bottom of your heart.

Enchanted April opens March 28th 2006 and runs Tuesday to Saturday through April 8th 2006. Tickets can be purchased from the Kanata Theatre Box Office at the Ron Maslin Playhouse located at 1 Ron Maslin Way, just off Terry Fox Drive. The Box Office opens on March 14th and the hours are Monday to Friday 5pm until 8pm and 10am until noon on Saturdays. Curtain is at 8pm sharp and tickets are $15 each.

Opening night features a complimentary champagne reception. Curtain is at 8 pm sharp. The playhouse is fully accessible with plenty of free parking. Tickets are $15.

Visit the website at kanatatheatre.com for more information. To purchase tickets by phone, call the Kanata Theatre Box Office at 831-4435.

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Kanata Theatre's enchanted April captures magic mood of spring

by Jim Holmes
(note: this appears in local newspapers about March 17, 2006)

Ah, spring. That magic season of hope and renewal.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with Enchanted April, a new play with old roots.

While the play is new and its authorship American, the story is old and very English. Enchanted April was .first a novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim published in the immediate aftermath of the Great War and the world influenza epidemic. The destruction of a million of Britain's male population combined with the survival of late Victorian attitudes produced, paradoxically, a male dominated and repressive, at least for women, society.
It was therefore an act of supreme courage, not to say rebellion, for two women to initiate, without the consent or participation of their husbands, the seemingly simple idea of vacationing in northern Italy, where the wisteria were guaranteed to bloom.

The story of how 'simple acts can bring about change and transform lives has attracted new audiences over the years.

First, the novel was made into a play in the 1920s.

Then in 1995 it was the basis for a much praised film with a cast that included Joan Plowright and Jim Broadfoot. Then came the Matthew Barber play, which captures, as did no earlier version, the poetry of the moment when; as Lottie says in the play, "We had only just planted our futures."

Kanata Theatre's show should appeal to all those "who appreciate wisteria and sunshine."

Enchanted April by Matthew Barber is directed by Beverly Brooks.

It runs in the Ron Maslin Playhouse, 1 Ron Maslin Way, just off Terry Fox Drive at Walter Baker Place, Tuesday through Saturday, March 28 to April 1 and April 4 to 8. Curtain is at 8 p.m. sharp.

The box office number is 831-4435. Tickets are $15. The Box Office opened on March 14th and the hours are Monday to Friday 5pm until 8pm plus 10am until noon on Saturdays; the phone number is 831-4435.  Curtain is at 8pm sharp and tickets are $15 each.

Opening night features a complimentary champagne reception. The playhouse is fully accessible with plenty of free parking.

Visit the website at kanatatheatre.com for more information. To purchase tickets by phone, call the Kanata Theatre Box Office at 831-4435.

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Enchanted cast springs to life
at Ron Maslin Playhouse

by Jim Holmes
(note: this appears in local newspapers about March 24, 2006)

Kanata Theatre's Enchanted April, opening March 28 at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, will benefit from a cast that combines youth and experience.

Eight characters present Matthew Barber's simple message that redemption is within the grasp of everyone willing to surrender to sun, wisteria, and beauty.

Andrea Fajrajsl, appearing as Lady Caroline, has played many leads for Kanata Theatre since first appearing in her teens in Twelfth Night. Her roles have included the huge and demanding ones of Eliza in Pygmalion and Rosalind in As You Like It.

Tania Carriere, who plays Rose, has graced the Kanata Stage with performances in Sinners, Moon Over Buffalo, and Communicating Doors.

Larrain Gorman (Lotty) was in Murder By Misadventure and The Inheritance, but she is perhaps best known as the music director of Jacques Brel is Alive & Well & Living in Paris, Rock and Roll and You'll Get Used to It! The War Show.

Nedra Nash, Mrs. Graves, appeared in Kanata Theatre's first production of Noises Off in 1988. She had important parts in The Madwoman of Chaillot and The War Show, and she has been in many of Kanata Theatre's plays for children.

Rounding out the female cast is Rosemary Keneford, familiar to Kanata audiences as the director of many comedies including the award winning Over the River and Through the Woods and last year's Caught in the Net. The role of Costanza in Enchanted April differs from her most recent performances in You Can't Take it With You, The Cemetery Club and The Curious Savage in that she speaks the entire part in her native Italian.

Playing the pompous Mellersh is Martin Weeden, previously seen in Communicating Doors, An Experiment With an Air Pump and Murder by Misadventure. Tim Mabey makes his first appearance at the playhouse as the dashing Frederick.

Guy Buller, who caused much blood to curdle as the thirsty count in Kanata's production of Death of Dracula and whose performance last year in Ottawa Little Theatre's Maggie's Getting Married earned much critical praise, completes the cast with his portrayal of the artist/landlord Antony Wilding.

Enchanted April is a change for director Bev Brooks who, since her first directing assignment, The Woman in Black, has been associated with plays with ghostly, supernatural or sinister overtones. Her acting roles include Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Jean Brodie. She appeared earlier this season in The Beauty Queen of Leenane and last year in Dancing At Lughnasa.

Enchanted April by Matthew Barber plays at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, 1 Ron Maslin Way, just off Terry Fox Drive at Walter Baker Place, from Tuesday to Saturday, March 28 to April 1 and April 4 to 8. Curtain is at 8 p.m. sharp. The box office number is 831-4435. Tickets are $15. There is more information at the Kanata Theatre website at www.kanatatheatre.com.

Opening night features a complimentary champagne reception. The playhouse is fully accessible with plenty of free parking.

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Enchanted April delights audiences
at Ron Maslin Playhouse

by Clare Flockton
(note: this appears in local newspapers about April 1, 2006)

Enchanted April, written by Mathew Barber and directed by West Carleton's own Beverly Brooks, brings subtle romantic warmth to the Ron Maslin Playhouse.
Audiences are delighted as they are taken from a foggy, rainy and busy London life to the soft charming tranquility of Tuscany in Italy.

The set designers Bill Williams and Cesar Cuervo have outdone themselves staging this play. The Italian castle and background are simply stunning. There were no less than 16 Kanata Theatre members busy constructing and painting the spectacular set. Many hard-worked hours went into bringing a touch of Italy right here to center stage. As you sit in your seats and wait for the lights to dim, think of all the man-hours that made this production possible. The transformation really is impressive.

This captivating play weaves the tapestry of four lives that have come together in the most unusual circumstances. While basking in the warm Italian sunshine, the four female companions each find a part of themselves that had been missing for so very long.

Tickets are selling out quickly for the final week of Enchanted April. To make sure you always have a seat reserved for yourself, think about purchasing a season ticket. It is a wonderful way to see five extremely different plays in one season.

The final run for Enchanted April is April 4 to 8. Tickets can be purchased from the Ron Maslin box office located at 1 Ron Maslin Way, just off Terry Fox Drive. Box-office hours are Monday to Friday 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Curtain is at 8 p.m. sharp and all tickets are sold for $15.

For more information please visit www.kanata-theatre.com or call the box-office directly at 831-4435. Come out and see how a little rest and relaxation can do a world of good.
 

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