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The Last Romance
by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Heather Walt
September 20-24 & September 27-October 1, 2016
On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph, an elderly widower and opera lover, takes a different path on his daily walk – one that unexpectedly leads to a second chance at love. But it’s like opera – “someone loves someone, but it can’t work out, because life always gets in the way”. This tender, romantic comedy explores the relationships between men and women in their golden years and love as an antidote to loneliness.
adapted by Bill Cain
Directed by Alain Chamsi
November 8-12 & 15-19, 2016
2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and we chose to mark it with this play, which features Shakespeare as the main character. Equivocation is a play about telling the truth in difficult times. Indeed, it poses this intriguing question: What if the government commissioned William Shakespeare to write the definitive history of a national crisis, the Gunpowder Plot, in one of his plays?
by Leanna Brodie
Directed by Joy Forbes
February 7-11 & 14-18, 2017
Full of warmth and poignant humour, Schoolhouse evokes a way of life shared by generations of rural Canadians, exploring timeless themes of rejection, of compassion, of damage, of hope. Laugh, cry or rekindle memories of life in a one-room schoolhouse. This is an inspiring play that celebrates the one-room schoolhouse era and is a tribute to all good teachers, but especially those young women who worked so hard to help their students succeed.
The Melville Boys
by Norm Foster
Directed by Steve Truelove
March 28-April 1 & April 4-8, 2017
This classic Canadian comedy by Norm Foster explores sibling rivalry and resentment as well as themes of love, loyalty, and compassion. Two brothers, Owen and Lee Melville, arrive at the family lakeside cabin toting beer and anticipating nothing more strenuous than a relaxing weekend of fishing. However, the arrival of two sisters, Loretta and Mary, throws their plans out of whack. The women spend the night and are the catalysts to a tender, unsentimental, and often hilarious look at what happens when four lives in transition touch common ground.
by Ken Lugwig based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directed by Wendy Wagner
May 16-20 & May 23-27, 2017
Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling tales of pirates and buried treasure is an enduring classic about 14 year old Jim Hawkins who yearns for adventure. Along the way he meets the infamous Long John Silver, who is an intriguing mix of good and evil, and a whole host of legendary buccaneers. Ludwig’s award-winning adaptation embraces both the mythic and the darker aspects of piracy to produce a coming-of-age story with a real heart to it. With thrilling sword fights and cutthroat mutiny on the high seas, Treasure Island is a gripping adventure for the whole family!
And a musical for the holiday season . . .
High School Musical
Based on the Disney Channel Original Movie Peter Barsocchini
Book by David Simpatico
Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by Bryan Louiselle
Directed by Clare Flockton
December 27-30, 2016
It's the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical, led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.
Note: All plays are subject to the performance rights being available.