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Sleeping Beauty

By Vic Hyde

Directed by Michelle Spanik and Kathy Hyde-Nagel
Produced by Michelle Spanik

Based on the classic fairy tale, our children’s pantomime productions are designed for the little ones to experience live theatre in an up close, friendly theatre setting with colourful costumes, sets and lighting. The children usually sit up front on mats while caregivers use the regular chairs.

November 19*, 24-25*-26*, 2017
December 1-2*, 2017

Evening 7:00 PM / *Afternoon matinees 1:30 & 3:30 PM

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2017 Theater Burlington Awards Presentation

June 22, 2017

Producer’s ‘Thank You’ Awards, Gift of BLT
For Outstanding Contribution to the Production
Mending Fences: Producer Chuck Learn thanked John Strobe
Cinderella: Producer Kathy Nagel-Hyde thanked Brian Thorpe
Papers: Producer Michelle Spanik thanked Peggy Churey
Return Engagements: Producer Barb Pollard thanked Eleanor Cook

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The Gin Game

By Donald L. Coburn

Directed by David Mallis
Produced by Michelle Spanik

A dramatic comedy to start the season.

Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two elderly residents at a nursing home for senior citizens, strike up an acquaintance. With no visitors coming to see them the pair talk about their lives, their families and matters of the heart. They start to enjoy each other’s company. Weller offers to teach Fonsia how to play gin rummy, and they begin playing a series of games that Fonsia always wins. Weller’s inability to win a single hand becomes increasingly frustrating to him, while Fonsia becomes increasingly confident.

While playing their games of gin, they engage in lengthy conversations about their families and their lives in the outside world. Gradually, each conversation becomes a battle, much like the ongoing gin game.

“A thoroughly entertaining lesson in the fine art of theatrical finesse. The closest thing the theatre offers to a duel at 10 paces.” — The New York Times

“Powerful and undeniably unforgettable.”

September 15-16, 22-23, 28-29-30, 2017
Curtain 8:00 PM

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I’ll Be Back Before Midnight

By Canadian playwright Peter Colley

Directed by Michael Hannigan
Produced by Barb Pollard

A Hitchcock-styled psychological thriller that is the most successful play ever staged in Canada and the most produced Canadian play abroad (in over 30 countries!). A young couple from Toronto buy an old country farmhouse, and that’s when apparitions start to appear, strange noises are heard, and every moment that draws you to the thrilling finish keeps you on the edge of your seat.

“Wonderfully spooky… Somewhere between an Agatha Christie mystery and a Hitchcock thriller. Peter Colley sends up the haunted house bit with witty dialogue and at the next moment interrupts the audiences laughter with a good, heart thumping scare… a really good ghost story.”
– Toronto Globe and Mail

February 2-3-4*, 9-10-11*, 15-16-17, 2018
Evening curtain 8:00 PM / *Matinee curtain 2:00 PM

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Hilda’s Yard

Another crowd please by Norm Foster

Directed by Maureen Dwyer
Produced by Penny Oliver

A comedic look into the realities of family life.

In this play Norm Foster portrays a couple in their golden age, living in the late 50’s, enjoying life after their children have left home. Their idyllic future plans are cut short as a chain of events brings each one of the children ‘hopping the fence’ into Hilda’s yard and are suddenly back home for unexpected and extended stays. When Gary suddenly appears he is on the run from a couple of thugs for ‘stiffing’ their boss. Then Janey shows up too after leaving her husband. The generation gap between the parents and the children is large and what seems far out to the parents seem quite reasonable to the newer generation and the freedoms that came with this new era. As is often the case, the mother is the glue that holds it all together, as a housewife she learned to think out of the box and though father believes he knows best, she is the one that ties it all together bridging the generations. With Norm Foster’s incredible wit and insight that even when dealing with uncomfortable subjects, we still find a great deal to laugh at.

Shows like this help us realize that we need to take life a little less seriously.

April 13-14, 20-21, 26-27-28, 2018
Curtain 8:00 PM

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Return Engagements

A Comedy by Bernard Slade

Directed by Tom Levely
Produced by Barb Pollard

This ingenious comedy is by the author of Same Time, Next Year, Tribute, Romantic Comedy and Same Time, Another Year. The first act is comprised of three vignettes showing separate couples: a tipsy actress and the bellboy who has bedded her the night before, a gutsy Polish woman who has survived World War II and a carpenter whom she chooses to father her baby, and an acid tonged columnist and his cool psychotherapist wife who are about to split up. In Act II, we learn much to our merriment how they ended up. And, we learn how, ultimately, their stories are all linked together.

“A packed house roared with laughter… the play is laced with great one liners and farcical situations… A ton of laughs.”
 – Door County Advocate

April 14-15, 21-22, 27-28-29, 2017
Curtain 8:00 PM

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Papers

By Allan Stratton

Directed by Tom Mackan
Produced by Michelle Spanik

This comedy is about the lives and loves of the highly learned in the halls of higher education. With wicked wit and finely tuned dialogue this will appeal to your love of theatre.

Here’s a comedy about the lives and loves of the highly learned in the halls of higher education, or as one lecturer describes it, “an endless stream of intellectual toads, known as the academic faculty.” Charles is an accomplished writer beginning his post as Lakeside U. as Writer-In-Residence. He is writing a new novel. Myra is on the Faculty and is writing a book on Charles. Both are in their prime and both are priming. The situation is set, the plot develops and a relationship lurks. Also lurking is Bobbi, a delicious undergrad with aspirations to poetry and to Charles. The wit is wicked, the dialog is finely tuned comedy. Stratton’s play sparkles with a writer’s love of fooling around and he has a clever ending that will tickle your love of theatre.

“Stratton’s love of theatre and of people illuminates his work… Packed with crisply funny lines, Stratton has almost certainly conjured up another hit.”
 – Robert Crew, Toronto Star

February 3-4-5*, 10-11-12*, 16-17-18, 2017
Curtain 8.00 PM / *2:00 PM matinee

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