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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* (1:30 Sold out), 2017
December 1-2* (1:30 & 3:30 shows Sold out), 2017

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

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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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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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Cinderella

A one act show written for the children

By Vic Hyde

Directed by Sondra Learn
Produced by Kathy Hyde-Nagel

The classic story of Cinderella pantomime style. A great experience for children to be introduced to the theatre in an up close and friendly setting.

Our children’s productions are designed for the little ones to experience live theatre in an up close, friendly theatre setting. Colourful costumes, sets and lighting. The children usually sit up front on mats, while the caregivers use the regular chairs.

One hour long shows for the kids – all tickets $10.00

November 18-19-20, 24 (sold out)-25-26-27, 2016
Saturday & Sunday shows – 1:30 & 3:30 PM matinees
Thursday – evening shows – 7:00 PM
Friday – evening shows – 7:30 PM

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Mending Fences

By Norm Foster
Directed by Graham Clements
Produced by Chuck Learn

Mending Fences portrays human drama that is relevant to anyone who has ever been a parent, a son or a daughter, which includes us all. It tells a story that spans two generations but takes place over a few days. It is a powerful play that uses hockey as the symbol of a powerplay between father and son. Foster’s magic is in his ability to weave pathos with humour without ever confusing the audience about whether it’s time to laugh or cry. An excellent script supported by superb acting makes this a powerful play and a must-see for everyone who appreciates the magic of live theatre.

“Norm Foster is our most-produced playwright for a reason: he’s very, very funny.”
– Montreal Gazette

September 16-17, 23-24, 29-30, October 1, 2016
Curtain 8:00 PM

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Eat Your Heart Out

A wonderfully affecting comedy
By Nick Hall

Directed by Tom Levely

Come and meet Charlie, an out-of-work actor making ends meet as a waiter in New York City. He’ll take you on a trip through his madcap life in the restaurants of the Big Apple. Laugh until the tears roll as he interacts with the crazy and not quite so crazy antics of his customers. He’ll keep you enthralled with his life, a life that is a metaphor for youth and its crises.

“Charlie,” writer Nick Hall tell us, “has two basic weapons to use against life; they are a dazzling smile, and a boyish grin; both are pretty effective, and Charlie knows it.” You’re sure to know it too, because he’ll engage you like an old friend.

“A sharp, stunning play. It’ll make you howl, but better, it might even make you sniffle a bit.” –Fort Lauderdale News

“Tightly written and very entertaining. I recommend it enthusiastically.” The Miami Herald.

April 15-16, 21-22-23.28-29-30, 2016
Curtain 8:00 PM

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Death By Design

A murder mystery with comedy, and a comedy with murder and mystery,
By Rob Urbinati

Directed by Michael Hannigan

We admit it, we love a good murder mystery, and when it comes with wit and laughter, we love it even more.

What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the Intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? After a disastrous opening night of his new play, Edward Bennett and his actress wife Sorel flee London and head to the country house. Various guests arrive and of course a murder happens, setting the scene with a cacophony of characters. The murder, it seems, is less than a mortal emergency and more of a feast for wit and hilarity, especially once the brandy is gone and they’ve moved on to the gin.

Come and enjoy writer Urbinati’s delightful tale of sophisticated skulduggery. You won’t be disappointed.

“ ‘Death by Design’ is definitely a major must-see.” – The Forecaster.

February 5-6-7*, 12-13-14*, 18-19-20 2016
Curtain 8.00 PM / *2:00 PM matinee

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Hansel and Gretel

An original happy adaption…
By Vic Hyde

Directed by Kevin Moore

A one act show written for the children.

Everything’s comedy in this year’s seasonal Children’s play and Panto. Vic Hyde’s adaptation of this famous fairy tale is light-hearted romp in the forest, and the famous lost children, Hansel and Gretel, are a bright and witty brother and sister. There’s the loving mother and father, and there’s a couple of joke-cracking, knock-about woodsmen who try to help. Best of all there’s Fanny Frightface who owns the magic berry bush. She’s called a witch, but she gives real witches a bad name, because she’s just a nasty old lady who won’t let nice children pick berries from her wonderful berry bush and if they do the bush will … oh, oh… we don’t want to spoil the story. We can’t say any more, but be sure that there’ll be great fun and nonsense for everyone! 

November 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2015
November 26 (sold out), 2015
Day time matinee’s. Thurs. & Fri. only evening shows

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