We're excited to announce our plans for the upcoming year with five shows scheduled between now and Christmas!
Our season begins with Duckish: The Ghost and Fairy Stories of Tom Dawe. This original play is an adaptation by our own Susan Bonnell of the works of local author Tom Dawe and features stories from his books An Old Man's Winter Night and Spirited Away, many of which come from tales told to him by his mother and other relatives from Conception Bay South. Our cast will bring these stories to life at Manuels River March 20-23. One exciting element of the show is that our actors will be performing for the first time in "the round" - which means they will be surrounded on all sides by the audience.
After the success of our first children's show, we have decided to mount another performance just for young families. Fairytale Fun features some of your favourite story time characters along with the usual songs, poems and puppets. This show will be presented at Manuels River in April. Stay tuned for details!
Three more shows round out the season. We are currently looking for a venue to perform the one-woman show Erma Bombeck: At Wits End. The famous humorist and writer comes to life onstage in the new play by Allison and Margaret Engel. Bombeck captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Discover the story behind America’s beloved humorist who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all – the truth. We hope to have details on time and location soon!
In the fall, we hope to be going on the road with a school show. Understanding Wonderland was written by our own Leah McDonald and Peter Halley of Spirit of Newfoundland fame and explores the world of neurodiversity through the eyes of young Alice. This important work will include neurodiverse actors and the opportunity for students to learn more about this important subject.
And it wouldn't be the holidays without our annual radio play! Audiences have come to love our Christmas shows, and this year is sure to be a winner: the fantastically funny A Christmas Story. Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. Stay tuned for details on the show, once again being performed at All Saints Parish Hall in Foxtrap.