“Our 2016 Playbill is about discovering new ways to push the limits of comedy. It’s a Playbill brimming with wit, music, romance and ingenious storytelling. It’s a season that showcases three new Canadian pieces, including two world premieres and a new show by Canada’s biggest playwright, Norm Foster. All five stories will, together, blaze a trail of laughter for our audiences all summer long.”
– Derek Ritschel, Artistic Director
FITZ HAPPENS! May 18-June 4
Musical Comedy by MARK WEATHERLEY
Fitzwilliam is a fun loving British Aristocrat who has fallen on some tough luck. After almost every club in England has barred him from entry, his uncle send him away to one of the colonies. Canada is his destination and despite his protests, the job of Canadian Mountie awaits him in his new small town life. Unfortunately, the town of Dry Gultch is full of bandits and criminals and Fitzwilliam must use his wit and charm to save the tiny prairie town from ruin.
REAL ESTATE June 8-25
Comedy by ALLANA HARKIN
What to do when your client has even less curb appeal than his house? Declutter, simplify, add a touch of ‘feng shui’ and watch the sparks fly! Add a blocked writer, a guy with perfect hair, an ex-wife and an incredibly determined realtor… what could possibly go wrong? The comedy is solid, the characters well drawn and the circumstances? Hilarious!
SOMETHING FISHY June 29-July 16
Comedy/Farce by MARCIA KASH & DOUGLAS E HUGHES
Local hero Raymond Bream is running in the federal election, and has come back to his hometown of Port Walmsley to make a major campaign announcement that just might put him over the top. Meanwhile, the incumbent he’s running against has sent a couple of henchmen to town to prevent Raymond from making that announcement- by any means necessary. The showdown between the two camps and the bumbling henchmen will have you laughing all night long!
PERFECT WEDDING July 20-August 6
Comedy by ROBIN HAWDON
A bridegroom wakes in his bridal suite on his wedding morning, and finds a strange girl in bed beside him. His bride-to-be is about to arrive at any moment. The only way out of the dilemma is to persuade his best man to pretend that the strange girl is his girlfriend. By the time the bride’s parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act, the chaos reaches nuclear proportions!
JONAS & BARRY IN THE HOME August 17-September 3
Comedy by NORM FOSTER
Two retirees search for friendship, love, sex and elusive happiness in an assisted living home. Join Jonas and Barry in a laugh-a-minute journey as they search for clever ways to spice up their lives and the lives of those around them. This hilarious and poignant story will bring tears of joy and compassion, as Jonas and Barry win your hearts.
OH CANADA, WE SING FOR THEE! September 6-10
*SEASON TOPPER Created by LEISA WAY
Join Leisa Way and her sensational guest singers as they take you on a journey across the true north strong and free to hear a cavalcade of Canada’s biggest musical stars! You’ll be surrounded by the music of Michael Buble, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Nylons, The Guess Who, Gordon Lightfoot, Bachman Turner Overdrive and many many more!
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