New anniversary, new season, new shows, new seats! There’s a lot that’s new at the Playhouse this Season.
The Playhouse has kept its eye on the pulse of what audiences want: top-notch productions of popular and entertaining shows featuring some of the country’s best professional actors, singers, directors and designers.
“We have an unwritten agreement with our audience to give them shows that are well-produced and shows that entertain them, make them laugh, make them tap their toes and sometimes make them think about life itself,” says artistic director, Donnie Bowes, “but always through a comic eye.”
The 30th anniversary season comes hot on the heels of last year’s record attendance of over 43,000. The Playhouse continues to be a significant contributor to the local economy and tourist trade, bringing hundreds of visitors to South Dundas.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2013, UCP recently installed new seats for the comfort of its ever-growing audience. However, Bowes states, “The most important way we’re celebrating this landmark year is by continuing to give our audiences the shows they really want to see. ”
The 2013 season starts April 23 to May 5, with Wichita Lineman, featuring the music of Glen Campbell, a show created by Playhouse favourite Leisa Way and her band. It stars Aaron Solomon, who has wowed Playhouse audiences, along with co-stars Leisa Way and Randall Kempf. Songs range from Bobbie Gentry to The Beach Boys.
The Playhouse’s Summer Comedy Series follows with four brand new shows never before seen on the Playhouse stage.
The hilarious Whose Wives Are They Anyway? runs June 6-30. Buddies John and David, enjoying a golfing weekend, are confronted with a boss who demands to meet their spouses: comic confusion quickly ensues.
Next up, July 4-28, is the mad-cap comedy Murder at the Howard Johnsons. a production filled with thrills, suspense, surprises and a ton of laughs.
The hysterical farce No Sex, Please, We’re British hits the stage August 1-25. A desperate couple sends away for some glassware and instead receives shipments of adult material they frantically try to hide. Naturally all goes hilariously wrong.
The summer series wraps up September 5-29 with the comic and touching production of The Cemetery Club. Audiences will love Ida, Lucille and Doris, three widows who meet once a month to visit their husbands’ graves.
The Playhouse also plans a busy fall featuring the return of Marshall Button’s wonderful creation, Lucien, October 3-6.
Vegas Knights brings Big Band music alive when that spectacular production takes the stage by storm, October 18-23.
The wonderful holiday family classic, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, ends the Playhouse’s 2013 season, featuring a huge and multi-talented cast.
Flex Passes for the summer series are on sale until June 6: regular priced tickets are available all year. For information, tickets and brochures contact the Box Office at 543-3713, 1-877-550-3650 or www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.