Lions Club getting ready to roar on stage


It’s New York City, 1939, and detective Harry Monday has a lot of problems. Authorities have condemned his run down building; his bookie, the pawn shop, the IRS and his landlord are all demanding their cash; he’s in the bad books of the NYPD; his bootleg stash could melt your nose hairs.

And, oh yes, there’s the little matter of several dead bodies cluttering up his office.

It can only mean one thing.

The Iroquois-Matilda Lions are into rehearsals for their 2012 production, Monday Always Leads to Murder, which will open at Upper Canada Playhouse on April 26 and run for four performances.

For over 25 years, members of the Iroquois Lions club and their spouses have brought a lot of laughter and a lot of great entertainment to the community through their plays. Staged every other year, the Lions’ productions are greatly anticipated and regarded as one of the highlights of South Dundas year. 

Funds raised by the plays,  have, for two decades, helped the Lions to carry out numerous charitable activities and important services in the community. The Lions International motto is “We serve.” Productions at the Playhouse are one way local Lions can continue to carry out that goal.

Monday Always Leads to Murder, by Pat Cook, follows in the comic traditions set by the Club in previous productions like The Best Laid Plans, You Can’t Take it With You, Arsenic and Old Lace and Dark Deeds at Swan’s Place.

Rick MacKenzie is private eye, Harry Monday, a Sam Spade ‘wannabe’. He is supported by a strong cast (playing some hilariously colourful New York characters) including Glenn and Margaret Swerdfeger, Joan Mann, Barry Fawcett, Bill Rumble, Brian Speer, Jim Mustard, Ruth Robertson and Donna Swank. 

Jim Locke will head up the construction crew at the theatre, building a completely original 1939 set, designed by talented artist John Thompson. Taking over lighting, sound and technical duties for the Lions’ play will be Sean Free, technical director at Upper Canada Playhouse. Wendy Gibb will direct the production.

Tickets and ticket information will soon be available. 

In the meantime, mark your calendars for The Iroquois-Matilda Lions production of Monday Always Leads to Murder, coming April 26-28 to Upper Canada Playhouse. 

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