MORRISBURG – “Unforgettable characters, an engaging story and hilarious situations” are earmarks of the terrific new comedy opening at Upper Canada Playhouse June 6 and running until June 30.
Where You Are, by Kristen Da Silva, directed by Jesse Collins, will start off the exciting Playhouse season with a production that will surprize, entertain and amuse.
Da Silva, (who has been described by Norm Foster as “one of the brightest new playwrights in all of Canada”), has penned a play that Playhouse artistic director Donnie Bowes says “will have audiences laughing well after the final scene, while making witty and poignant observations about those ups and downs of life that are familiar to us all.”
Where You Are is set on Manitoulin Island and revolves around two retired sisters, Glenda and Suzanne. All they want to do is to enjoy life, selling homemade jam and orchestrating “sightings” of Patrick, the handsome veterinarian who lives nearby.
Then Suzanne’s daughter Beth unexpectedly arrives to visit.
Before long, it is clear that all three women have harboured long-held secrets. And during Beth’s visit, those secrets may bubble to the surface and change lives forever.
Where You Are is a joint production between Upper Canada Playhouse and Orillia Opera House. It is designed and directed by Emmy-nominated actor/director/playwright Jesse Collins, already very familiar to Playhouse audiences for his previous Playhouse hit productions Halfway There, The Ladies Foursome, Plaza Suite and Dean and Jerry: What Might Have Been.
“Where You Are captures the essence of family,” Collins explained. “Through comedy, it reminds us all of how beautifully imperfect relationships can be – and how a little love goes a long, long way.”
Collins has pulled together a powerhouse cast for the first UCP show of the summer season.
Returning to Morrisburg in the role of Glenda is Susan Greenfield. She has appeared in numerous Playhouse productions including Bedtime Stories, Wally’s Café and The Long Weekend.
A noted actress, Greenfield has appeared with several theatres across Canada including Theatre Orangeville, and Cow Patti Theatre.
Joining her in the role of Suzanne, and making her UCP debut, is Debbie Collins.
Her one woman show, The Judy Garland Story, was a major hit. Collins was also assistant director for the Skydome Opening ceremonies, choreographer for the Grey Cup half-time show at Skydome, and was a performer in the Canadian Idol season four finale.
Another newcomer to the Playhouse stage is Kevin Aichelle, who will take on the role of Patrick. Among Aichelle’s many outstanding theatre credits are Mama Mia, The Buddy Holly Story, Mary Poppins and Annie Get Your Gun.
Joining them as Beth, and also making her debut at UCP is Caitlin Driscoll. She has appeared at such theatres as Soulpepper, Lighthouse Theatre and Theare Passe Muraille.
“The Playhouse has a reputation for bringing some of the country’s most talented theatre professionals to Morrisburg,” said Donnie Bowes. “We’re happy to continue doing this with the dynamic company assembled for Where You Are.”
Tickets and information for Where You Are, running at Upper Canada Playhouse from June 6-30, are available by contacting 613-543-3713.