A mix of hilarity and nostalgia, DCP’s ‘Laugh On’ concludes fun run

A scene from the Laugh-In-inspired 'party dance' during the penultimate performance of 'Laugh On' at Winchester's Old Town Hall last Saturday. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — ‘Variety’ proved a popular draw the last two weekends at Winchester’s Old Town Hall, where the Dundas County Players collected chuckles and guffaws aplenty with their take on a legendary TV variety show.

Inspired by Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In — with a hint of Hee Haw — the local cast of Laugh On reprised many of the tropes and comedic techniques of the original programme.  A mixture of slapstick skits, live music and, of course, highlights like the ‘party’ dance — a groovy gathering of boogying groaner jokesters — it was all steeped in the patterns, motifs and tunes of a nostalgic 60’s and 70’s vibe.

Director Amanda Burger said she was “very happy” with turnout during the show’s run, noting that June is an otherwise “difficult time to get people to sit inside a dark room.”

The Players are now turning their attention to this fall’s production of Marion Bridge as their next major project.

Below, the Players perform one of the show’s musical numbers, I Love My Rubber Chicken.

 The variety-type show also featured the debut of cast member Harmony Koiter’s short parody film and video for her accompanying track of the same title, “Don’t Come to Our Town.”
The ‘rap’ on Sir John A.
Just in time for Canada Day, local actor Michael Bonner (below) amusingly revisits the legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald — as builder of the country’s national railway. The rap on Canada’s first prime minister was part of “Laugh On.”
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