MORRISBURG — It’s always an exciting time for Playhouse audiences when a new Norm Foster comedy takes centre stage. Famous for setting his comedies in small towns and about everyday ordinary people, Foster looks to the South Shore of Nova Scotia for LUNENBURG, his latest sure-fire hit, running August 1-25. Hailed by critics and audiences as ‘a laugh-filled, poignant East Coast road trip’ (Orillia Matters) and ‘a comedy that envelopes you in its warmth’ (Stage Door), LUNENBURG had its premiere production in 2017 at St. Catharine’s Foster Festival and has gone on to be produced at theatres across the country. Upper Canada Playhouse is delighted to mount its own production of this hit show with a power-house cast and design team.
LUNENBURG is filled with all the components that make an entertaining, smart and memorable experience for audiences. It’s brimming with story, mystery, romance, intrigue and that ever-popular, tried and true genius of Foster’s comic touch that has made him Canada’s most popular and most-produced playwright. Foster’s plays always leave audiences laughing long after the final curtain while at the same time giving them lots to relate to and think about.
The play centres around Iris Oulette and her friend Natalie Whitaker who travel from Maine to the Maritime village of Lunenburg to look at a property Iris has inherited from her recently deceased husband. They’re greeted by the property’s informative and engaging next-door neighbour, Charlie Butler, who reveals a series of surprises and secrets that the ladies were unprepared to discover. As Iris learns more about her new property and her late husband, Natalie discovers a good deal about the charming man next door. Twists and turns abound as everyone’s lives change in this highly entertaining comedy.
LUNENBURG’S cast features some of The Playhouse’s most popular actors. Iris is played by local actress Kathleen Egan Veinotte, who has appeared in such Playhouse productions as The Affections of May, Steel Magnolias and Having Hope at Home to name a few. Debra Hale, last seen in Foster’s hit comedy Halfway There, is Natalie. Hale played the same role in Orillia Opera House’s production of LUNENBURG and enjoys recreating the role a new cast for The Playhouse production. Hale has also appeared in countless Playhouse productions including A Bedfull of Foreigners and There’s A Burglar in My Bed. Jamie Williams returns to The Playhouse as neighbour Charlie Butler, and is familiar to audiences for starring in such shows as Run For Your Wife, A Nice Family Gathering and countless Ray Cooney farces. Williams has just completed a run of The Writer, another new Foster comedy at the Foster Festival. LUNENBURG is directed by Donnie Bowes with set design by John Thompson and lighting design by Sean Free.
LUNENBURG runs August 1-25
Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat at 2 p.m. & Thu, Fri, Sat at 8 p.m.
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