Blithe Spirit Out to Prove There Are Laughs after Death


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by L. Lorraine Payette, written June 23, 2016

(Gananoque, ON)

Poor Charles (Stephen Gartner).  Writers have troubles at the best of times, and getting good research is only one of many.  He was sure he had it all worked out – he would hold a simple séance at his home with local clairvoyant and medium, Madame Arcati (Anita Wittenberg), and not only would he, his wife Ruth (Krista Colosimo) and his friends, Doctor Bradman (Christopher Weddell) and Mrs. Bradman (Janet Michael), participate in some good clean fun, but there should be more than enough material.  His maid, Edith (Kelsey Gilker) would handle dinner and arrangements, and things would be perfect.  And so they were, until his deceased wife Elvira (Shannon Currie) decided to liven up the evening with a few antics of her own…

Welcome to Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”, a spooky little comedy bent on keeping the eternal triangle exactly that – eternal.

“Noël Coward is famous for his scintillating dialogue, and Blithe Spirit doesn’t disappoint,” says artistic director Ashlie Corcoran of the show’s playwright. “This is my favourite play by Coward because of the element of the supernatural.  It takes aim at both society’s interest in and mockery of the world of the occult.  This play transcends satire and manages to both amuse and scare
audiences.  The show provides exceptional roles for women, and I am excited by all the opportunities to create design and stage magic!”

Several of the cast will be familiar to Playhouse attendees.  Returning are Krista Colosimo (Don’t Dress for Dinner, Boeing Boeing), Shannon Currie (Dear Johnny Deere, Waiting for the Parade), Janet Michael (Waiting for the Parade), and Anita Wittenberg (Waiting for the Parade, Boeing Boeing).  Fresh faces come in with debut performances from Stephen Gartner, Kelsey Gilker, and Christopher Weddell.

One of the season’s three co-productions with Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, the play promises to be a lot of fun while it brings that old black magic to life.  Set and costume design is by Dana Osborne and beautifully recreates the ‘30s.  Stage Manager Isabelle Ly provides special effects, which are full of ghostly fun.  The entire support crew has worked to put together an experience that will leave you chuckling and amazed.

“Blithe Spirit” runs from June 17 – July 16, 2016, at the Springer Theatre, 185 South Street in Gananoque, Ontario.  Running time for the play is 2 hours including intermission.  Show times are Tuesday 7:30, Wednesday through Saturday 8:00 pm, with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm (starting the Sunday after opening night).  Student matinee is May 26 at 11:00 a.m. and is presented by the TD Bank Group.  Tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors age 65+, <30 Club $20.  HST is applicable to all ticket prices.  For more information, please go to or contact the box office at 613-382-7020.



2016 Season at the Thousand Islands Playhouse Destined to Fill Summer with Magic

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A handful of the faces both new and familiar who will be gracing the stages at the Thousand Islands Playhouse this season.

By Lorraine Payette, Written May 10, 2016

(Gananoque, ON)  After a winter of roller coaster weather, it’s hard to wait for the start of what could be the hottest and coolest season yet at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.

“Our 2016 season is right around the corner, and I’m so excited to be welcoming our incredible creative teams and cast members from across Canada,” said Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director.  Continue reading

MPP Clark Provides Book of Condolence for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

Book of Condolence for Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Book of Condolence for Corporal Nathan Cirillo

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville written October 24, 2-14

( BROCKVILLE ) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark has set up a Book of Condolence for Corporal Nathan Cirillo at his constituency office, Suite 101, 100 Strowger Boulevard in Brockville.

Cpl. Cirillo, a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment based in Hamilton , was gunned down Wednesday while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Parliament Hill.

Clark said he wanted to give residents of Leeds-Grenville an opportunity to pay their respects to Cpl. Cirillo and honour the bravery of the young father, who leaves behind a six-year-old son. Continue reading

Kemptville College Announcement a Welcome First Step: Clark

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville – written April 22, 2014

(KEMPTVILLE) – An essential first step, but there is much more work to do.

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark used those words in responding to today’s announcement that the provincial government is providing $2 million to ensure an intake of students at Kemptville College this fall for the 2014-15 academic year.

“Since the closure was announced on March 12, my message to the Premier and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities was that we needed that new group of students coming in this September – we couldn’t allow the lights to go out,” said Clark, who thanked Minister Duguid for working with him and the community to make that happen. – to read more>

Clark Calls for End to MPAC Attacks on Local Food Producers

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville, written November 28, 2013

Stop Treating Local Food Like Cash Cow, MPP Tells Finance Minister

(QUEEN’S PARK) – MPP Steve Clark stood up today for local food producers in Leeds-Grenville whose entrepreneurial efforts are being plowed under by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).

During Question Period this morning, Clark called on Finance Minister Charles Sousa to take action immediately to end MPAC’s practice of slapping local food producers with punitive industrial and commercial property tax designations. – to read more>

MPP Clark Hosts Annual Christmas Reception on December 8

Clark invites all to be his guest

Clark invites all to be his guest

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville, written November 26, 2013

(BROCKVILLE) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is inviting residents from the riding to take a break during this busy time of year and join him at his annual Community Christmas Reception.

This year’s event is being held on Sunday, December 8 from 3-5 p.m. at the Quality Hotel Royal Brock, 100 Stewart Boulevard in Brockville. – to read more>

Clark Stands Up Again for North Grenville Residential Hospice

Beth Donovan Project ‘Ready to Move Forward,’ MPP Tells Minister

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville, written November 21, 2013

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews has committed to personally looking into a proposal by North Grenville’s Beth Donovan Hospice for funding to create a long-awaited residential hospice in the community.

The minister’s commitment came during questioning by Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark at a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Estimates at Queen’s Park. – to read more>

Clark Wears Green To Show Support For 4-H’s 100th Anniversary

PC Caucus wears Green for 100th Anniversary of 4-H

PC Caucus wears Green for 100th Anniversary of 4-H

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville, written November 6, 2013

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark was proud today to join members of the Ontario PC Caucus in wearing green at the Ontario Legislative Assembly to show his support for 4H Canada ’s 100th anniversary.

“I know how hard 4H volunteers here in Leeds-Grenville work to cultivate programs that give young people the skills they need to be successful in life – whether they pursue a career in agriculture or any other field,” said Clark. “4H has done so much over the past century to promote the values of rural communities and I’m proud in their centenary year to show my strong support for everyone involved.” – to read more>

Call In a Judge To Hold Liberal Gov’t Accountable: Clark

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark

Leeds-Grenville MPP Says Only Threat Of Jail Door Slamming Can Uncover the Truth Behind $1.1 Billion Gas Plants Boondoggle

(QUEEN’S PARK) – It’s time to force the Liberal government to face the threat of jail time in order to finally get to the bottom of the billion-dollar gas plants scandal, says Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark.

“The Auditor-General has confirmed PC MPPs like me were right when we said this scandal would cost taxpayers $1 billion. Now, we need to see some consequences for the government’s actions,” said Clark, who noted the OPP are also investigating the government following a complaint by the Ontario PC Official Opposition. – to read more>

MPP Clark Joins United Way, Health Unit and United Counties for Poverty Reduction Forum Oct. 16 at Brockville Public Library

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark, written October 6, 2013

( BROCKVILLE ) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is holding a forum this month to give area residents an opportunity to have their voices heard as part of the provincial government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Clark has teamed up with the United Way of Leeds and Grenville, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and the Leeds , Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, who will facilitate the discussion. – to read more>