“Don’t Dress for Dinner” Spicing Up the Season at the Springer Theatre

by Lorraine Payette, written July 20, 2015

Rehearsal shots provided by Thousand Islands Playhouse

(Gananoque, ON) Get ready for a spicy evening filled with nuance, double entendres and all your favourite tiddly bits as the Thousand Islands Playhouse happily brings you “Don’t Dress for Dinner”, a tasty little French farce with just the right amount of sauce.

Fans of 2013’s “Boeing Boeing” will fall in love with Marc Camoletti’s spin off. There are some familiar names and several familiar faces as the Playhouse once again works in cooperation with the Gateway Theatre of Richmond, BC, and Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops. – to read more>


Pirates of Penzance – Swashbuckling in the Thousand Islands

by Lorraine Payette, written June 20, 2015

“I know the kings of England, and I quote the facts historical…”
– Major General, “The Pirates of Penzance,”, Gilbert and Sullivan

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Rehearsal photos – The Very Model of a Modern Major General

(Gananoque, ON) Maybe that should be “facts hysterical” as the Thousand Islands Playhouse tackles that great piratical masterpiece, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”.

Poor Frederic (Adam Charles) finds himself in a mess entirely thrust upon him by fate, something definitely not of his own doing but which may very well become his undoing. Fate first came upon him in the form of Ruth (Shelley Simester), a well intentioned but hard-of-hearing, ditsy nursemaid who only had his father’s best wishes and Frederic’s welfare at heart. Asked to apprentice him as a “pilot”, she mistakenly signed him up with pirates, to be indentured until his 21st birthday. But unbeknownst to Frederic, this doesn’t mean that when he becomes 21-years-old he will be free to pursue his own life – no, no, no! For Frederic was born on February 29, and that means his 21st birthday won’t come for decades… – to read more>

Teens Have a Wilde Time with “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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The Importance of Being Earnest

by Lorraine Payette, written November 20, 2014

In an age where the Smart Phone, texting and video games have taken the place of human contact and communication, students from the Not So Amateur Amateur Theatre Company stepped back in time to produce an evening of aristocratic fun as they performed Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

Using their teen actors to best advantage, the play ran for four delightful performances at the Mulberry School on Markland Street in Kingston from November 13-15. Double casting gave everyone an opportunity to shine and show the world just what they really can accomplish. – to read more>

She Loves Me a Delightful Step Back into 1930’s Romance

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She Loves Me – Performance Photos

by Lorraine Payette, written June 26, 2014

The sweet aroma of love is in the air at Maraczek’s Parfumerie as Ilona Ritter (Kristen Galer) and Steven Kodaly (Kevin McGarry) continue their on-going affair. Not quite as obvious is the love developing between shy and stressed manager Georg Nowack (Ron Pederson) and his mysterious pen-pal, “Dear Friend”. But things get tense and tempers start to flare when a nervous young woman, Amalia Balash (Alison MacDonald) applies to work with them. She and Georg aren’t quite sure if they can tolerate each other or not. However, poor Amalia also finds that her best stress relief is through writing to her pen-pal, a “Dear Friend” …

What will happen when they discover who their pen-pals really are? – to read more>

Auditions for “We All Fall Down” Being Held in Gananoque

Ashes, ashes…

Ashes, ashes…

by Lorraine Payette, written October 19, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) Picture a world where hugs and kisses, holding hands, even a happy high five are now not only frowned upon, but against the law. An Orwellian style fantasy where all skin-to-skin contact has become illegal, a place where the intimacy of love and affection seem to have vanished forever…

Welcome to “We All Fall Down”, a new play written and directed by Maddi Ferris-Baker Carnrite. Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Gracey Hall, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, in Gananoque. Rehearsals start on November 2. – to read more>

A Tide of Emotions Comes in With “No Great Mischief”

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 15, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ON) – All of us are better when we’re loved.”

Truer words have never been spoken, and “No Great Mischief” is a love story, not of young and foolish people coming together on a star crossed path, but of the hard and sometimes almost impossible love of a man for his brother, and by extension, his entire family. – to read more>

Return to The Canoe Club Dance with Deborah Dunleavy

Deborah Dunleavy

Deborah Dunleavy

by Lorraine Payette, written September 4, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) There was a magical time in Gananoque when everyone could “Take the A Train” with Duke Ellington and enjoy “Rum and Coca-Cola” with the Andrews Sisters, going steady was serious business and the hottest evening entertainment for all the young people was a chance to go to the Canoe Club dance.

In “At The Canoe Club Dance”, Master Story Teller Deborah Dunleavy has put together a warmly nostalgic one-woman musical featuring classics by Cole Porter, George Gershwin and other great swing composers woven into heartfelt stories of just what it meant to be young and alive during this amazing time. – to read more>