“Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” – Humorous drama at Firehall Theatre

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Written August 13, 2017

(Gananoque, ON)

It isn’t easy to talk about the past, especially about events that are painful to all involved.  It can be even more difficult to look at it with laughter and light, turning tragedy into a comedy that can reach all people.  However, Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor has done exactly that with “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth”. Continue reading

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TI Playhouse 35th Anniversary Season Off to an Explosive Start with Boom!

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(Gananoque, ON)  We’re talkin’ ‘bout my generation…  about a whole lot of people’s generation.  Ladies and gentlemen, Rick Miller’s “Boom!” has hit the stage with all the wildness and complete abandon of the generation for whom it was named, and whether you are a “Baby Boomer” or not, you’re in for a great ride through one of the most turbulent 25 year periods in modern history. Continue reading

The Thousand Islands Playhouse Presents Two Plays to Take You Places

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Beneath Springhill rehearsal

written by Lorraine Payette, July 25, 2016

Whether you are heading “Beneath Springhill” or “Into the Woods”, the Thousand Islands Playhouse has wonderful times in store.

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Into the Woods rehearsal

“‘Beneath Springhill’ is the incredible story of Maurice Ruddick, ‘the singing miner,’ an African-Canadian who survived nine days underground during the historic Springhill mining disaster of 1958,” said the Playhouse.  “This multi-award-winning one-man show recalls the events during the disaster, the effect it had on the rural Canadian community, and the racial tension that grew from it.  The play is a celebration of hope, courage and community.” Continue reading

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 www.1000islandsplayhouse.com or contact the box office at 613-382-7020.

 

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline Glistens with Greatness

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written by Lorraine Payette, June 3, 2016

(Gananoque, ON) Patsy Cline has come to Gananoque, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse may never be the same again.  As Little Big Man spins the platters and reminisces, the music flows on down and everyone – everyone – is invited to join right in and sing along to those amazing hits from yesteryear.

Alison MacDonald doesn’t just play the part in “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” – she is Patsy, from the moves to the look to that one and only voice. Continue reading

New Season Opens with “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”

 

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by Lorraine Payette, written May 24, 2016

(Gananoque, ON)  It’s time to go out walking after midnight with a brilliant two-person musical based on the life and career of superstar Patsy Cline.  As the opening show at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, it promises to be everything her fans could want and more.

Returning to the Playhouse for this production are actress Alison MacDonald as Patsy Cline, musicians David Archibald and Bob Arlidge, costume designer Jayne Christopher, assistant stage manager Michael Barrs, set designer Ross Nichol, and director Daryl Cloran.  New to the Springer Theatre stage are actor Tyler Murree as Little Big Man, musicians Dan Charbonneau and Duncan Holt, stage manager Lisa Russell, lighting designer Davida Tkach and sound designer Ben Malone. Continue reading

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

Love Conquers All in “Tuesdays With Morrie”

Geoffrey Pounsett as Mitch and Ian D. Clark as Morrie - photo by Jay Bridges

Geoffrey Pounsett as Mitch and Ian D. Clark as Morrie – photo by Jay Bridges

by Lorraine Payette, written August 30, 2015

“There is no point to love – loving is the point.”
– Morrie Schwartz, “Tuesdays With Morrie”

There is an unexpected power and poignancy to “Tuesdays With Morrie”. While the play is about death and dying, at the same time it is filled with warmth and humour, daring us to look the spectre in the face and readying us to greet it not just as a natural process when it comes, but as an old friend reaching out to give us one final embrace. – to read more>

Welcome Home to “Bed and Breakfast” At the Firehall Theatre

by Lorraine Payette, written August 17, 2015

Brett (Andrew Kushnir) and Drew (Paul Dunn) enjoy the moment in “Bed and Breakfast” – photo by Jay Kopinski for the Thousand Islands Playhouse

Brett (Andrew Kushnir) and Drew (Paul Dunn) enjoy the moment in “Bed and Breakfast” – photo by Jay Kopinski for the Thousand Islands Playhouse

(Gananoque, ON) Hello, World, and welcome home to Gananoque! In this world premiere production, playwright Mark Crawford is well on his way to proving himself an absolute genius in his creation of “Bed and Breakfast”, a romantic dramady about two boys from the big city of Toronto who end up moving to small town Ontario and opening a bed and breakfast.

Ashlie Corcoran picked another winner when she chose to produce this play written under last year’s Playwrights’ Unit. – to read more>

Thousand Islands Playhouse Welcomes You In for “Bed and Breakfast”

by Lorraine Payette, written August 12, 2015

“Maggie left me the house…”
– “Bed and Breakfast”, Mark Crawford

Andrew Kushnir and Paul Dunn in rehearsal for Bed and Breakfast

Andrew Kushnir and Paul Dunn in rehearsal for Bed and Breakfast

Get ready for warmth and familiarity, laughs and thoughtful moments as you face the trials and tribulations of running a B&B in small town Ontario. Leaving Toronto for the more peaceful atmosphere of a tiny tourist town, Brett (Andrew Kushnir) and Drew (Paul Dunn) lead us through the experience of having a dream come true when they inherit a house and turn it into a bed and breakfast. – to read more>