On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director Designate for the Thousand Islands Playhouse, announced her inaugural playbill, unveiling the company’s 2013 season. Audiences will be treated to a diverse season of fun comedies, musicals and Canadian tales, producing three productions in association with companies that represent Canada from coast to coast.
There was a full house attending this gathering at which the General Manager, Richard Van Dusen thanked the advertisers, sponsors and support from the community. In attendance were not only seasoned theatre goers but local politicians and some of the corporate sponsors. The audience was treated to an address by Ashley and following the presentation coffee, tea and treats were available. There was also lots of media in attendance from print, web, video, radio and TV.
The 2013 season opens at the Springer Theatre with Suds, the Rocking 60s Musical Soap Opera, from May 24 – June 22. This rock’n’roll fairy tale, filled to the brim with great music and characters from the 60s, was created by Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson, Will Roberson and Bryan Scott and is filled with dozens of chart-topping songs. The second Springer production is Boeing Boeing, June 28 – July 27, a classic comedy that tells the hilarious story of a three-timing bachelor who moves faster than a 747 to keep his air-hostess fiancées apart. This non-stop farce by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley Cross and revised by Francis Evans, will be produced in association with Western Canada Theatre.
The Firehall Theatre’s 10th Season opens with Third Floor from July 5– August 3, by award-winning Queen’s graduate Jason Hall. The romantic comedy with a thriller twist follows the unusual relationship between a young woman and her new across-the-hall neighbour.
August brings The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee, August 2 – August 31 at the Springer Theatre. This lovable hit musical, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss , is pure F-U-N, as six charming and quirky pre-teens compete in a spelling bee run by three equally quirky grown-ups. From August 16- September 14, The (Post) Mistress, a unique musical by Tomson Highway, produced in Association with Nova Scotia’s Ship’s Company Theatre, plays at the Firehall Theatre. Nova Scotia actor Martha Irving plays the gossipy postmistress sharing a small town’s secrets.
Two moving tales from the Maritimes end the Springer Theatre 2013 season. No Great Mischief, the highly acclaimed saga of family love adapted by David Young from the novel by Alistair MacLeod, plays September 13 – October 5. Originally produced by Tarragon Theatre, the play vibrantly brings the story of two adult brothers from Cape Breton Island to life, as they revisit the family, stories and songs that shaped their lives. The season closes with Salt-Water Moon, October 11 – November 2, the nostalgic romantic comedy by David French about two young sweethearts who reunite under a Newfoundland moon one night in 1926.
In January 2013, TIP will also launch a new initiative, a year-long residency program designed to nurture promising playwrights from the region. The Playwrights’ Unit writers will develop new plays over the course of the residency – with the Playhouse audience and resources of both of our venues in mind. These works will be developed through monthly collaborative meetings and dramaturgical support, culminating in a free PlayReading series in December 2013.
The company’s Outreach department will continue to grow, with the Young Company’s performance of Peg and the Yeti, by Monica Dufault, adapted from the book by Kenneth Oppel, as well as student matinees for Springer Theatre productions, workshops, and pre and post-show engagement activities.
Full details at http://www.1000islandsplayhouse.com/2013-season/