In a theatre packed with supporters and patrons, Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre announced its 2017 season; the company’s 30th, and the first led by Artistic Director Andrea Boyd.
“I am thrilled to announce the 30th anniversary season for Festival Antigonish”, said Boyd. “I have picked a selection of plays that will engage our hearts and minds, make us laugh, and leave us longing for more. This company has a solid reputation across the country for excellence on stage, and I cannot wait to work with this year’s superb cast to continue the tradition”.
The 2017 lineup will include three plays on the Mainstage Series and one on the Family Stage. The full list of plays is below. The season will include some of the finest and well-respected actors in Canada along with some talented upcoming artists, with all four plays running in repertory and culminating in a season finale that brings together the entire ensemble on stage. The 2017 company includes: Directors Mary Vingoe, Richie Wilcox, and Andrea Boyd, and actors Francine Deschepper, Sansom Marchand, Christian Murray, Jennifer Roberts, Hugh Thompson, Naomi Vogt and Jeremy Webb.
Boyd commented: “2017 will be a season of high theatricality, featuring plays that embrace the reality that they exist within the confines of the stage. [All] plays have comedic elements, yet are all different in tone, ranging from raucously funny to charming and poignant.”
Managing Director Reema Fuller, also new to the company, echoed her enthusiasm, “I am excited to have this chance to work with Andrea. Her energy, creativity, and passion shine through every time she talks about sharing the adventure of theatre with our audiences. She has an incredible creative vision for our stage, and I know it will resonate with theatre-goers old and new. I can’t wait to kick-off our 30th season together.”
Fuller also mentioned some upcoming changes at Festival Antigonish, including a new and improved box office system, an enhanced website and digital presence, and regular communications with patrons and supporters. “We are focused on enhancing our patrons’ experience – 30 years is no ordinary feat for a theatre company, and we recognize that we owe it all to those who buy a ticket and walk through our doors to watch a play”.
The season opens on July 13th. Tickets go on sale in May. For more information, stay tuned to this website.
2017 Festival Antigonish Season
MAIN STAGE SERIES
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus
Directed by: Andrea Boyd
Starring: Christian Murray, Hugh Thompson and Jeremy Webb
July 13 – August 26
“A Wonderfully Barking Spoof” – Telegraph
This 3-man version of the classic Holmes mystery is a rollicking spoof that is pure comedy. Its inventive staging, multiple-characterisation, and wacky dialogue will surprise and delight audiences.
By Susan Coyne
Directed by: Mary Vingoe
Starring: Francine Deschepper, Jennifer Roberts and Hugh Thompson
July 20 – August 26
“Whimsically beautiful and soulfully pensive” – Torontostage.com
From the acclaimed memoir by the same author comes this beautiful and ethereal Canadian play that takes us back to a simpler time … a time when we had time. A story of a poignant friendship between a little girl, a delightful fairy, and an elderly neighbor.
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by: Andrea Boyd
Starring: Francine Deschepper, Sansom Marchand, Christian Murray, Jennifer Roberts, Hugh Thompson, Naomi Vogt and Jeremy Webb
August 10 – August 25
“A gift and a rarity. A superb new romantic comedy that’s moving, smart, and fat-out hilarious. You will have difficulty breathing. Stage Kiss is that funny.” – New York Magazine
Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. This is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss – or when actors share a real one.
by Andy Manley, Gill Robertson and Annie Wood
Directed by: Richie Wilcox
Starring: Sansom Marchand and Naomi Vogt
July 25 – August 5
“A giggle-inducing, ultimately poignant lesson in the power of friendship” – The New York Times
A charming tale about an unexpected friendship between an eccentric woman and a goose that lands at her doorstep, this is a heartwarming play that is perfect for young and young-at-heart audiences.