HURON COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
It all began in a tent on a farm just outside of Grand Bend in 1972 but the Playhouse now boasts two theatres that draw thousands each summer to laugh at comedy and tap their feet to well-known musicals. The 650-seat main stage is home to full-scale Broadway musicals, with the kind of scale that most summer theatres can’t match. The 300-seat Playhouse II offers comedies. Today, the Playhouse is part of the Drayton Entertainment group that includes theatres in Drayton, Cambridge, St. Jacobs and Penetanguishene.
Huron Country Playhouse kicks off its 46th season with the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on the main stage.
Set to run June 7-24, the show takes the audience on a journey back to the ancient land of Canaan for an enchanting story of faith and forgiveness as the Biblical tale of Joseph is chronicled with sparkling wit, irreverence, and imagination.
When Joseph's father gives him a fabulous coat of many colors, his 11 jealous brothers hatch a devious scheme to sell him into slavery. But Joseph rises above his bleak circumstances due to his ability to interpret dreams, and becomes one of the most powerful men in Egypt.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat features such song as “Any Dream Will Do”, and “Close Every Door”.
All Shook Up, Inspired By and Featuring The Songs of Elvis Presley will take over the main stage June 28 to July 16. The year is 1955 and deep in the U.S. Midwest is a town where loud music, public necking, and tight pants are outlawed. A young mechanic named Natalie dreams of hitting the open road for a more exciting life, but a chance encounter with Chad, a mysterious guitar-playing rebel ready to break all the rules, helps her discover the magic of romance and the power of rock ‘n’ roll.
All Shook Up features 24 classic Elvis tunes, including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
Million Dollar Quartet, playing from July 19 to August 5 on the main stage is the hit musical inspired by the legendary 1956 recording session at Sun Records in Memphis. History was made when an extraordinary twist of fate brought together then-rising star Johnny Cash, unknown Jerry Lee Lewis, veteran musician Carl Perkins, and chart-topper Elvis Presley for the first and only time.
This Tony Award-winning features legendary songs like “Blue Suede Shoes’, “Fever”, “That’s All Right”, “Sixteen Tons”, “Great Balls of Fire’, “Walk the Line”, ‘Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin’ On” and more.
At the smaller, more intimate Playhouse II, the season begins with Jonas & Barry in the Home, a new play by Norm Foster, Canada’s master of comedy.
Two seniors are searching for friendship, love, and elusive happiness at the Gateway Gardens assisted living home. Barry Butterfield, a newly retired dentist, is unsure of what to do with all his free time. Jonas Ainsworth, a suave stage actor, spends his days wooing the ladies. Proving opposites attract, the men quickly become an inseparable duo and embark on clever ways to spice up their lives – and the lives of those around them.
Jonas & Barry in the Home plays from June 28 to July 15.
A musical farce Lucky Stiff takes over the Playhouse II stage from July 20 to August 5. In order to claim a large fortune, a bachelor shoe salesman must take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on vacation. But there’s just one hitch: if he’s unable to convince everyone and pass off his uncle as alive, all the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Things get even more complicated when he meets a host of quirky characters, each in hot pursuit of the cash.