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BLYTH FESTIVAL’S 40TH SEASON PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:52
BLYTH FESTIVAL’S 40TH SEASON – WHERE THE HEART IS!
It’s an exciting time at Blyth Festival. Next summer the theatre will celebrate a milestone – its 40th season of producing professional theatre. In announcing the shows of the 40th season, her first as Artistic Director, Marion de Vries is “renewing the vow” to Blyth Festival’s original mandate to create and produce professional Canadian theatre that reflects the stories, culture, and concerns of our community, region, and beyond.
“Where the heart is. That’s how I feel about this community and Blyth Festival,” says de Vries. “It is truly remarkable that we are celebrating our 40th season in 2014. The 40th is the Ruby anniversary, a rich colour of commitment, loyalty, creativity, and love. We are dedicated to making excellent theatre that will delight and engage the hearts and minds of our audience.”
The 2014 mainstage season begins on June 25 with the world premiere of Kitchen Radio which Marion de Vries wrote while Canada Council Playwright in Residence at Blyth Festival, and which Eric Coates then commissioned for future production. David Archibald is Marion’s co-lyricist/composer on this musical about women and country music. Next is the celebrated award-winning Canadian classic Billy Bishop Goes To War written and composed by John MacLachlan Gray in collaboration with Eric Peterson. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of The Great War. This play is the first in a “Memorial Series” that will be produced at Blyth Festival between 2014 and 2018 – plays that look at war, peace, the home fires, and the lives of Canadian forces personnel and veterans. The third show is the world premiere of Stag and Doe, an outstanding new comedy by first-time playwright Mark Crawford. Mark grew up on a beef farm in mid-western Ontario and has been to countless Stag and Does – so his characters ring true. The final show on the mainstage is the world premiere of Gil Garratt’s St. Anne’s Reel. Gil has been writing this drama for Blyth Festival for the past couple of years, and it’s a beauty.
News about the directors and creative teams, the show we will be presenting in the Phillips Studio, the Young Company creation, and the special events we are planning to celebrate the anniversary of our 40th season will be forthcoming.
A variety of season passes are now on sale for this anniversary season. Call the box office at 519.523.9300 or 1.800.862.5984 or visit BLYTHFESTIVAL.COM for more details.
BLYTH FESTIVAL 2014 | 40th MAINSTAGE SEASON
JUNE 25 – AUG. 9 | Opening Night JUNE 27 | Blyth Festival World Premiere
KITCHEN RADIO
Book by Marion de Vries | Lyrics & Music by Marion de Vries and David Archibald
Based on an original story idea by Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston
It’s September 1968 and Eleanor, the lonely young wife of a bank manager, is unpacking boxes yet again – this time in a small farming town.  Because she and Dan move so often, her only friends are the female country music stars she listens to on her kitchen radio and she imagines she is one of them.  Suddenly Eleanor finds herself entangled in the lives of local women Sophie, Maggie, Helen and Angela – and her world is turned upside down!  A country musical with comedy and heart.
JULY 2 – AUG. 15 | Opening Night JULY 4 | Blyth Festival Memorial Series
BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR
Written and Composed by John MacLachlan Gray in collaboration with Eric Peterson
Billy Bishop, the celebrated WWI flying ace from Owen Sound – credited with seventy-two victories and billed the top pilot in the British Empire – relives his heroic exploits in one of Canada’s most successful and enduring plays, winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. A Canadian Classic.
JULY 30 – SEPT. 6 | Opening Night AUG. 1 | Blyth Festival World Premiere
STAG AND DOE
By Mark Crawford
In the community hall on a Saturday morning, Bonnie and Brad are making jello shooters for their Stag and Doe with Dee, their maid of honour. Mandy shows up and demands the use of the hall that very night for her own wedding reception – because her tent blew away in the tornado. The problem is her groom is Rob... the man who left Dee standing at the altar a few years back. Bonnie cuts a deal with Mandy to share the hall and the day spins out of control in this hilarious new comedy about the true nature of weddings.
AUG. 6 – 30 | Opening Night AUG. 8 | Blyth Festival World Premiere
ST. ANNE’S REEL
By Gil Garratt
Daniel, a washed-up Dollywood rhinestone cowboy, returns home to the farm near Wingham after many years, on the occasion of his mother’s death.  Despite his best intentions, Daniel gets drawn right back into scrapping with his old man, Walter – who used to play fiddle with the Ranch Boys on Barn Dance.  By turns starkly humorous and deeply moving, this drama about a prodigal son and his cantankerous father is woven with old-time fiddle tunes.
BLYTH FESTIVAL’S 40TH SEASON – WHERE THE HEART IS!
It’s an exciting time at Blyth Festival. Next summer the theatre will celebrate a milestone – its 40th season of producing professional theatre. In announcing the shows of the 40th season, her first as Artistic Director, Marion de Vries is “renewing the vow” to Blyth Festival’s original mandate to create and produce professional Canadian theatre that reflects the stories, culture, and concerns of our community, region, and beyond.
“Where the heart is. That’s how I feel about this community and Blyth Festival,” says de Vries. “It is truly remarkable that we are celebrating our 40th season in 2014. The 40th is the Ruby anniversary, a rich colour of commitment, loyalty, creativity, and love. We are dedicated to making excellent theatre that will delight and engage the hearts and minds of our audience.”
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HURON COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 January 2014 13:33
Huron Country Playhouse kicks off its 2014 season with the Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific.
Stories from James Mitchener’s World War II collection Tales of the South Pacific are interwoven into a Pullitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece. A punky U.S. Navy nurse falls in love with a mysterious French planter while a marine hero is infatuated by a beautiful native girl. Both will be tested by the racial prejudice of their own society.
South Pacific features such classic songs as “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Bali Ha’i” and “This Nearly Was Mine”.
South Pacific plays on the  Playhouse’s main stage,  from June 5 – 21.
Baseball is the theme of the musical Damn Yankees, playing June 26 - July 12. Middle-aged Joe Boyd is a basball fanatic who makes makes a deal for his soul with the devious Mr. Applegate in return for the chance to lead his favourite team out of the cellar to win the pennant. Transformed into a superstar overnight, Joe’s dreams are realized as he leads the team in both hitting and pitching.  But when Joe finally realizes the trade-off between youth and experience, he begins to miss the life he left behind.
Damn Yankees brims wth memorable music.
Huron County Playhouse is bringing back its most successful production ever when Twist and Shout: The British Invasion playing July 17 – August 2. After The Beatles blazed the path for a new British sound in rock music, other groups followed. This musical revue celebrates the music of The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, and more.
The final show of the main stage season, which will run from August 7 - 30 has not been announced yet. Meanwhile at Playhouse II, Huron Country Playhouse’s smaller, more intimate theatre,  the season will kick off June 11 - 28 with the hilarious spy comedy Look, No Hans!
Peter Fisher runs the Berlin office of a British car company, while doubling as a secret agent.  His plans for a quiet birthday go out the window (along with several of his guests) when his wife’s flight is delayed and she returns home from the airport unexpectedly … forcing him to juggle his mistress, a voluptuous singing telegram girl, and a senior inspector anxiously awaiting the arrival of a top industrial spy from the East of Hans.
Peter Colley’s comedy thriller I’ll Be Back Before Midnight began life in Huron County nearly 40 years up the road at the Blyth Festival and has been performed steadily around the world ever since. Inspired by a night spent at an isolated Huron County farm house, Colley created this comedy about a young couple who are terrorized by a series of mysterious happenings and the jovial farmer they turn to for support.
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight plays at Playhouse II from July 2 –  12.
Playhouse audiences love British farce and they’ll have plenty of chances to laugh during Run For Your Wife, July 16 – August 2. Taxi driver John Smith has a problem – two of them, in fact. Their names are Mary and Barbara and he happens to be married to both of them.
For years John has successfully kept his two marriages secret, spending mornings with one spouse and evenings with the other. But when he is injured in a mugging, the cabbie’s carefully crafted charade implodes when the police return him to the wrong home at the wrong time.
The Playhouse II season wraps up with a traditional British panto based on Peter Pan. In the grand British tradition where audiences cheer the hero and boo the villain, Peter Pan boasts a winning combination of incredible musical numbers, slapstick comedy, outrageous costumes, audience participation, and of course, a dash of theatrical magic.
Pantos are designed for audiences of all ages.
Peter Pan, plays August 7 - 30.
For tickets to all Huron Country Playhouse and Playhosue II productions telphone: 519-238-6000 or Toll Free: 1-855-drayton (372-9866)
HURON COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE 2014 SEASON ANNOUNCED
Huron Country Playhouse kicks off its 2014 season with the Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific.
Stories from James Mitchener’s World War II collection Tales of the South Pacific are interwoven into a Pullitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece. A punky U.S. Navy nurse falls in love with a mysterious French planter while a marine hero is infatuated by a beautiful native girl. Both will be tested by the racial prejudice of their own society.
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