The 2003-2004 - 35th season

Wendy Wagner,
Director of Plays

"After roughly five to six months of reading and evaluating plays, listening to presentations by various impassioned potential directors, and much discussion, I am pleased to report that the playreading committee has selected the five plays for 2003-2004.  I hope you will enjoy!"

The Drawer Boy
by Michael Healey
September 16-20 and 23-27, 2003
The multiple award winning Canadian play is based on the making of Theatre Passe Muraille's landmark "The Farm Show".  A young actor from the big city lives with two aging bachelor farmers to gather stories about rural life.  The farmers' lives are irrevocably altered when art attempts to imitate life and the line between truth and fiction is crossed.

The Uninvited
by Tim Kelly based on the ghost story by Dorothy Marcardle
November 11-15 and 18-22, 2003
The Fitzgerald siblings discover a charming house in the West of England, overlooking the Irish Sea.  The house, Cliff End, has long been empty, and they are able to purchase it at a suspiciously low price from crusty Commander Brooke, the village curmudgeon.  The reason is soon apparent:  The house has an unsavory reputation.   Fifteen years earlier a murder may or may not have occurred by the gnarled tree that can be viewed from the parlor  window.  Slowly the Fitzgeralds begin to sense the evil spirit that still inhabits the house, announcing its presence with a sudden bone-chilling cold.  Is the ghost real?.

Rock and Roll
by John Gray
January 27-31 and February 3-7, 2004
Another Canadian play, Rock and Roll is a musical, semi-autobiography of John Gray's time as a member of The Lincolns.  The play is set in "Mushaboom", Nova Scotia and includes five men (one of whom is dead) and one woman.  The play travels in time between 1960 and the formation of the band "The Monarchs" to 1980 when the band members reunite for a one-night concert in their old hometown.  It is a play filled with flashbacks, special effects, drama and good old rock and roll.

Over the River and Through the Woods
by Joe DiPietro
March 23-27 and March 30- April 3, 2004 plus Eastern Ontario Drama League performance April 14, 2004
Nick is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey.  His parents retired and moved to Florida.  That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey.  In fact, he sees both sets of grandparents every Sunday for dinner.  This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job.  The job he's been waiting for- marketing executive- would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents.  He tells them.  The news doesn't sit so well.  Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around.  "How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle for a job" wonder his grandparents?  Well, Fank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing dinner to the lovely - and single - Caitlin O'Hare as bait...

Out of Sight...Out of Murder
by Fred Carmichael
May 25-29 and June 1-5
Peter Knight is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion where another author was murdered years before.  A weird electrical storm effects a cosmic snafu and his characters come to life.  All the stereotypes are here: the ingĂ©nue, the butler, the hero, the 'other' woman, and the wily lawyer.  Peter loses control of his characters and there is a murder; the intended victim is Peter.  Can Peter find the killer before he himself is killed?

Aladdin & his Wonderful Magical Lamp
by Tim Kelly/Pam Hughes
December 27-29
Come and help Aladdin and his side-kick, the monkey Alakazam, escape from the trickery of the evil wizard, cheer on the magic of the genies,
and win the heart of the Princess.

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