Classic Theatre Festival Celebrating a Decade of Award-Winning Hits - theHumm June 2019
Classic Theatre Festival Celebrating a Decade of Award-Winning Hits - theHumm June 2019
The award-winning Classic Theatre Festival in Perth is hosting a summer-long party in 2019. The Ottawa Valley’s only professional theatre company is celebrating its 10th anniversary season with some of the longest-running, most popular plays in Broadway history.
Starring some of Canada’s top theatrical talent, the Festival offers affordably priced reserved seats for family-friendly shows featuring comedies, thriller/mysteries and drama. A fully-rounded theatrical experience features pre-show talks explaining the history and context of the play a half-hour before each performance, a massive loonie/toonie book sale, theatrical history lobby displays and a fully stocked concession stand loaded with summertime treats.
Located at 54 Beckwith Street East (at Harvey) in Perth, the 2019 mainstage season opens with the ninth longest running play in Broadway history, a remarkable comedy about the passions and excitement of World War II-era New York City. When young people from across the nation converge on the Big Apple, they discover new loves, share their dreams, and navigate the challenges of rapidly changing moral codes in John Van Druten’s Voice of the Turtle (June 21 to July 14).
Meanwhile, comic sparks fly when a bombastic professor of dialects tries to turn a working-class flower girl into an upper-class lady in the most popular of Shaw’s plays, Pygmalion (the basis for the musical My Fair Lady). Full of unforgettable Shavian characters — Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle, Colonel Pickering and Alfred Doolittle, among others — this legendary satire on class, gender and particularly British mannerisms, all served up with gentle and loving humour, runs from July 19 to August 11.
The mainstage season closes with the longest-running comedy thriller in Broadway history. Deathtrap (August 16 to September 8) follows a formerly successful playwright who engages in a deadly game to steal what he feels would be a “killer script.” Filled with ingenious plot twists and a string of bodies, Deathtrap was written by Ira Levin, the author of Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys from Brazil and The Stepford Wives.
All mainstage shows are performed at 2pm Tuesday through Sunday, with Wednesday and Saturday evening shows at 8pm. The facility is wheelchair accessible and air conditioned, with free parking.
The Festival’s popular theatrical walking play, Perth through the Ages (June 26 to August 25, Wednesday to Sunday at 11am, Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm), presents an hour-long, family-friendly mystery of Perth during the Great Depression, entitled The Forgotten Ones. As rural people cope with 1930s challenges, a recently-evicted farm girl arrives in town to search for her missing grandmother; she eventually approaches a truth she may not want to discover.
The Festival’s popular dinner theatre experience in partnership with Michael’s Table expands this year to include a lunchtime sitting. Running Tuesdays (June 4 to August 27) from 11am to 1pm and again from 5–7pm, visitors will enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal along with a performance of Androcles and the Lion, G.B. Shaw’s hilarious satire on the Roman Empire as seen through the eyes of a Christian slave and a very different “king of the forest.”
Tickets for all shows are available online at classictheatre.ca or toll-free at 1–877–283–1283.
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