Once upon a time there lived a little girl who was unhappy. Her mother was dead and she lived with her father, wicked stepmother and even nastier stepsisters… and well you know the rest. What you don’t know is that this is a PANTOMIME. Audience participation is not just encouraged – it’s required! The Fairy Godmother (Dandelion) needs help from the audience because she is out of practice and not at all certain her magic is going to work properly. Cinderella’s slipper is tried on by youngsters and adults in the audience. Cinderella (Celeste Mattes) is a natural, joyous girl with a bubbling sense of humour and great honesty. Of course, she and the Prince (Myles Black) live happily ever after.
Directed by Jenn Feenan
Performed on November 30 and December 1 at the Community Hall
Artisitic Director Dandelion had an idea to stage a local celebration of International Women’s Day. She put together LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE WOMEN!, a selection from the drama of our lives: poignant and lively theatrical vignettes to honour International Women’s Day and to entertain women and men alike.On the agenda was Juice of Wild Strawberries by Jean Lenox Toddie, The Drum Lesson, Landscape with Pigeons, an excerpt from The Doll’s House and ending with the song ‘Modern Feminist’.
Directed by Dandelion
Performed on March 7, 8 and 9 at The Roxy.
Strawberry Jam by Bruce Fisk is a black comedy featuring two spinsters who attempt to conceal their father’s death for six months in order to avoid paying inheritance tax. Lots of laughs, confusion and mayhem to keep your funny bones oiled.
Directed by Catherine Andersen
In Great Slave Lake by Don Negro, two brothers-in-law – both named Clyde – have left their Ohio home to fish on Great Slave Lake in autumn of 1938; but the date they said they would return has passed with no word from them. Margaret and Gretchen, their wives (also their respective sisters—uh oh!) are going on with their lives, dealing as best they can with not knowing what has happened. Their increasingly confrontational conversations are punctuated with brief flashback appearances by the Clydes – whose conversations also become progressively more…animated. Meanwhile, Margaret and Gretchen are visited by a pretty 19-year-old blind girl named Betty who may have been impregnated by one of the Clydes. But are there really two men named Clyde? Is it significant that the name Gretchen is a diminutive of Margaret? Is long-dead brother Con reaching back into their lives to stir up trouble?
Directed by Jean Wyenberg
Performed August 1 and 2 at the Gabriola Theatre Centre.