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Summer Theatre at Meaford Hall (Posted On: Monday, August 03, 2009)

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Summer and theatre go hand-in-hand at Meaford Hall this year! August plays host to five different theatrical productions. These performances include two children’s plays and three for the adults – all designed to delight and entertain!

Christy’s Stage Door Music/Theatre Camp presents excerpts from the beloved musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Friday August 3 at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $10 for kids and $15 for adults.

Next up on Saturday August 15, Random Acts of Love stars Victoria Daniels who has been written out of her starring role in her daytime drama because she has “aged.” So she decides to produce and star in a two character evening of Shakespeare’s love scenes called The Seven Ages of Love. Russell Thomas, once an actor and now a carpenter crashes the audition unaware Victoria is involved. They worked together fifteen years ago on A Streetcar Named Desire and had an intense affair. The fireworks start immediately as these two actors try to ignore the feelings they have for one another while they rehearse the love scenes in The Seven Age of Love. In true romantic comedy style, they come through the trials and find themselves with a second chance. Showtime is 8pm, tickets are $30.

On Thursday August 20 bring the kids to the Emperor’s New Clothes. This is a Shrimp Magnet Theatre Co. version of the favourite fairy tale, where things are (surprise, surprise) a little different. There’s more to the story than you thought - the Emperor’s not actually all that vain. He’s really just a simple guy who wants more than anything to spend his days out fishing. His advisor is the one who is the fashion victim and she starts the whole Royal Robe Search hullabaloo. When the fancy designer Jean-Biff Gaultier swaggers onto the scene, the only one who can see through his special cloth is Robin, the castle’s potato scrubber. But the grown-ups won’t listen to her. Once again, you’re needed to save the day and save the Emperor from seriously embarrassing himself…
This show is suitable for families with children to age 12, showtime is 1pm and tickets are $10 for kids and $12 for adults – bring a group of 6 people or more and receive 15% off!

In the evening on Thursday August 20 see an engaging memoir. The Trudeau Stories is set in 1985, when student Brooke Johnson attended the National Theatre School in Montreal, and became friends with Pierre Elliott Trudeau. It had been a year and a half since he'd stepped down as Prime Minister, and now he was walking to work, putting cereal bowls on cartoon placemats, washing dishes and making peanut-butter on toast. He was no longer doing pirouettes behind the Queen but sometimes he was hanging around with Brooke, sliding down ice-covered staircases on Mount Royal. Through reminiscences, journal entries and correspondence, Brooke brings to life the story of a remarkable friendship. This private insight into the man and the times as seen through the eyes of a passionate artist is not to be missed. At once vital and charming; poignant and very funny, Trudeau Stories is about friendship and loss...and about who the heck we think we are. Showtime is 8pm, tickets are $30

Finally, the Second City Comedy, Panic! Everybody’s Doing It! takes the stage at Meaford Hall Saturday, August 22.  The environment is destroyed! Your country is at war! Your house is worth nothing! Your boyfriend isn’t returning your calls! With bad news stories all around it’s hard not to push the panic button. The Second City is here to put it all in perspective. This show is a sketch comedy revue in the Second City style – fast-paced, topical, theatrical and professional featuring multiple Canadian Comedy Award-winning actors performing the best scenes and songs from The Second City’s history, as well as original satire ripped from today’s headlines. Showtime is 8pm and tickets are $28. 

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