NORTH RUSTICO – Three new productions will be premiering at the Mpntgomery Theatre in North Rustico between June 4 and Sept. 8, including a new version of “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. The upcoming season also includes a new play from the Star of the Sea Seniors Drama Society, the third annual Sears Atlantic Canada High School Drama Festival and the 10th annual Acting Conservatory.
“We are known for excellent acting in imaginative productions of classic plays,” said artistic director, Duncan McIntosh. “Next season’s striking, fresh productions continue that reputation.
“We are thrilled to welcome Gracie Finley back to the stage where she will dazzle as always. She joins our accomplished acting company this summer to re-ignite classic plays for a modern audience,” he added.
The Montgomery Theatre begins its year with the presentation of a Star of the Sea Dramatic Society performance on March 25.
The third annual Sears Atlantic High School Drama Festival will take place from May 19 to 21 at the theatre. More than 100 drama students from the Atlantic provinces take part in this four-day festival.
The Conservatory offers workshops to people interested in acting between July 25 and Aug. 3, led by senior members of Montgomery Theatre’s acting company.
When the theatre season kicks in to full gear, the Montgomery will be presenting “The Shore Field” by Duncan McIntosh – the story of an actress returning to face the loss of her Island farm after a default on the mortgage. She has to decide between selling part of her family legacy or losing it all.
The only Islander to play Anne of Green Gables, Gracie Finley, will be starring in the world premiere of “The Shore Field.”
This summer’s season will also include “Roundelay” by Arthur Schnitzler, a highly unusual, erotic and poetic set of 10 scenes examining power and ethics, public and private. Characters, seen in the moments immediately before and after intimacy, repeat the dance in the next scene with a different partner.
Mark Twain once said that, “Anne was the sweetest creation since the immortal Alice.” Well, Alice will be coming to Anne’s land as “Alice in Wonderland” appears in a world premiere production at Montgomery this June, starring Laurie Campbell. More like the original novel than recent film adaptations, this play is recommended as PG13 – Parental Guidance advised.
Tickets for this season are on sale at www.themontgomerytheatre.com or by calling 963-3963.
For more on this story see the Feb. 22 edition of the Journal Pioneer.