Revue Dinner Theatre will mark 2014 celebrations with a touch of Maritime-style "Glitz."
The revue show offers an evening of sketch comedy, improv, and music - all themed around the distinctive qualities that make us Maritimers.
"I think people are really going to connect with the local nature of the humour," says Bobby McIsaac, one of the cast members of this new show.
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“Glitz” offers a mix of sketch comedy, improv, and Canadian/local music. Performers include, front, Morgan Wagner, and, back from left, Shawn Arsenault, Melissa MacKenzie and Bobby McIsaac.
"Glitz" runs Friday and Saturday March 21-22 and 28-29 at Brothers 2 in Summerside and just completed other select weekends at the Charlottetown Hotel in the capital.
The show is produced by Don Groom of White Rose Entertainment, which has delivered fun and food at Feast Dinner Theatres for more than 35 years. Revue shows don't follow strict scripts but feature themed comedy sketches and improv mixed with musical performances. With heavy emphasis on comedy and improv, the shows have a "Saturday Night Live" sort of feel and a sense of spontaneity.
As P.E.I. marks 150 years since the Charlottetown Conference that led to Confederation, "Glitz" offers both historical and modern sketches - including revelry at Peake's Quay with the Fathers of Confederation, an "I am Canadian" speech by John A. Macdonald, a couple's stop at a visitor information centre, and an Island spoof on Canada's heritage minutes.
"Because of all the improv, the show is what the audience makes it," says cast member Shawn Arsenault. "We play off them so much."
"Glitz" promises to have a particularly strong comedic aspect, with writing by Mike Allison - a Feast veteran who now writes for acclaimed Canadian television show "This Hour Has 22 Minutes."
Most of the songs in "Glitz" are also Canadian or have a Canadian connection. Expect to hear favourites by the Rankin Family, Stompin' Tom, Feist, the Band, Bryan Adams, Sloan and Rush.
Performers include director Sherri-Lee Darrach, musical director Adam MacGregor, and fellow dinner theatre veterans Alicia Altass, Shawn Arsenault and Bobby McIsaac. Melissa MacKenzie, who played the lead in the summer production of "Good Golly Miss Molly," and newcomer Morgan Wagner, who lends her fiddle-playing talents to this most Maritime of shows, round out the cast.
"It's our responsibility to make sure the audience has fun," McIsaac explains. "So if they're smiling when they leave - mission accomplished."
Dinner theatre guests have the chance to feast on a gourmet Italian buffet while enjoying some of the finest comedy the Maritimes have to offer. Catch "Glitz" at the Brothers 2 in Summerside, March 21-22, and March 28-29 (Call 436-7674).