TYNE VALLEY -- Mike Ford, a veteran member of the Tyne Valley Players, ought to be up on charges. Once again Ford has stolen the show during the Tyne Valley Players’ production of Second Childhood.
The Judge, Jeff Noye, left, listens as Professor Frederick Newcombe (Terry Doran), right and his assistant (Mike Ford) try to weasel their way out of their latest predicament in Second Childhood. Tyne Valley Players have added six more shows to their farce comedy, and tickets are still available to only the June 9 show at Britannia Hall.
Ford skillfully handles the role of Philip Stanton, Professor Frederick Newcombe’s assistant. If anyone in the audience were determined not to let out a laugh, it would have been best not to look at the dimwit assistant. His facial expressions, body language and use of timing are trademarks of Ford’s long run with the Tyne Valley Players.
The Tyne Valley Players had originally scheduled six shows and they were all sell-outs. They’ve subsequently added six more shows, and five of those nights have already sold out. Tickets are only still available to the June 9 show. All shows are held at Britannia Hall in Tyne Valley, getting underway at 7:30 p.m. In Second Childhood, Stanton works with Professor Newcombe in pursuit of the formula for the Elixir of Youth.
Finally, they achieve success but at what cost?
Professor Newcombe is ably played by Terry Doran and he gives a flawless performance.
Lisa MacDougall, Stanton’s fiancé, gives an outstanding performance as does Steven Ellis who takes on the role of her suitor, the colonel.
Another veteran performer, Marie Barlow gives her usual first-rate performance.
Elevated to star status in this production is Jason Cormier, the lisping sheriff.
The cast also consists of Janeen Griff, Jeff Noye, Rachael Noye, Kim Dennis and Pam MacKinnon, all of whom combine to keep the audience well entertained.
And no wonder; the Tyne Valley Players have been serving up farcical three-act comedies for over 30 years. Throughout those years they’ve sold out every show, consistently giving their audience its money’s worth.