New play to open this weekend at Playhouse
VICTORIA-BY-THE-SEA — Aw, love through the eyes and words of a child and actions of an adult.
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Sherri-Lee Darrach and Adam MacGregor star in the production, “Boy Meets Girl — A Young Love Story,” which opens Friday night at the Victoria Playhouse. The show runs Thursdays to Sundays until Sept. 15.
Well, it’s the premise of a new production hitting the stage at Victoria Playhouse.
Friday, veteran Island actors and performers, Sherri-Lee Darrach and Adam MacGregor, bring to life the characters of Sam and Katie as they experience the trials and tribulations of love at age five in “Boy Meets Girl — A Young Love Story.”
Producing the show, written by Sam Wolfson, is Darrach and MacGregor’s own company, Manne Productions. The performers, who also serve as directors three times a year for Revue and Feast Dinner Theatre productions and on “Boy Meets Girl,” formed the company last year.
“We do have a really good directing relationship and we just seem to work well together. It just works. It makes it easy,” said Darrach. “It’s so great when you have somebody that you creatively work with so well without extra effort. You just get to go and do your job and they kind of know and work the same way.”
The duo didn’t want to limit their working relationship to primarily directing, which is why Manne Productions was formed.
“We direct but we also want to perform a couple times of year. It is good for us as directors but it is also good for us as performers,” she added. “We try to do it a couple of times a year and direct and do as much as we can in the theatre and the arts community.”
“Boy Meets Girls” is their company’s second production, the first of which — “A P.E.I. Love Story” — also was staged in Victoria and featured the duo in starring roles, acting, singing and performing on stage.
Darrach said this production is unique, a story for the whole family, one that will have the audience, at times, laughing and, at others, in tears.
“This is a grown up’s story told through the eyes of children,” said Darrach. “It’s a young relationship that happens in the span of 72 hours. The dialogue is of a child but we play it as adults.”
Of course, with MacGregor, best known to Island audiences as the bassist in the former blues group Bad Habits and now in his own group, Adam MacGregor and The Foes, there’s an eclectic yet familiar mix of music intertwined with the script.
“We have Maritime, primarily Island Maritime music that Adam and I play on two acoustic guitars. And we have some stuff like Rose Cousins, Dave Gunning, that type of feel,” said Darrach. “Adam, of course, musically directed it and incorporated Maritime music because we’re primarily trying to relate to the Island and Maritime audience. That’s kind of where our feel is.”
“Boy Meets Girl” has already been staged at the St. Peters Courthouse Theatre in eastern P.E.I. to largely receptive audiences.
“We had four shows in St. Peters and it went really well,” said Darrach. “It’s the whole double entendre — what the dialogue says might be let’s go have a nap together, which is innocent for five-year-olds but when an adult says that it can mean something entirely different. There’s that play on it and that’s what is really fun.”
“Boy Meets Girl — A Young Love Story,” which is co-directed by another Feast veteran, Alicia Altass, opens Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and continues Thursday to Sunday until Sept. 15 at Victoria Playhouse.
Tickets are available online at www.victoriaplahouse.com or by calling 1-800-925-2025.