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Acadian Musical Village launches first-ever Christmas dinner theatre

Cast members of “Le Mariage d Élizabeth” take a break from rehearsals for the Christmas dinner theatre that opens Dec. 7 in Abram-Village. Front row from left are Nick Arsenault (Jean-Guy, the farmer), Marianne Rousselle (Tarzille) and Marguerite Gallant (Perpétue). Back row, from left, are Zita Arsenault (daughter-in-law Angèle) and Sandy Arsenault (the engaged granddaughter, Elizabeth). SUBMITTED PHOTO
Cast members of “Le Mariage d Élizabeth” are from left front row, Nick Arsenault (Jean-Guy, the farmer), Marianne Rousselle (Tarzille) and Marguerite Gallant (Perpétue). Back row, from left, are Zita Arsenault (daughter-in-law Angèle) and Sandy Arsenault (Elizabeth).

ABRAM VILLAGE, P.E.I. – Conflicts in every direction, tons of laughter, a delicious turkey supper and beautiful Christmas music – these are some of the things that people can expect from the first-ever French Christmas dinner-theatre show that the Acadian Musical Village is producing in December.

“Le Mariage d Élizabeth” or “Elizabeth’s Marriage” is Nancy Smith’s first play. And she’s excited to see what kind of reaction she’ll get from audiences attending the show that runs Dec. 7, 9 and 14.

So is Marcel Bernard, president of the Acadian Musical Village’s board of directors.

“We’ve been talking about trying such an adventure for several years. But, this year, we decided to take the plunge and to mount a Christmas-time production.

“We hope that Islanders who usually come and watch our summer shows will check out this new production,” he says.

To ensure the success of her show, Smith brought in a troupe of local theatre veterans, including Marianne Rousselle, who starred for several years as the feisty grandma in the former “La Cuisine à Mémé” dinner-theatre in Mont-Carmel.

Smith, who is also the director, says Rousselle will play Tarzille, a grandmother who too often sticks her nose in other people’s business. She is joined by Marguerite Gallant, Zita Arsenault and Nick Arsenault in a tale about trying to find Mr. Right for her granddaughter, Elizabeth, played by Sandy Arsenault.

Special guests will be welcomed to the stage during this evening of comedy and music.

The dinner theatre begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $38 for adults and $20 for children (taxes included). To reserve and buy tickets, call the Acadian Musical Village at 902-854-3300 or Smith at 902-854-2072.

 

 

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