Harbourfront Players bringing Norm Foster’s risqué comedy 'Bedtime Stories' to Summerside


Published on May 10, 2017

Shelley Schurman and Vernon Campbell get cozy during a rehearsal of “Bedtime Stories,” the latest offering from Summerside’s Harbourfront Players.

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A radio DJ pays a middle-aged couple $5,000 to have sex live on air.

If that plotline doesn’t grab attention, nothing will. 

In fact, that steamy, and funny, story is just one vignette used to frame five more like it in playwright Norm Foster’s comedy “Bedtime Stories.”

The Harbourfront Players, a long-running amateur theatre troop based out of Summerside’s Harbourfront Theatre, have decided to tackle “Bedtime Stories” for its upcoming series of shows and have been busy rehearsing.

Director Marlane O'Brien believes the show will touch a cord with local audiences.

“There’s a lot of ‘every man’ up there on that stage in various forms. It’s Norm Foster – very cleverly written, it’s got a lot of laughs, but also some heart and soul,” said O’Brien.

“Bedtime Stories” is playing at the Harbourfront Theatre for a limited run. Opening night is May 12. There will also be shows on May 13 and 14, and 19 and 20. The curtain will rise at 7:30 p.m. for each show, expect Mother’s Day which will be a 2 p.m. matinee.

In addition to the radio scene noted earlier, “Bedtime Stories” features several other separate, but interconnected, scenes all set around a bed. There’s a stripper who is terrible at her job, an aged rocker who imparts fatherly advice on a wannabe groupie and more.

All of the sexual innuendo and laughs in the show posed some unique challenges for the cast. Including a lot of giggling, said Steph Betts, one of two executive members of the players and the actor playing the aforementioned radio DJ.

“We just get it out and the next time try to be serious. Last night we had a rehersal and there was a point where we couldn’t stop laughing. So it’s fun to do this kind of show,” she said.

Betts has done a number of shows with the players and has enjoyed every one, she said, which is why she keeps coming back.

“We’re all of the same kind of tribe. We’re all looking to feel alive, because you’re never more alive then when you have to leave the wings and go out on stage, it’s scarier than jumping from a plane.”

For tickets visit the Harbourfront Theatre box office in person during business hours or online anytime at www.harbourfronttheatre.com.

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