The After Hours Theatre put on its first summer production on July 4 – 7.
The show was performed on stage at the Serenity Performing Arts’ Dessert Deck between Vavenby and Birch Island.
Tickets for the show included your choice of cheesecake and beverage.
There were three small very humorous one act plays and between plays the audience was entertained by the wonderful music of the group Contender, made up of Valerie and John Gerber, Wilf and Colleen Rothwell, and Erin Dawson.
The first play was called Final Curtain. It was about a family arguing with each other in their dying father’s/grandfather’s hospital room.
When certain words were uttered the body on the bed would rise to a near sitting position and quote Shakespeare.
The doctor made periodic visits into the room and gave the family very vague predictions.
Krystle Moilliet directed this play.
Neal Broswick directed the second play, Must the Show Go On.
It was a play within a play where everything goes wrong. One actress has a cold and can’t stop sneezing, one doesn’t know her lines, one actress loses her dress when the button comes off, and props don’t work on time.
Alex Arduini directed the third play, which was titled Can’t You See We’re Acting? An elderly couple goes to watch a play. The man has forgotten his hearing aids so his wife repeats everything that is said.
She has a snack in her purse that she starts to eat, doesn’t like it, and spits it out.
Finally one of the actors gets so mad he screams, “Can’t you see we’re acting?” and storms off the stage. The play had the audience laughing hard.
The cast, made up of Shay Pearson, Steve Raschke, Alex Arduini, Matt Vollans who provided the voice for the father/grandfather in the first play, Neal Broswick, and Krystle Moilliet, had two weeks for rehearsals and one week of performances. They were all splendid in their roles.
Involved in the production were Crystal Wadlegger, who made the costumes, Robert Wallington, who looked after lighting and sound, and Mary-Ellen Razeau, who was stage manager. She was the one who raised the upper body in the first play by pulling on a wire that could not be seen by the audience.
All of the audience, young and old, loved the plays. One person thought that the plays just got funnier and funnier.
After Hours Theatre once again provided a great evening out.
Krystle Moilliet founded After Hours Theatre four years ago to bring fun and a great night out for all to the North Thompson Valley. She has again reached her goal.