Morrisburg’s Upper Canada Playhouse has announced its new line-up for 2018, marking the theatre’s 35th year of producing professional live theatre. It is one of the longest-running professional theatres in the province and enjoys one of the consistently largest audiences of approximately 40,000 annually. The theatre’s audience is comprised of local residents from the many surrounding communities, the neighbouring larger urban areas of Cornwall, Brockville and Ottawa as well as Montreal and Northern New York State. The theatre has become a tourism generator that substantially contributes to the local economy by attracting a large number of visitors and bus tours to the area.
The 2018 season will reflect the winning formula that appeals to the theatre’s audiences with spring and fall live concerts, a 4-show summer theatre series of a variety of comedies and a Christmas family show with added school performances.
Leading off April 24-29 is the new live concert, Opry Gold, by Leisa Way and her band. Popular with Playhouse audiences for her past hits Across The Pond, Oh Canada, We Sing For Thee and tributes to Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, Opry Gold will feature hits of the Kings and Queens of Country Music-from Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Kenny Rogers to Tammy Wynette, Toby Keith, George Jones and many more.
To kick off the summer season, The Playhouse has snagged the rights for the first production of a new comedy, It’s Your Funeral, by Jamie Williams running June 7-30. It’s a hilarious do or die comedy that’s destined to be a summer theatre classic. George attempts to deal with his gambling problem by opening a new business- Heaven’s Door Funeral Home. His efforts to pull off his first high profile event are reduced to chaos by inept and wacky employees, a gambling problem, money-laundering, bad news from his doctor and a visit from his former bookie!
Next up July 5-29 is Knickers! by Sarah Quick, a comedy about a group of ladies who meet weekly at Weight Watchers. After the local pulp mill closes, they try to boost their small town’s spirit and economy by starting a custom underwear business.
A hilarious and timely comedy about coping with tough times and fighting for your community.
Neil Simon’s comedy Plaza Suite follows August 2-26 and treats audiences to three different scenes where three different couples rent the same suite at three different times-each with their own wildly entertaining predicaments. A classic comedy brimming with wit and wisdom.
Closing the summer season is the new Norm Foster comedy The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby playing September 6-30. A city banker gets stuck in a sleepy town and is embroiled in the lives of the locals on the day of their annual search for a famous fish. A comedy complete with romance, broken hearts and a shark attack.
The Playhouse season continues October 12-14 with a limited engagement of one of its most popular concerts, Derek Marshall and Nicholas Arnold, backed by a dynamite band, with their concert presentation of Dean & Jerry: What Might Have Been created by Jesse Collins. It’s a live concert with a BIG difference-musical hits and hilarious bits from the most famous comedy duo of the 50’s-Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Plus a peak at their real-life relationship, begging the question ‘what if they had never split’?
The original Playhouse engagement sold out the day after it opened, so audiences are advised to book early for this one.
The 2018 Season comes to a magical and musical finale November 30-December 23 with its holiday family show, The Christmas Express by Pat Cook. The little town of Holly is about to lose its train station and the Christmas Express has not passed through in years. Until a magical and mysterious fellow arrives and changes everyone’s lives. A wonderful show for all ages with a fabulous concert of Christmas music performed by singers, dancers, musicians and a large local community choir.
There will be public and school performances. The show will also run longer and closer to Christmas this season to accommodate audience demand.
Audiences are reminded that the current 2017 Christmas Show, Mistletoe Magic, runs December 1-17. Starring Leisa Way and her fabulous band, it’s a live concert of traditional and modern Christmas music, toe-tapping fiddling, dancing reindeer and visits from Dolly Parton and even from St. Nick himself.
The Playhouse Box Office is now booking 2018 flex passes, tickets, group and bus tours on November 6 and staff have been swamped. Audiences are advised to book early to get the dates and seats they prefer.
Contact Box Office: in person or at 613-543-3713. 1-877-550-3650 or uppercanadaplayhouse.com.