The town of Gravenhurst’s long and prestigious history with the performing arts will be on full display this summer with three slices of Canadiana.
For the past 82 years, the Gravenhurst Opera House has brought top-notch entertainment to the area as part of their annual Summer Theatre Series. This year the show’s organizers have put together a lineup with a patriotic flare.
“This year being a Canada 150 celebration, it was, of course, important to find Canadian works and we’re really excited about what we’ve chosen,” says Krista Storey, the Town of Gravenhurst’s manager of arts and culture.
This year’s lineup will consist of three productions – Sexy Laundry, Swing! and Old Wives Tales.
“Dave Campbell, our summer theatre artistic director is always reading material and keeps his ear to the ground for pieces that he thinks will work for our season,” says Storey. “We normally produce four productions in the summer but with such a big musical in the middle (Swing!), we wanted to give it an extra-long run so everyone has the chance to see it.”
As this year’s lineup consists of three productions instead of four, Storey says those interested in purchasing Summer Season Flex Pack will be able to use the fourth voucher for one of their in-house concerts, including the season kick-off gala on May 26.
Campbell, who is fresh off his second stint as choreographer for the Juno Awards, says in the spirit of Canada’s 150th, they’ve been able to secure some top notch Canadian talent for this year’s lineup.
“From directors and designers to actors and musicians, some of Canada’s brightest talent will be in town this summer,” he says. “Come to laugh, come to cry, and of course feel free to dance in the aisles.”
The summer season kicks off with Old Wives’ Tales, a comedy by Kevin Riordan, which runs from June 13 to July 14.
According to Krista Storey, the show is filled with wit and the driest of humour. Audiences should be prepared to laugh, cry, and feel wonderfully human again.
Next up is SWING!, which runs July 19 to August 25.
This big band review takes you back to the time when swing was king. The show features everything from the complex harmonies of The Andrews Sisters to the jungle rhythms of Count Basie. Originally presented at the Charlottetown Festival, Swing! is the brainchild of two Canadian entertainment pioneers: showman Alan Lund and musical legend Howard Cable.
The third instalment of the summer season, Sexy Laundry, runs from Sept. 12 to Sept. 29 Storey describes the play as rough, raw, sincere, and ultimately tender.
To get more information on any of the productions, or to find out where you can purchase tickets, check out the Gravenhurst Opera House website here.