Vagabond Theatre is in mid-rehearsal for their up-coming production of Sex Please We’re Sixty, by Michael and Susan Parker, which opens on November 9, at Dream Builder Studio.
This farce is written by the same couple who wrote such audience favourites as Hot Bed Hotel, The Sensuous Senator and the Amorous Ambassador - plays which have enjoyed sold out audiences in recent seasons at the Upper Canada Playhouse, said director, Laurie McRae Bingley.
This one centres around a bed and breakfast, and “all the hilarity and mayhem that ensues,” thanks to “some mix-ups and misunderstandings” which inevitably occur. “I don’t want to give too much away,” says McRae Binley, but suffices to say the audience will be in for some good laughs.
“The cast is wonderful.”
Mrs. Stancliffe, played by Laurie Manzer, is the owner of the B&B who is kept very busy by a full house of guests and daily marriage proposals, for the last 20 years, by her neighbour, Henry Mitchell (Jean Leger), a chemist who has invented the female equivalent to Viagra.
Adding to the aforementioned mayhem is another neighbour, Bud Davis (Alan Mills), who helps himself to the reservation list in search of prospective dates.
“There’s a lot of physical comedy, innuendo, in and out of the doors and certain amount of timing involved,” says Manzer.
“The plot is clever; it’s fun for every one because they kind of know what’s coming but they don’t really know what’s coming. They know there’s some kind of mix-up and wait to see how everything turns out,” added Mills.
Rounding off the cast are romance novelist, Victoria Ambrose, played by Janice Blackadder; Janice Meyer who plays southern belle, Charmaine Beauregard; and Cathy Doyle Parent, as Hillary Hudson, friend of Henry’s.
Although this is her first foray into directing for Vagabond, McRae Bingley is no stranger to the theatre. As the artistic director for her own murder mystery troop, Murder On The Funny Side, she writes the scripts and performs in the shows.
As the director, she says that she loves to sit back and see what the actors can actually pull from their characters, and the evolution from there. “It’s nice to be able to give direction. I thought I would miss being on the stage, but I’m actually really enjoying being on this side.”
This production is proudly participating in the Eastern Ontario Drama League’s “Spring Play Traveling Festival.” A public adjudication will take place after the show on the 11th. Top plays of the festival, which ends in April, will compete in the all-Ontario contest in May.
Produced by Dan Youmelle, Sex Please We’re Sixty runs Nov 9, 10, 11, (matinee 1:30) 15, 16, 17. Eight o’clock curtain for evening show. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Scotiabank or Seaway Valley Tourism.