CORNWALL, Ontario - The Upper Canada Playhouse wraps up its regular summer season, with the return of an old friend. A favourite of many area theatre goers, for many years,
actress, Anna Marie Lea, will make her return to eastern Ontario.
“It’s been three years this month that we drove across the country and landed in Alberta,” said Lea who was originally from out west, and returned with
her family when husband, Tom, a pilot, was transferred.
Since then, she has re-established her own theatre company, Cow Patti Theatre, where it originated 17 years ago, and has produced a number of dinner
“When Donnie called in the spring and asked, if I would return to do Cemetery Club I was just thrilled. I think it’s a beautiful play and I’m really
quite honoured to play in it.”
It’s the story of three widows, friends, who get together and go to the grave yard to visit their husbands, she explains. They are at a crossroads as to
how to move forward, while they deal guilt, challenges and desires.
“The sentiment is wonderful in the play, but there is a comic element,” she said. “Through laughter there is learning; it’s a beautiful play; I’m
thrilled and very challenged.”
“It’s one of those terrific shows that has everything to offer the theatre-goer,” said artistic director, Donnie Bowes, who also directs this
production. “The Cemetery Club has entertained audiences in countless productions in the theatres all over the world where critics have called it ‘very
touching and humourous - an evening of pure pleasure that will make you glad you went to the theatre.’”
Joining Lea, who plays the fun-loving Lucille, are Linda Goranson, in the role of Ida, and Patti Kazmer, as Doris. Veteran Playhouse actor, Doug
Tangney, returns to the Playhouse stage as Sam, a widower the ladies meet in a chance encounter at the cemetery, and rounding out the cast is local
actress, Brenda Quesnel.
About her return, Lea says that she I can’t wait to see everyone at the Playhouse and the wonderful audiences. “I don’t know them personally, most of
them, but it’s a wonderful feeling to walk out on that stage know that people appreciate your work.”
The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchel, runs September 5 to 29, with shows Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday,
Sunday at 2pm. Call the box office for further info or for booking, at 613-543-3713 or visit uppercanadaplayhouse.com