Concert evokes memories of the 60s

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Pictured is the cast of Memories of the Summer of Love which opened up the 2014 for The Upper Canada Playhouse, on April 22, and runs until May 4.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The Upper Canada Playhouse kicked off its sure-to-be-stellar summer season, on Saturday night, with the very entertaining, live concert, Memories of the Summer of Love, which runs until May 4.

Featuring three fabulous singers backed by an incredible four-piece band, the audience was treated to the music of such legendary artists as The Beach Boys, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Monkees, Peter, Paul & Mary, Sonny & Cher, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas & Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, and many more.

The show, which premiered at Lighthouse Festival Theatre, in 2004, “reflects the age of the folk movement, civil rights, peace, love and good vibrations,” said Bowes, with such nostalgia-inspiring classics as Ferry Cross The Mersey, Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying, There’s a Kind Of Hush, Daydream Believer, I Got You Babe, Blowin’ In The Wind, If You Could Read My Mind Love, Me And Bobby Magee, Mr. Tambourine Man, California Dreamin’ and Bridge Over Troubled Water, among so many others.

“The Playhouse concerts have been a popular addition to its comedy season and Memories of the Summer of Love has already been extended due to popular demand,” said Bowes. “The talent on stage at any one time is amazing.” 

The Playhouse season continues, June 5 to 29 with the comedy, A Bedfull of Foreigners; followed by The Ladies Foursome, the new and hilarious sequel to Norm Foster’s The Foursome, July 3 to 27; the classic farce Lend Me A Tenor July 31 to August 24; On A First Name Basis, another Foster hit starring the playwright himself, running September 4 to 28, In the final show of the regular summer season, Norm Foster returns with a show that he has been appearing in, himself. 

The play is about a cranky writer who has had a maid for the last 28 years but has never been bothered to ask what her name is.

“I went to see it and it was just electrifying,” said Bowes. “It’s hysterically funny. There’s a real dynamic between these two people who have nothing in common, and yet for two hours you’re just totally enwrapped in the story that they are telling. I think the audience is really going to like it. Nobody does his material like he does.”

The fall concert, Memories of Rock & Roll, starring Playhouse favourite, Aaron Solomon, runs from October 16 to 26; and finishing of the year, wonderful musical-comedy Christmas show, Lights, Camera… Christmas!

The TV Christmas Special That Nearly Never Was, November 27 to December 14. For further details, contact Upper Canada Playhouse, at 613-543-3713/ 1-877-550-3650, or visit www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.

Also on stage in our community, the Seaway Valley Theatre Company is wrapping up rehearsals on their production of Moon over Buffalo, by Ken Ludwig, which runs May 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, at 7:30; and May 4, matinee 1:30, at Dream Builders Studios, 2107 Second St., W.

Tickets are $20 (plus handling fee where applicable) and can be purchased at admission.com, at the Civic Complex box office and at the door. Visit www.svtc.ca for further details.

Organizations: Upper Canada Playhouse, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Ferry Cross The Mersey Seaway Valley Theatre Company Dream Builders

Geographic location: Ontario, Buffalo

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