Playhouse opener takes a look at small town weddings

Playhouse opener takes a look at small town weddings
Pictured (L-R) from the cast of Stag and Doe are Parris Greaves; Jody Osmond; Perry Mucci; Colleen Sutton.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Upper Canada Playhouse kicks off its summer season with a show that’s all about a popular June event… Weddings… And you’re all invited!

It’s usually a happy time as brides and grooms plan for that perfect day, when everything goes right, explains artistic director, Donnie Bowes, who also directs this production, but in Stag and Doe, by Mark Crawford,everything goes wrong!

“This is one of the most popular new shows to hit the Ontario theatre scene,” said Bowes. “It’s familiar territory to anyone who’s planned a wedding or organized a stag and doe to raise funds for the happy couple-to-be.”

Set in a typical, rural community hall kitchen, the play takes a hilarious look at the pressures leading up to the big day. Things go from bad to worse when one couple’s stag and doe ends up being held at the same hall on the same night as another couple’s wedding reception. 

Once again, The Playhouse has assembled a fabulous cast of new and familiar talent for this season’s opener.

Returning are Parris Greaves and Jody Osmond who play the hapless couple Mandy and Rob. Ironically, Greaves and Osmond are planning a September wedding in real life, so their onstage rocky relationship will be a source of entertainment for the entire cast (and audience members in the know).

Last seen as the affable magician in last season’s Lights, Camera Christmas, Zach Counsil, is back as Brad, and Perry Mucci, known for his comic turns in past comedies, Who’s Wives Are They Anyway and The Sensuous Senator, returns to play caterer, Jay.

Newcomers Julia Lederer is Bonnie and Colleen Sutton plays maid of honour, Dee.

Bowes says that he has been looking forward to staging this new show. “I saw it last summer at another theatre and knew we had do our own production here this year. It’s a funny, down to earth show that everyone can relate to. Stories like this are happening in small towns everywhere. But not with so much chaos, I hope!”

Stag and Doe runs from June 11 to July 5, followed by two new Norm Foster plays, Hilda’s Yard and The Gentleman Clothier, and ending the regular season with the classic comedy, Touch and Go.

The fall will also be entertainment-packed with Lucien and Jimmy the Janitor paying a visit, and another sensational live concert, Midnight Hour: Memories of Rhythm and Blues. The season wraps up with the fabulous holiday show Have Yourself A Swinging Little Country Christmas.

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