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Thousand Islands Playhouse 2017 Season

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Boom

BOOM

THE EXPLOSIVE STORY OF A GENERATION

Written, Directed, and Performed by Rick Miller
A Kidoons and WYRD Production

May 24 – June 10
Springer Theatre

This stage documentary chronicles the iconic moments that shaped the Baby Boom generation from 1945 – 1969. Hear from 100 influential figures of the era through masterful impressions, and touching personal stories. Take a journey through 25 riveting years where music, politics, and culture merged like never before, and perhaps never again.

 

Million Dollar Quartet

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

A RED-HOT ROCK & ROLL MUSICAL

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Produced in Association with Sudbury Theatre Centre, Sudbury, ON

June 16 – July 15
Springer Theatre

On December 4, 1956, history was made when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley gathered for an impromptu jam session at Sun Records, the birthplace of Rock & Roll. Step inside the recording studio for this seminal moment in music history and hear the rock hits that you know and love.

 

Maggie and Pierre

MAGGIE AND PIERRE

THE MAKING OF CANADA’S MOST FAMOUS ROMANCE

By Linda Griffiths with Paul Thompson 

July 7 – 30
Firehall Theatre

Young Maggie Sinclair is a free spirited flowerchild. Pierre Trudeau is nearing 50, urbane, charismatic, and the future Prime Minister of Canada. When this unlikely pair finds one another, they fall in love, and dominate the international media for the next decade. This Canadian classic is a tour de force one-woman play about the pressures of power and fame under the media spotlight.

 

Leading Ladies

LEADING LADIES

A FUN FROTHY FARCE 

By Ken Ludwig

July 21 – August 19
Springer Theatre

In this screwball comedy by the author of Lend Me a Tenor, two down-on-their-luck actors hear that an old lady is about to die and leave her fortune to her long lost nephews. They decide to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives in order to get the inheritance. Their plan becomes a lot more complicated when they find out that the relatives aren’t, in fact, nephews…but nieces.

 

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

ONLY DRUNKS AND CHILDREN TELL THE TRUTH

A COMEDY ABOUT COMING HOME

By Drew Hayden Taylor
Produced in Association with Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC

August 11 – 26
Firehall Theatre

Grace, an Indigenous woman adopted by a white family, is asked by her birth sister to return to the reserve for their mother’s funeral. Afraid of opening old wounds, Grace must find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present. She struggles to connect her two lives in this heartwarming and hilarious story about coming home.

 

Comedy of Errors

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

A SHAKESPEAREAN FARCE WITH A VAUDEVILLE TWIST

By William Shakespeare
Produced in Association with Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC and Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton, ON

August 25 – September 16
Springer Theatre

Two sets of estranged twins, separated at birth, find themselves in the same city 25 years later with hilarious consequences. This series of mistaken identities, assumed personas, and wild mishaps is performed in a new vaudeville-style adaptation by a cast of only 5 actors (with lightning fast quick changes)!

 

The Birds and the Bees

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

A ROMANTIC COMEDY WITH A BIT OF BUZZ

By Mark Crawford
Produced in Association with Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC

September 22 – October 15
Springer Theatre

Sarah, a turkey farmer, has just left her husband and moved back home with her mother, a beekeeper. They live across the road from Earl, a farmer who’s been keeping busy with a long list of ladies ever since his divorce. Things get interesting when Ben, an eager young grad student, arrives to study the declining bee population. This raucously funny new comedy tackles sex, love, science, family, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.