A Grand Time In The Rapids

A Grand Time In The Rapids

A Frivolous Fast-Paced Farce

August 19 – September 17
Springer Theatre

"You know, receiving an explanation from someone in a compromising
situation is a privilege. It’s not something you’re owed."




By Stewart Lemoine
Directed by Ron Pederson

  • This door-slamming, drink-throwing, towel-wearing farce will test your manners and tickle your funny bone.

    Ted, a well-intentioned etiquette expert, has arrived at the apartment of Thalia to help her with her romantic troubles. But when her boyfriend Boyd arrives, she has to admit the details of her disastrous past, and the wheels are set in motion for a madcap misunderstanding that is anything but polite!

    “Sheer, giddy pleasure.”
    - Edmonton Journal

    "A rollicking four door farce...You won't stop laughing until the last door has been slammed" ****
    - Edmonton Sun

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    Playing at the Springer Theatre
    from August 19 – September 17

    Springer Theatre Performance Times
    All Tuesday performances start at 7:30 pm
    Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 pm
    Matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm (starting the Sunday after opening)

    Dock Talks
    Join us on the beautiful deck of the Springer Theatre for a chat with the artists from Into the Woods before you see the show! Dock Talks are at 1:30pm on Wednesdays, and 7:00pm on Thursdays.

    Running Time: 2 hours (including intermission)

  • Cast

    Tess Degenstein - Thalia Cumberland
    Paul Dunn - Ted Todd
    Craig Pike - Boyd Mayhew


    Director - Ron Pederson
    Set & Costume Designer - Jung-Hye Kim
    Lighting Designer - Rebecca Picherack
    Stage Manager - Isabelle Ly
    Assistant Director - Jason Hall
    Assistant Director - Eric Morin
    Fight Director - Jonathan Purvis
    Apprentice Stage Manager - Bradley Dunn


    For the Playhouse: Don’t Dress for Dinner (w. WCT), Boeing Boeing (w. WCT), The Importance of Being Earnest
    Elsewhere: Trout Stanley (The Storefront Theatre); The 39 Steps (WCT); Boeing Boeing, Time Stands Still (Theatre Aquarius); The Wizard of Oz, The Alice Nocturne (The Globe Theatre); What Gives?, Revenge of the South Sea Bubble (Teatro la Quindicina); Sylvia (Mayfield); Death of a Salesman, As You Like It (Citadel Theatre); An Almost Perfect Thing (Workshop West, Sterling Nomination); Murdoch Mysteries (CBC Television); and the award-winning web series Space Janitors.
    Upcoming: Blind Date (Theatre Aquarius, Persephone Theatre); Comedy of Errors (Theatre Aquarius, WCT); residency at Det Andre Teatret (Oslo).

    Tess also performs and teaches regularly with a variety of improv companies – most notably Bad Dog Theatre - and she has guested with various troupes around the world – recently in London, Berlin, Oslo, and Vienna.


    For the Playhouse: Debut
    Elsewhere: The Odd Couple, Heidi Chronicles (Soulpepper); You Will Remember Me (Tarragon Theatre/Studio 180); It’s A Wonderful Life (Theatre Aquarius); Steel Magnolias, The Gentleman Clothier, Touch and Go, Stag and Doe (Upper Canada Playhouse); Love With Leila (Unveiled Productions); In the Heights (Theatre Sheridan); Toxicity, British Invasion (Canada’s Wonderland); With Somebody Who Loves Me: A Gay Dansical (Manzo Entertainment).
    Upcoming: The Wizard of Oz (The Grand Theatre); My Night With Reg (Studio 180). 

    Bradley is a graduate of McMaster University and Sheridan College. He would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and support. 


    For the Playhouse: Bed and Breakfast, and a Young Company Guest Instructor
    Elsewhere: Vigil (Theatre New Brunswick); The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, The Cultch, Citadel, Belfry); Pig (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Hair (The Grand Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood Theatre Group); After Akhmatova (Tarragon Theatre); East of Berlin (Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Network, MTC, Vancouver Firehall Theatre); Peter Pan, Dangerous Liaisons, Caesar and Cleopatra, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Elizabeth Rex, Glenn (Stratford Festival, seven seasons); The Goat (Canadian Stage Theatre); After the Orchard (NAC); Hana’s Suitcase (YPT, Citadel Theatre, MTYP). TV/Film: Murdoch Mysteries, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, Elizabeth Rex, Caesar and Cleopatra, Rogue, Reign, Closing the Ring.
    Upcoming:  Bed and Breakfast (Centaur - Spring 2017).

    Paul is a graduate of the National Theatre School and Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts.


    For the Playhouse: Playwright of Violet’s the Pilot, Rose’s Clothes, Third Floor. Assistant Director of Blithe Spirit and Into the Woods.
    Elsewhere: A First Class Death (Vault Festival, UK); 21 Things You Should Know About Toronto’s Crack-Smoking Mayor (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); The Match (Company of Angels/Latitude Festival, UK); Third Floor (Summerworks/Lower Ossington Theatre); Stand Sentry (Rhubarb Festival/Buddies In Bad Times Theatre); GBS (Toronto Fringe Festival/Theatre 503, UK); Eyes Catch Fire (Finborough Theatre, UK).

    Jason is the visiting artist for the 2016 season. He is also a lecturer in Playwriting at Brunel University, London, UK. 


    For the Playhouse: Third Floor, Driving Miss Daisy, Don’t Dress For Dinner
    Elsewhere:  Armstrong’s War (Canadian Rep Theatre); Durango (Fu-gen Theatre and Theatre Smash); Small Axe (Project Humanity and The Theatre Centre); Minotaur (YPT); Pacamambo (Canadian Rep Theatre); Passion Play (Outside the March, Convergence Theatre and Sheep No Wool Production); Boblo (Kitchenband Production and The Theatre Centre, Dora nomination for outstanding set design);The Great Mountain (Red Sky Performance with YPT); Pub Opera (Tapestry New Opera); After Akmatova (Tarragon Theatre); Montparnasse (Theatre Passe Muraille and Groundwater Theatre, Dora nomination for outstanding costume design); The Middle Place (Canstage, Project Humanity, Belfry Theatre, GCTC); The Big League (Young People’s Theatre); If We Were Birds (Tarragon Theatre and Groundwater Theatre).

    Upcoming: Snow Queen (Theatre New Brunswick)


    For the Playhouse: Eleventh season, credits include: Blithe Spirit, Tuesdays With Morrie, Driving Miss Daisy, Boeing Boeing
    Elsewhere: Five seasons with Western Canada Theatre; Mary Poppins (WCT/Persephone Theatre); Mockingbird (Next Stage Theatre Festival); Infinity (Volcano Theatre/Tarragon Theatre); Palace of the End (Canadian Stage); The Eco Show, Insomnia (Necessary Angel); What Lies Before Us (Crow’s Theatre/Canadian Stage); Interim School Technical Coordinator and rehearsal ASM on the world premiere of Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Winnipeg Ballet).

    Upcoming: Remount of Blithe Spirit at Western Canada Theatre, and the remount and regional tour of Infinity (Volcano Theatre/Tarragon Theatre).

    Isabelle is a Toronto-based stage manager and graduate of the drama department at Queen’s University. On top of stage managing, she has held various marketing and public relations positions with Thousand Islands Playhouse, The Corporation of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall, Nightwood Theatre, Soundstreams, and the Luminato Festival.


    For the Playhouse: Into the Woods, The Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee
    Elsewhere: City of Angels (Theatre By the Bay); Falsettos (Acting Up Stage); The Three Musketeers, Little Women, Midsummer Nights Dream,A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Shakespeare in the Park (Canadian Stage); Next to Normal (The Arts Club); The Wizard of Oz (a Ross Petty Production); Footloose (Drayton Entertainment). 

    Upcoming: The North American tour of Catalyst’s VIGILANTE.

    Eric is a multi-disciplinary artist and has worked and collaborated with some of Canada’s most distinguished artists and theatre companies. Eric is a graduate of the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Training Program (2011/12), earned his BFA at the Ryerson Theatre School, and attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Earlier this year, Eric was the assistant director for Das Ding (The Thing), which will have its Playhouse debut this fall. His work and involvement in past productions have been recognized for the Dora, Sterling, Jessie, and Ovation Award.


    For The Playhouse: As actor: Into the Woods, She Loves Me!
    Elsewhere: Soulpepper Theatre Company, Stratford, Tarragon, The Canadian Stage Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, Citadel, MTC, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club, Belfry Theatre, FreeWill Shakespeare Festival, Catalyst Theatre, ATP,  Teatro La Quindicina, SummerWorks. Film & Television: MADtv- 3 Seasons (FOX), The Late Late Show (CBS), Murdoch Mysteries, Insecurity (CBC), Degrassi (CTV) SideKick (YTV).

    Ron has a Dora Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical 2016, and Best Actor 2014. He also has Jessie and Merrit Award nominations. He is a recipient of the SummerWorks Performance Award, Sterling Award, RBC Arts Professional Award, and Multiple Canadian Comedy Awards including: Best Improviser 2011. A Founding Member of National Theatre of the World, and the Artistic Producer of the Theatre Department.


    For the Playhouse: Bed and Breakfast
    Elsewhere: Shaw Festival, Blyth Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Volcano, National Arts Centre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, The Theatre Centre. 

    Rebecca has received three Dora Awards for outstanding lighting design.


    For the Playhouse: Third Floor   
    Elsewhere: Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Habib’s Unforgettable All Night House Party (RCA/Western Canada Theatre); Stag and Doe (Lighthouse Theatre/Festival Players); Baco Noir (Theatre Orangeville); FishSkin Trousers, A Number* (Cart/Horse Theatre); Mary Poppins (Theatre St.John’s); Misalliance, French Without Tears, Drama at Inish, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Cherry Orchard, John Bulls Other Island (Shaw Festival); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Lyndesfarne Theatre); The Skriker (Blackguard Theatre Company); Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (The Classical Theatre Project); The Crackwalker (Staged and Confused); Flux (Flux Collective); The Paper Bag Princess (The Grand Theatre); The Last Man Hanged, Ring Around the Moon, Romeo & Juliet (Gairbraid Theatre); The Listener (CTV Television); Twitchers (Sun TV). 

    Craig is a founding conductor of That Choir in Toronto (www.thatchoir.com), and owner of Craig’s Cookies (www.craigscookies.com). He is a Dora Award Nominee. 


    For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Little Shop of Horrors
    Elsewhere: Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, Comedy of Errors (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); West Side Story (Citadel Theatre); Evangeline (Charlottetown Theatre & Citadel Theatre); Romeo & Juliet (Citadel Theatre); I Am For You (Concrete Theatre); Singin’ in the Rain (Chemainus Theatre); Spamalot (Citadel Theatre); The Penelopiad (Citadel Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Three Musketeers (Citadel Theatre); Little Women: The Musical(Citadel Theatre); Love’s Labours Lost (Calgary Shakespeare Company); Dying City; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Calgary); The Forbidden Phoenix (Citadel Theatre, YPT, & MTYP); Beauty and the Beast: The Musical (Theatre Calgary & Citadel); Almost Maine. 
    Upcoming: Crazy For You (Citadel Theatre & Theatre Calgary).

  • Photos

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  • Press

    A Grand Time was had in the Rapids
    Theatre is Voice. August 22, 2016
    We’re here again at the time in the playhouse season where I struggle with what to say about a show. This is simply because I don’t really enjoy a farce. Don’t… Read More

    Theatre Review: “A Grand Time in the Rapids” at the 1000 Islands Playhouse
    North Country Public Radio. August 25, 2016 
    “A Grand Time in the Rapids” by award-winning Canadian playwright Stewart Lemoine is billed as “a frivolous fast-paced farce” and it certainly is. It features Thalia… Read More

    Playhouse Invites All to a ‘Grand Time in the Rapids’
    The Gananoque Reporter. August 25, 2016
    Manners and etiquette are the very threads that weave the fabric of society together. After all, without them, where would we be? Where indeed! “A Grand Time In The… Read More

    A grand madcap comedy
    The Kingston Whig-Standard. August 25, 2016
    If this sweltering summer has made you a bit crankier than usual, then the latest offering from the Thousand Islands Playhouse is sure to bring some much-needed… Read More

    A Grand Time in the Rapids Theater Review
    WWNYTV 7 NEWS/FOX 28. August 25, 2016
    A Grand Time in the Rapids is a delightful trifle, a frivolous frolic, expertly executed by the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Tess Degenstein plays Thalia Cumberland… Read More

    A Grand Time in the Rapids, Light-Hearted Farce at the 1000 Islands Playhouse
    Capital Critics' Circle. August 25, 2016
    A Grand Time in the Rapids” by award-winning Canadian playwright Stewart Lemoine is billed as “a frivolous fast-paced farce” and it certainly is. It features Thalia… Read More


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