Salt-Water Moon

October 11 – November 2
Springer Theatre

“There’s never been a night like this before, and there’ll never be another!”


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By David French

  • August, 1926, Coley’s Point Newfoundland: Eighteen-year-old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to his tiny hometown, hoping to win back his former sweetheart Mary Snow. But Mary, now engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, is still hurt by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year before. And though the beautiful salt-water moon works its magic on the lovers, Mary will not be easily wooed…

    SALT-WATER MOON won the 1985 Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Drama, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Hollywood Drama-Logue Critics’ Award, and was a finalist for the 1985 Governor-General’s Award for Drama.

    “A gem of a play, an old-fashioned love song that is affecting, funny, and evocative as a dream.”
    – The Globe and Mail
    “Tender as a caress, delicate as a love poem… tremendous!”
    – Southam News
    “This is a lovely play, lovingly written… We’ve not met the likes of Mary and Jacob on any stage in many a long day. You’ll not soon forget them.”
    – Hollywood Drama-Logue
    “SALT-WATER MOON shines.”
    – Philadelphia Daily News
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    Playing at the Springer Theatre from October 11 to November 2, 2013

    Evening Performances: Tuesday through Saturday 8:00PM
    Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 2:30PM
    Student Matinee: Wednesday, October 30 11:00AM

    Running Time:
 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Cast

    Jacob Mercer: Edward Charette
    Mary Snow: Shannon Taylor

    Creative Team

    Direction: Ashlie Corcoran
    Set Design: Elizabeth Nutting
    Costume Design: Jayne Christopher
    Lighting Design: Michael Walton
    Sound Design: John Gzowski
    Stage Management: Natasha Bean-Smith
    Apprentice Stage Manager: Kyle Beres
    Assistant Director: Ari Weinberg
    Diction Coach: Craig Pike

    edwardcharettehsEDWARD CHARETTE (Jacob Mercer)
    Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: Orpheus Descending, Happy EndMan of Mode, Little Women (George Brown); Normal (Hamilton Fringe). Edward recently appeared in the One/Space TV series Bitten, in the film Fragile Minds in the lead role of Kal. As well, he has voiced a variety of characters on the animated series Marco Polo. Other: Jacob Mercer has always been a favorite role, and Edward is delighted to be a part of the company here at TIP.

    shannontaylorhsSHANNON TAYLOR (Mary Snow)
    For the Playhouse:  Debut. Elsewhere:  Hamlet, Maid for a Musket (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Scenes from the Bathhouse (Talk is Free Theatre); When the World Was Green, The Jones Boy (Surface/Underground Theatre); Pride and Prejudice (National Arts Centre/Theatre Calgary co-production); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Women: the Musical (Citadel Theatre); Johnny Belinda (Montgomery   Theatre, PEI); Madonna Painter (Factory Theatre); The Sound Of Music, Inherit the Wind (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). Other:  Shannon was a participant of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program; Nightwood Theatre’s Emerging Actors Program and is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. She was nominated for a Dora Award for her performance in The Jones Boy. Much gratitude to Ashlie Corcoran, my family and Peter.

    ashliecorcoranhsASHLIE CORCORAN (Director)
    For the Playhouse: Artistic Director since November 1, 2012.  Director for Third Floor, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Elsewhere:  As Director: The Magic Flute (Opera Philadelphia); Don Giovanni, Le Lauréat, Three Sisters Who are Not Sisters (The Glenn Gould School, RCM); The Brothers Grimm, Isis and The Seven Scorpions, Cinderella, The Bear (Canadian Opera Company); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre). As Artistic Producer & Director: Tiny Dynamite, Tijuana Cure, A Boy Called Newfoundland, The Ugly One (Theatre Smash). Upcoming: The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times); The Ugly One (Theatre Smash/TarragonTheatre); Waiting for the Parade (Western Canada Theatre).

    elizabethnuttinghsELIZABETH NUTTING (Set Designer)
    For the Playhouse: As Set and Costume Designer: The 39 Steps, The Summer of My  Amazing Luck. Elsewhere: As Costume Designer: The 39 Steps (Stage West); As Set Designer: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Showboat). As Set Designer: The Right Road  to Pontypool (4thLine); As Assistant Set and Costume Designer: More Fine Girls  (Tarragon Theatre). Other: Elizabeth has recently entered the event industry, working as Creative Director with maph productions. She would like to thank Ashlie for bringing her back to where it all began, and the entire production crew (past and present) at the Playhouse for their everlasting support.

    jaynechristopherhsJAYNE CHRISTOPHER (Costume Designer)
    For the Playhouse: 23rd Season in the Thousand Islands Playhouse Wardrobe;  designs for many TIP Young Company Productions; costume design for Henry & Alice: Into the Wild, Drowning Girls, Marvellous Wonderettes, Forever Plaid, Old LoveElsewhere: Hair, Grease, Nunsense, Fiddler on the Roof, White Christmas, Three Penny Opera, 42nd Street (St Lawrence College Musical Theatre Program); Winter Wonderettes (Theatre Kingston). Other: Jayne is a happy resident of Gananoque, and the proud Mum of Jessica and Laura.

    michaelwaltonhsMICHAEL WALTON (Lighting Designer)
    For the Playhouse: The Clockmaker. Elsewhere: (selected) Fiddler on the Roof, Othello, The Three Musketeers, Henry V, The Matchmaker, A Word or Two, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, The Tempest, As You Like It, King of Thieves, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (Stratford Festival); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse, California); Venus in Fur, Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage); Albert Herring, Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera); Next to Normal (TC/Citadel); The Rocky Horror Show, The Three Musketeers, Little Women (Citadel Theatre); And Slowly Beauty (Belfry/NAC/Tarragon); The Year of Magical Thinking (Belfry/NAC/Tarragon); The 39 Steps, A   Christmas Carol, Oliver!, Blood Brothers (Theatre Aquarius); East of Berlin (Tarragon Theatre).

    johngzowskihsJOHN GZOWSKI (Sound Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: As a Sound Designer and Composer credits include: Misalliance, His Girl Friday, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and others (Shaw Festival); War of the Worlds (Art of Time Ensemble); 4.48 Psychosis(Necessary Angel); The Crucible, Home, Long Days Journey Into Night, and others (Soulpepper  Theatre Company); The Doll House, Coyote Ugly (DVxT Theatre); Touch the Sky, Blue Planet (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People); The Little One, Other People’s Children, Decalogue, and others (Tarragon Theatre); Cruel and  Tender, Clean House (The Canadian Stage Company); Mrs Warren’s Profession (MTC).  Other: John has worked extensively in modern dance, composed new music and studied world music. Nominated for twelve Dora Awards (he won five of them) and one Juno, with Maza Meze.

    natashabeansmithhsNATASHA BEAN-SMITH (Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: Richard III, Two Gents (Shakespeare in the Ruff); The Ugly One (Theatre Smash); Short Story Long (Literary Tour de Force). As Assistant Stage Manager: Billy Elliot the Musical (Mirvish Productions); The 39  Steps   (Globe Theatre); The Magic Flute, Der Freischütz, Assistant Stage Manager for the Don Giovanni Tour (Opera Atelier); La Tragédie de Carmen (The Banff Centre); Banana Boys (Fu-Gen). Other:  Concert Manager for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Tour Manager for Opera Atelier’s production of Lully’s Armide (Versailles, France Tour). Graduate of the Performance Production program at Ryerson University.

    kylebereshsKYLE BERES (Apprentice Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: As Apprentice Stage Manager: The (Post) Mistress, Third Floor, The Clockmaker, Drowning Girls. As Head Technician: Bright Bold Stories. Elsewhere: As Stage Manager: Vigil (Theatre Kingston); Dust (Queen’s University Drama Department). As Technician: Blue/Orange, The Grandkid (Theatre Kingston). Other: Kyle is thrilled to be a part of this fabulous production. She would like to say a special thank you to her family and friends for all that they have taught her and for the never ending support and encouragement. Enjoy the show!

    ariweinberghsARI WEINBERG (Assistant Director)
    For the Playhouse:  Debut. Elsewhere: As Assistant Director: Sweeney Todd (Theatre Sheridan); Anyone Can Whistle (Talk is Free Theatre). As Actor: Peter Pan (Stratford Festival); Romeo and Juliet (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Hana’s Suitcase (Magnus Theatre); Anne of Green Gables (Globe Theatre); The Mousetrap, Swing!, Oliver (Drayton Entertainment). Other: The services of Ari Weinberg were made possible through Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program, funded by the Ontario Arts Council. Ari is grateful to Theatre Ontario for this experience. Special thanks to Ashlie, for all her support!

    CRAIG PIKE (Diction Coach) For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: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); 72 Hour Survival Guide (Three Sheets Theatre Company); 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). Other: Founding conductor of That Choir in Toronto (

  • Photos

    Official show photography by Jay Kopinski. Click each thumbnail for a larger image.

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    Edward Charette as Jacob Mercer, Shannon Taylor as Mary Snow.


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  • Reviews

    4/5 STARS
    Playhouse closes with a classic
    -Greg Burliuk, Kingston Whig Standard

    Salt-Water Moon Makes Magic for End of Season
    -Lorraine Payette, A Fresh News Start

    An Amazing Piece of Canadian Theatre!
    -Alicia Jessup, blogger


    Production of Salt-Water Moon will surely melt your heart
    -St Lawrence EMC

    “Salt-Water Moon” Brings Stars to Your Eyes
    -Lorraine Payette, A Fresh News Start


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    -Eastern Ontario Network

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