Candida (May 4-20, 2006)

A Comedy by George Bernard Shaw

“You don’t have to go all the way to Niagara-on-the-Lake to see a production of one of George Bernard Shaw’s plays …. this production is a complete success.” – North York Mirror

One of the world’s great pieces of theatre, this play recounts the soulful lovesickness of eighteen-year-old Marchbanks for Candida, the parson’s wife. The parson is at first amused, then incensed, and finally angered. Candida is attracted to both men for their very different qualities. Marchbanks believes she has a choice but they are both devastated by the idea of losing her. With Candida, Shaw offers us his greatest insights into womankind.

Fallen Angels (September 23 – October 9, 2004)

A Comedy by Noel Coward

An evening of sheer entertainment!

This is the Noel Coward of the 1930s at his inimitable best – gay, debonair, infinitely sophisticated! This style won him international reputation as the most successful purvery of high comedy in the present day theatre. The story is a frothy nothing, but Coward’s treatment of it is a continuously amusing two hours, highlighted by moments of insane hilarity! Julia and Jane, best friends and both happily married for five years, have both had brief premarital affairs with Maurice, a great French charmer. Now Maurice is visiting London and has asked to see them both. The husbands are away for a day of golf, and Julia and Jane nervously await Maurice’s call…

The Importance of Being Earnest (May 6-22, 2004)

A Comedy by Oscar Wilde

This masterpiece is probably the most famous of all comedies! It revolves wittily around the most ingenious case of manufactured mistaken identity ever put into a play. Jack Worthing is madly in love with the honourable Gwendolyn Fairfax, daughter of the indomitable Lady Bracknell and cousin to his longtime friend and man-about-town, Algernon Moncrieff. Jack enlists Algie’s aid in winning the hand of the fair Gwendolyn, but in so doing, discloses the existence of his excessively pretty ward, Cecily Cardew, who, much to Jack’s displeasure, immediately bewitches Algie. Unfortunately, neither of the two young ladies can abide the thought of allying themselves with any man who is not called Ernest! What to do?

And what will be the solution to everyone’s plight? A handbag!

The Three Musketeers (November 20 – December 6, 2003)

A Comedy by Peter Raby, adapted from the Alexandre Dumas novel

A rousing, rollicking and eminently stage-worthy version of the classic “swashbuckler,” first presented by Canada’s Stratford Festival. Everyone is familiar with the renowned adventures of D’Artagnan and his three fellow musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, as they fight for king and country with frequent detours involving wine, women and song. The entire panoply of action is captured here with brilliant inventiveness and theatricality; the devious trickery of Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter; the sad plight of the beauteous Constance Bonacieux; attempted assassinations; plots and counterplots; and the final triumph of virtue over the forces of evil. Moving swiftly from scene to scene, the play captures all the colour and excitement of the original serialized novel, and provides a memorable and unashamedly romantic experience for audiences of all ages!

Plaza Suite (September 19 – October 5, 2002)

A Comedy by Neil Simon

“A wonderfully happy and gratifying evening of sheer entertainment. Richly funny!”

“Stage Centre Productions gives us a fine ‘Plaza Suite’ … The actors’ energy never flags” – Mirror/Guardian

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couple successively occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. A suburban couple takes the suite while their house is begin painted, and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned. This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three failed marriages, is looking for fresh fields. Enter a childhood sweetheart! The last couple is a mother and a father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and downstairs to the ballroom where her wedding guests await.

The Rainmaker (January 10-26, 2002)

A Romantic Comedy by N. Richard Nash

At the time of a paralyzing drought in the American West, we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. Every possible scheme to marry her off is without success. Nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat. But into their midst comes a picaresque character with a mellifluous tongue and the most grandiose notions a man could imagine. He claims to be a rainmaker! And he promises rain for only $100! Silly idea though it is, he is so refreshing, the family consents. The rainmaker turns his magic on the girl and persuades her she has a very real beauty of her own. Rain does come, and so does love.

Hay Fever (September 20 – October 6, 2001)

A Comedy by Noel Coward

Coward at his hilarious and wicked best!

The Bliss family is ultra-Bohemian. Mother is a retired actress who makes a crisis out of every scene and father is a novelist. The daughter and son are attractive and ill-mannered. One weekend all announce they are expecting a guest; mother has invited an athletic youth who is in love with her; Sorel, a diplomat; Simon, an intense young woman; and David, a flapper type he is studying for a novel. The guests soon find themselves in the middle of mayhem and theatrics; and, although, for the family this is a way of life, for the guests it is utter bewilderment.

The Royal Family (January 11-27, 2001)

A Comedy by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber

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At the time of a paralyzing drought in the American West, we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. Every possible scheme to marry her off is without success. Nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat. But into their midst comes a picaresque character with a mellifluous tongue and the most grandiose notions a man could imagine. He claims to be a rainmaker! And he promises rain for only $100! Silly idea though it is, he is so refreshing, the family consents. The rainmaker turns his magic on the girl and persuades her she has a very real beauty of her own. Rain does come, and so does love.

Cast

Margaret Hughes
Della

Scott Newlands
Hallboy

Paul Brett
Herbert Dean

Jackie Mints
Gwen Cavendish

Leslie Whynot
Fanny Cavendish

Marilyn Meitz
Julie Cavendish

John Ignatowicz
The Chauffeur

Michael Savage
Another Hallboy

Harry Kimpton
Jo

Rob Calvert
McDermott/Gunga

Bev Owen
Kitty Dean

Danny Sullivan
Perry Stewart

Michael Chodos
Oscar Wolfe

George Mints
Anthony Cavendish

George Bertwell
Gilbert Marshall