Jessica has good news in this scene from Rideau Interlude. L to R - Roly Roy, Emily Cholette, Keiran Loebel, Andrea Howard, Vicki Graham

submitted by Andrea Howard

On December 7, 8 and 9, we invite you to the Merrickville Community Centre to enjoy the Fall for Theatre production of a Trio of One-Act Plays by Merrickville’s award-winning community theatre group – satisfying audiences for 44 years.

The program begins with ‘Rideau Interlude’, an original play penned by our own Margaret Shearman, based on an event that she and her husband lived some 20 years ago, when two children appeared on their riverside doorstep, in search of an errant parent and seeking sanctuary from a chaotic family situation. This slice of life drama, directed by Helen Steenburgh, premiered at a private showing in Ottawa and was recently lauded at the Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Festival in Kingston, in competition against eight other community theatre groups. The production received nominations from the adjudicator in six out of 14 award categories: acting, ensemble work, playwriting and costumes.

Now, if you enjoy costumes, you’ll love this! The second play in the Trio, ‘Time Flies’, gives theatregoers a brief glimpse into the dating life of two lucky mayflies: in addition to meeting each other, they also get to be featured on television, with commentary by no less than David Attenborough!! Come to our pond and enjoy this very short but very funny play written by David Ives and directed by Connie Coleman. Connie advises that, given the subject matter, this play is rated PG!

Peter Boire directs our third play of the Trio, ‘The Work of Art’ by Victoria Dawe. A sculpture is created before our eyes as the ‘artist’ and his next door neighbour discuss the merits of the project – as a gift, a personal tribute and a work of art. There are laughs and lessons skillfully woven into this unique and interesting play.

The Merrickville Community Centre is located at 106 Read St, corner of Main St West. That’s by the rink and the beach. Show times are 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 pm Sunday Matinee. Those dates again are December 7, 8 and 9. Tickets are $15, available online at, in person at Mrs. McGarrigles Fine Food Shop and the Merrickville Book Emporium, and at the door. Call 613-269-2150 for further information. You can also like us on Facebook and follow the links.


  1. Thanks everso for your continued support of community theatre in general and TNIM in particular. We had full houses Friday and Sunday and a happy 2/3 house on the Saturday for our Trio of One-Act Plays.


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