by Helen MacGregor
Kemptville Players Inc., the longest running theatre group in North Grenville, has started rehearsals for their upcoming production of “Lafferty’s Wake”, a hilarious Irish-American farce. Monica Cleland, the Creative Director, is excited to be directing this great cast of talented actors. Laura Drover, James Clugston, Doug Hendry, Judy McCormick, Jacob Dunning, Kate Bell and Ian Bell, with help from Will Jenkins, Winston Kinnaird, Jeremy Cybanski and Susan Hunt, will have you rolling in the aisles. They will be joined on stage with singers Helen MacGregor, Terry Thibert, Jane Baird, Nancy Henry, Carol Nicholl and John Baldwin. The band is Patricia Reynolds on guitar, Glenna Hunter on violin and Caroline Marshall on bass guitar. Louise Atchison, the Musical Director, has been hard at work with the cast, singers and the band to make the songs in the Irish pub come alive for you all!
Lafferty’s Wake, an audience interactive play, is the story of wild rover, Charlie Lafferty, who is being waked in grand style in his home away from home, the local pub. Come be a guest at this wake, and join Charlie’s widow, his sweet daughter and bumbling son in law, the parish priest and the savvy innkeeper as they celebrate the life and times of ramblin’, gamblin’ Lafferty. Two hours of sheer fun replete with jokes, jigs, games, stories and songs including such old favorites as “Molly Malone”, “Whiskey in the Jar” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” guarantee a festive, audience-pleasing frolic. Susan Turlish wrote “Lafferty’s Wake” for the Society Hill Playhouse, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1997. The show became an immediate hit with Philadelphia audiences and played in the Society Hill Playhouse Cabaret Theater for five seasons. “Lafferty’s Wake” was published by Samuel French in 2000 and has since been produced throughout the United States and Canada.
The Kemptville Players are very excited to be able to present this play at the Urbandale Arts Centre on Nov 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30pm; Dinner Theatre on Nov 17 and 24 at 6pm and Matinees on Nov.18 and 25 at 2pm. Tickets are only $15 for the show and $45 for the Dinner Theatre. Stay tuned to this paper and our website for more information on ticket sales. Reserve the dates now. You will not want to miss this rollicking good time! www.kemptvilleplayers.ca.