Lineup announced for Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 39th season


Published on March 13, 2017

Heather Braaten

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The Stephenville Theatre Festival’s new artistic director is promising an outrageously entertaining 39th festival season.

Running from July 14 to Aug. 13, the festival will include two popular musical theatre productions, a heart-warming Canadian play, an interactive musical for young audiences, a legendary rock ‘n’ roll dinner theatre presentation, the popular “An Evening With… series” and the “Gala.”

“You are in for an amazing season of theatre full of music, dance, storytelling and a whole lot of fun,” Heather Braaten, the new artistic director, said in a prepared release.

Elizabeth Brown, chair of the festival’s board of directors, said with Braaten lining up such a wonderful and entertaining season, they (board) can’t wait for area residents and visitors to see some of the finest performances this province and country has to offer.

She said they are excited to welcome back returning patrons and invite absolutely anybody who has yet to take in one of their performances to come out and see a show.

Founded in 1979 by Maxim Mazumdar, the festival has continually enriched the economic and cultural fabric of Bay St. George while becoming a major area tourism draw.

Stephenville Theatre Festival productions:

• “Urinetown” — a hilarious Broadway musical that catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. (Mainstage)

• “The Marvelous Wonderettes” — This smash off-Broadway musical hit takes you back to the 1958 featuring four delightful girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. This one will keep you smiling in this musical trip down memory lane. (Mainstage)

• “For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again” — a full-length, non-musical Canadian play, which has been described as a theatrical love letter from a son to his mother. This play comically and sentimentally explores the impact we have on our families and the people closest to us. (Second Space)

• “Cinderella — A Rat-ical Retelling” — This classic fairy tale has been turned it into a kitchen party romp for young people and for the young at heart! This adaptation of Cinderella is turned upside-down, as the story is told by the rats that dwell in the basement with their dear “Cinder.” (Second Space)

• “Rocket Man — the Music and the Life of Elton John” — Get ready for some of the best rock ‘n’ roll music of all time as this production explores the music of legendary performer Elton John and writing partner Bernie Taupin. (Dinner theatre presentation at Days Inn)

• “An Evening With … series” — throughout the 2017 season in various venues around the Arts and Culture Centre, every Wednesday night during the festival, a local musician, band, or comedy troupe will be featured.

• “Talk Back sessions” — each of the productions housed in the Arts and Culture Centre will host a single after-show Talk Back session with the cast and crew, to allow attendees an opportunity to ask questions about the content and the process in each presentation and provide a chance to socialize with the company.

• “Gala” — no Stephenville Theatre Festival season would be complete without the always-popular Gala finale. Be sure to catch this special performance and enjoy the great talents of the festival’s company members. (Mainstage)

Source: Stephenville Theatre Festival