Memories of the Summer of Love

Created by Chris McHarge & Colin Stewart

Blockbuster 40-song live musical trip back to the 60’s

SOL-1Blockbuster musical trip back to the 60’s with a dynamite 4-piece band and 4 sensational singers including Derek Marshall (from last Season’s Vegas Knights) and  Colleen Ayn (star of  past Playhouse hit Johnny & June). It’s a 40-song celebration of such groups as The Beach Boys, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Monkees, Sonny & Cher, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Mamas & Papas, Simon & Garfunkel & Roy Orbison to name a few.

Relive the stories and music that spoke to a generation defined by the folk movement, civil rights, peace, love and good vibrations. You’ll hear classic hits such as Ferry Cross The Mersey, Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying, There’s A Kind of Hush, Daydream Believer, I Got You Babe, Blowin’ In The Wind, If You Could Read My Mind Love, Me and Bobby McGee, Mr. Tambourine Man, California Dreamin’, Bridge Over Troubled Water, I’m Henry The Eighth, I Am, Do You Believe in Magic and that’s just a start. Don’t miss this musical journey you won’t soon forget!

A Bedfull of Foreigners

By Dave Freeman

The hilarious tribulations of a couple who book a room in a run-down hotel filled with zany staff & guests

Stanley and Brenda try to find a room in a small French village on the German border during the Festival of St. Wolfgang. They settle for a run-down hotel with leaky pipes, no heat, incompetent staff and bizarre guests. When Brenda leaves the hotel to search for a lost ring, Stanley discovers their room has been double-booked and soon gets caught up in a series of  disastrous and hilarious mishaps. The room soon fills with other hotel guests, people in costume rush in and out, an excitable hotel manager tries to fix things and a useless handyman makes things worse.  When the dust settles, a weary and dazed Stanley wishes they had spent their vacation at home.

A hilarious romp! Thoroughly enjoyable! Hertfordshire Life

The Ladies Foursome

By Norm Foster

4 women gather for a hilarious round of golf & discuss life, love, men, sex, children, careers—everything but golf!

World Premiere!

Directed by Jesse Collins

For years audiences have been waiting for Canada’s funniest playwright to write a sequel to one of his most entertaining hits of all time. Well, he finally has and he’s chosen Upper Canada Playhouse as the first theatre to produce it. The Ladies Foursome is a female version of The Foursome, but with a completely different story. It’s the day after the funeral of a friend, and three women gather for a round of golf in honour of their recently deceased playing partner. They are joined by a fourth woman, another old friend of the deceased that the other three didn’t know about.  During the round the women discuss life, love, men, sex, children, careers…everything but golf.  Many surprises, secrets and confessions come to the surface during this hilarious round of golf. Don’t miss this newest must-see comedy hit!

Norm Foster is our most-produced playwright for a reason: he’s very, very funny. Montreal Gazette

Lend Me a Tenor

By Ken Ludwig

An opera star passes out & the assistant manager has to go on in this hilarious farce

It’s September 1934 at the Cleveland Grand Opera and world famous, Tito Morelli, known as Il Stupendo, is to appear for one night only as Otello. Through a hilarious series of mishaps, he is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that manager Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. Saunders persuades Max to get into an Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Tito Morelli. When Morelli revives and gets into his other costume, there are now two Otellos running around in identical costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo! One of the classiest and funniest comedies ever written.

A furiously paced comedy with more than a touch of the Marx brothers. Time Out New York

Uproarious! Hysterical! USA Today

 

On a First Name Basis

By Norm Foster

A famous writer gets acquainted with his maid of 28 years after discovering he knows nothing about her

Starring Norm Foster, this delightful play tells the story of a very successful, but cantankerous, novelist who suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years. She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! He makes it his mission to learn all he can about her. With revelations that are surprising, funny and extremely moving, this is a love story, a social commentary and a mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery.

The play is laugh-out-loud funny and hold your breath tense in places. Orangeville Citizen

“Must see comedy! The witty dialogue and remarkable characters keeps audiences wildly entertained and amused from start to finish.” –Wellington Advisor

Memories of Rock & Roll

Created by Chris McHarge & Colin Stewart

Explosive live musical tribute to the music of the 50’s

A musical ride back to the 50’s! Aaron Solomon, from Johnny & June, Wichita Lineman and Country Jukebox, leads a company of singers and an explosive 5-piece band in this incredible tribute with some insights about the birth of R&R seen through the eyes of famous disc jockey Alan Freed, played by Chris McHarge (Colonel Parker from Blue Suede Shoes). You’ll hear the music of such legendary artists as Chuck Berry, Ike Turner, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Bill Haley & His Comets, Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, The Beatles and more.  You’ll be treated to such R&R classics as Rock And Roll Music, Jailhouse Rock, Ring of Fire, Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Rock Around the Clock, Shake Rattle And Roll, Blueberry Hill, Pretty Woman, Crying, The Twist, I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You and many moreExperience the unforgettable music that shaped the culture of the 50’s and remains as popular today!

Lights, Camera … Christmas!

By Jesse Collins

Hilarious musical story about the making of a 70’s TV Christmas Variety Show

The TV Christmas Special That Nearly Never Was

(Public & School performances)

Be part of the studio audience in this hilarious, heart-warming and musical story set around the making of a 1970’s TV Christmas Variety Show. But there’s trouble on the set. The show’s about to be cancelled. Star Gordie Roberts’ world is falling apart! His days as a TV crooner appear to be over, his loveable and wacky troupe of singers, actors, dancers, musicians and clowns are revolting and his girlfriend is feeling neglected. But through the bond of family and friends, Gordie discovers the meaning and magic of Christmas and that there’s more to the Holidays than making a buck.  Reminiscent of classics like The Andy Williams Show, it’s a Holiday treat filled with song, dance, clowns, magic and your favourite Christmas songs and tales! There’ll will even be a prize for the best festive Christmas sweater in the audience!