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Thousand Islands Playhouse plans diverse season


GANANOQUE, Ontario — The Thousand Islands Playhouse will open its 2013 season with good, clean fun.

“It was important to me to find a joy-filled, fun musical for our 2013 opening show,” said Ashlie Corcoran, who is in her first year as the theater’s artistic director. “I was looking for something with fun, familiar music that would get our audience humming as they walked to their cars.”

“Suds” is filled with music from the 1960s. The story revolves around Cindy, who is dumped by her boyfriend. Hits Include “Please Mr. Postman,” “The Loco-Motion” and “Secret Agent Man.” It opens May 24 in the Springer Theatre and runs through June 22.

The playhouse presents productions in two theaters for its summer seasons to a total audience of more than 40,000. Besides the 363-seat Springer Theatre at 690 Charles St., shows are held at the more intimate, 140-seat Firehall Theatre, 185 South St.

Miss Corcoran is the co-founder and artistic producer for Theatre Smash, a Toronto-based independent theater company. The native of British Columbia has directed both theater and opera, working across Canada and internationally. She succeeded Greg Wanless who stepped down as artistic director at the end of the company’s 31st season last year. Mr. Wanless founded the organization.

Other shows besides “Suds” in the 2013 seven-show season of the Thousand Islands Playhouse:

“Boeing, Boeing”

June 28 to July 27

This 1960s’ French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian Lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancees — each a beautiful airline hostess — with frequent “layovers.”

The comedy, written by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross and revised by Francis Evans, will be staged in Springer Theatre. It’s produced in association with Western Canada Theatre.

“Third Floor.”

July 5 to Aug. 3.

“Third Floor” author Jason Hall was a classmate of Ms. Corcoran’s at Queen’s University in Kingston. In the summer of 2011, they collaborated on the premiere of “Third Floor,” described as a thriller with a twist.

“Thousand Islands Playhouse’s track record of developing new Canadian scrips is something I plan to celebrate,” Ms. Corcoran said in a release.

“Third Floor,” which will be staged at Firehall Theatre, is about “a young woman who buys her first apartment and thinks all of her dreams are coming true until she meets her across-the-hall neighbor.”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Aug. 2 to Aug. 31

This musical comedy was written for six adults to perform as child contestants. They are overseen by a quirky cast of three adults. It won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Original Score. Its music and lyrics are by William Finn with book by Rachel Sheinkin. It will be staged in Springer Theatre.

“The (Post) Mistress”

Aug. 16 to Sept. 14

This musical by Tomson Highway is a one-woman show that recounts the adventures of a postmistress who shares the secrets and stories of her small town. It’s produced in association with Ships’s Company Theatre, Nova Scotia, and will be staged in Firehall Theatre.

“No Great Mischief”

Sept. 13 to Oct. 5

This drama, adapted by David Young from the novel by Alistair MacLeod, concerns two adults brothers from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, who seek to understand their past by revisiting the vibrant stories and songs that shaped their lives. It will be staged in Springer Theatre.

“Salt-Water Moon”

Oct. 11 to Nov. 2

This nostalgic romantic comedy by David French is a Canadian classic that premiered nearly 30 years ago. It’s set in Newfoundland and concerns two lovers who meet under a full moon one night in 1926.

the details
WHAT: The 32nd season of Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario
WHEN: Seven shows to be staged May 24 through Nov. 2. The playhouse operates two theaters: the 363-seat Springer Theatre, 690 Charles St. S., and the 140-seat Firehall Theatre, 185 South St. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. All shows have weekend matinees and most have a Wednesday matinee.
COST: Single ticket prices are $32, $30 for senior citizens and $16 for students and children. Special pricing for the last three rows of Springer Theatre are $27.
Subscription packages are also available for attending five, six or seven shows.
MORE INFO: or call the box office at 866-382-7020.
HOW TO GET THERE: Gananoque is across the St. Lawrence River nearly opposite Clayton. Boaters can dock at the Playhouse. Drivers can take the bridges at Massena, Ogdensburg and Collins Landing and take Highway 401 west, then take exit 648 toward Gananoque.
There is a free playhouse parking lot on William Street.
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