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 theaters 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 companys 31st season last year. Mr. Wanless founded the organization.
Other shows besides Suds in the 2013 seven-show season of the Thousand Islands Playhouse:
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. Its produced in association with Western Canada Theatre.
July 5 to Aug. 3.
Third Floor author Jason Hall was a classmate of Ms. Corcorans at Queens 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 Playhouses 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. Its produced in association with Shipss 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.
Oct. 11 to Nov. 2
This nostalgic romantic comedy by David French is a Canadian classic that premiered nearly 30 years ago. Its set in Newfoundland and concerns two lovers who meet under a full moon one night in 1926.