This weekend Village at St. Clair hosted Ghost Light Players for a reading of A Christmas Carol. Thank you to the staff for making this a flawless and fun time.
November 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 2017
Atellier Virginianne 1078 Drouillaird Windsor
Ghost Light Players continued their All-Canadian season with Michael J Krym’s OKNO.
OKNO is the story of a Polish family living in modern Warsaw, struggling to understand the mystery surrounding their missing daughter, Ola. Despite the best efforts of her parents, Adam and Evelyn’s, the facts surrounding her sudden disappearance are anything but black and white. Between the surreal explanations of her older brother Aleksandra, and the fantastical tales of the light that visits Ola, the family stands torn between what their eyes see and what waits beyond their reach.
Directed by Jeffery Bastien and written by local Windsor writer, Michael J Krym.
SEPTEMBER 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 2017
Atellier Virginianne 1078 Drouillaird Windsor
Ghost Light Players opened its Third Season with a Modern Canadian Classic.
Ghost Light Players, the company that brought you the award winning Voices of Vimy and Better Living, was proud to present their first in a season of all Canadian productions with Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy. The production was directed by Carol Reid.
It’s 1972 and Miles, an idealistic, ebullient young actor from Toronto, knocks on the door of an isolated farmhouse somewhere in rural Ontario. He hopes to move in with Morgan and Angus, two middle-aged bachelor farmers, to watch and learn about their lives and write a play about them and country life. Morgan has taken care of his friend Angus, ever since he suffered a head injury during World War II. As Miles learns more about the two farmers, the nature of their extraordinary relationship comes to the surface.
HAILED AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN PLAYS OF 2001 BY TIME MAGAZINE AND WINNER OF NEARLY EVERY CANADIAN THEATRE AWARD POSSIBLE, “THE DRAWER BOY” IS A HUMOROUS AND HEARTWARMING PLAY ABOUT THE SIMPLE PLEASURES OF FRIENDSHIP, STORYTELLING, AND REMEMBRANCE.
The Drawer Boy was originally produced at Theatre Passé Muraille in Toronto in February 1999.
“The play speaks about the power of theatre to hold a mirror to our lives, and the responsibility of those artists that do so,” says director Carol Reid. “It deals with the power of story telling – the stories that we tell, that we believe, and those that define us. It asks who has the right to tell these stories.”
April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1 2016
Noises Off is a 1982 play by the English playwright Michael Frayn. The idea for it came in 1970, when Frayn was watching from the wings a performance of The Two of Us, a farce that he had written for Lynn Redgrave. He said, “It was funnier from behind than in front, and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind.” It takes its title from the theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage.
This production was the culmination of a year’s worth of activity. “I’ve been working on this since November of 2014. Slowly getting the cast together and when Ghost Light Players came into being it was with the full intention of bringing this show to life, at a level of play that would challenge the actors I’ve brought on board”, said director Jeffery Bastien.
The cast featured long-time colleagues and some new ones. In addition, the set design was done by Phil McLeod of Shō Art Spirit & Performance.
Directed by Jeff Bastien
Assisted by Kyla Chandler
Lloyd Dallas – Chris Lanspeary
Dotty Otley – Marnie Renaud-Gare
Garry Lejeune – Chris Power
Brooke Ashton – Nicole Gellman
Freddy Fellowes – Lucas Guignard
Belinda Blair – Jacqueline Tinus
Poppy Norton-Taylor – Kristen Lamoure-Dias
Selsdon Mowbray – Ian Loft
Timothy Allgood – Eric Smith
February 2-4, 9-11, 2017
The Bank Theatre and Meeting Place
Better Living is a Canadian piece, written by George F. Walker in the late 80s. This play is the second in a series of plays called The East End plays, and all tend to feature the same characters and follow their lives and developments. In this particular place, we focus on the family surrounding Gail, the youngest of three sisters. She has just moved back home with her criminal boyfriend Junior and is trying to deal the idiosyncrasies of her mother, Nora.
Meanwhile, Gail’s sisters have come home as well, which brings so much happiness to Nora, since the disappearance of her husband. Truth is, Nora and her brother, a priest doubting his faith, Jack have attempted and possibly succeeded in killing Tom. Tom was a bully and a dictator that had a profound effect on everyone in the family.
There is also Elizabeth, a former prostitute who has become a lawyer and is now focusing on politics. And then there is Maryanne the weak sister who can’t handle motherhood or marriage and has run from both.
None of this matters a whit to Nora who’s more than happy to be there to oversee and support her children.
All of that changes when Tom returns, and with him, his draconian policies.
November 11, 12, 13 2016
The Bank Theatre and Meeting Place
November 17, 18, 19 2016
SHŌ – art spirit performance
Ghost Light Players Honoured Our Vets With Locally Written Play
Local playwright John Conlon’s Voices of Vimy, was performed by the Ghost Light Players team, at The Bank Theatre and at SHŌ – art spirit performance.
John Conlon is a local author and with this piece opens an important discussion about the effects of war on those who served – namely post traumatic stress disorder. The story also speaks to the history of Canadian heroism in times of war – in this case, The Great War.
The play, which ran at two venues, was directed by Dean Valentino, and features a stellar cast from within our community: Lucas Guignard, Jeffery Bastien, Niki Richardson, Chris Lanspeary, Mysteria Baylis-Harris, Kris Simic and Brett Hallick.
“Here, we have a great cast from an outstanding theatre group, in two perfect and intimate venues, performing a piece that is very topical, speaking about what happens to our veterans,” says director Dean Valentino. “In some cases, it’s worse than actually being in the war.”
“I am proud to be directing a piece that speaks to the core of Remembrance Day; speaks to why we wear the poppy. Not to the politics but to the soldiers who put their lives on the line.”
Sept. 12th, Sept. 25th 2016
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyard
The Complete Works Of William Shakesspeare (Abridged) written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield is all 37 Plays in 97 Minutes!
By three actors!
An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s canon The Complete Works… is fast paced, witty, and physical. Full of laughs for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” The Today Show
“Wildly funny. Masterful!” The Los Angeles Times
“Shakespeare as it was back in the Bard’s day: bawdy, irreverent, sublimely entertaining.” The Miami Herald
August 11,12, 18, 19, 20, 21 2016
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards
The winery was lit for the festivities, with impressive décor on stage and trees and wooded patch, to aid in enjoying some hospitality and local Cooper’s Hawk wine, for William Shakespeare’s timeless classic A Midsummer-Night’s Dream conveniently all under a midsummer’s night sky.
There was royalty — both human and Faerie — and love’s tumult and the delightful chaos it can bring. The townsfolk strived to keep their play from falling apart – the play that will be their gift on show for the attendees of the wedding.
As another unique experience from Ghost Light Players and Cooper Hawks Vineyard, it was an evening filled with enchanting magic and a carnivalesque atmosphere perfect for love, both old and newly found.
The Lovers were played by Miranda Di Pietro, Shayla Hudson, Jeremy Burke, Mysteria Bayliss-Hariss, as Hermia, Helena, Demetrius, and Lysander, respectively.
Kristen Lamoure-Dias had dual roles as Hippolyta, the Amazon Queen, and Titania, Queen of the Faeries, while Dean Valentino was likewise dual-cast as Theseus and Oberon. Jacqueline Tinus was the mischievous character of Robin Goodfellow, or Puck, and Jeffery Bastien was the infamously transformed Bottom, along with directing the production.