High­land Arts Theatre opens sum­mer sea­son this week­end

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CHRIS SHAN­NON

The High­land Arts Theatre’s sum­mer sea­son be­gan Thurs­day evening with the sec­ond run of the mu­si­cal com­edy, “Heart of Steel” by Wes­ley J. Col­ford, the artis­tic di­rec­tor of the theatre.

The mu­si­cal orig­i­nally ran through March to sold-out au­di­ences. The pro­duc­tion can be seen each Thurs­day dur­ing the month.

It’s about the men and women who worked at the Syd­ney steel plant dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

“It was a great crowd, great re­sponse, great show as al­ways. It was a very ex­cit­ing way to start the sum­mer,” Col­ford said Fri­day.

He said about 200 tick­ets sold for the first show in its sec­ond run. Col­ford ex­pects the au­di­ence will grow through­out July.

The High­land Arts Theatre is also of­fer­ing three brand-new pro­duc­tions that will run con­cur­rently through the month.

Each play will run for five con­sec­u­tive weeks through July and the first week­end in Au­gust, each with a des­ig­nated night of the week. All shows be­gin at 8 p.m.

EV­ERY FRI­DAY: The Cape Bre­ton pre­miere of Col­ford’s na­tion­ally ac­claimed play, “Ma­ture Young Adults.”

A love story about two teenaged would-be-lovers, es­tranged by an age-old con­flict ( he’s from Syd­ney, she’s from New Water­ford).

This look at con­tem­po­rary first love has been per­formed to rave re­views in Toronto, Hal­i­fax, and most re­cently was turned into a short film by Kit Media and Bravo Facts. Anna Spencer and fea­tured per­form­ers Jonathan Lewis and Bhreagh MacNeil will di­rect this new pro­duc­tion.

EV­ERY SATUR­DAY: Alis­tair MacLeod’s clas­sic Cape Bre­ton novel, “No Great Mis­chief,” is trans­formed in this adap­ta­tion by David S. Young, di­rected by Todd His­cock, the di­rec­tor of Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity’s Board­more Play­house. “No Great Mis­chief ” is one of the most beloved Cana­dian nov­els of the past gen­er­a­tion and has been staged to great ac­claim in the­atres across Canada, most no­tably at Toronto’s Tar­ragon Theatre where it pre­miered and was re­vived four times in the past decade. The pro­duc­tion is heav­ily in­flu­enced by the mu­sic of Gaelic-speak­ing Scot­tish de­scen­dants and fea­tures an eight-per­son cast of ac­tor/mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing lo­cal favourites Sam White, Tony Ha­j­jar, Ken Chisholm, Josie Sobol and Bruce Cath­cart.

EV­ERY SUN­DAY: The world pre­miere of a new com­edy from lo­cal play­wright James F.W. Thompson is called “The True Mean­ing of Cape Bre­ton.”

Draw­ing equal in­spi­ra­tion from Monty Python, Cape Bre­ton sketch com­edy and clas­sic Christ­mas spe­cials, it fol­lows one young man’s pur­suit to an­swer that age-old ques­tion: Do I stay or do I go?

Fea­tur­ing an ensem­ble of High­land Arts Theatre favourites ( Jenna La­hey, Jonathan Lewis, Danny MacNeil, Duane Nar­doc­chio and Hi­lary Scott), the pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Col­ford.

Tick­ets for each of these three pro­duc­tions will be $25, how­ever au­di­ences can pur­chase a sum­mer sea­son ticket pack­age and re­ceive tick­ets for all three shows for only $39.

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