Play takes comedic look at Baddeck

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

Theatre Baddeck is pre­sent­ing a new com­edy about this com­mu­nity this sum­mer.

It’s called “The Young Ladies of Baddeck Club” and is writ­ten by Christy MacRae and Han­nah Ziss.

“Baddeck holds a spe­cial magic for us,” says MacRae. “My fa­ther was a MacRae from Mid­dle River and my fam­ily is still here. I have been a sum­mer res­i­dent of Baddeck most of my life and my own daugh­ters have spent their best sum­mers here as well.”

The play’s ti­tle comes straight from history. The Young Ladies of Baddeck Club was es­tab­lished in 1891 by Ma­bel Bell, wife of the fa­mous in­ven­tor Alexan­der Graham Bell, and was in­tended for women in the vil­lage to dis­cuss cur­rent events and learn about the world be­yond Cape Bre­ton. Now known as The Bell Club, it still ex­ists to­day.

The play is set in the sum­mer of 1908, and mem­bers of the Club have been given the great hon­our of per­form­ing a play for the cel­e­bra­tion of Baddeck’s in­cor­po­ra­tion as a vil­lage. At the helm is a mis­matched four­some: A war­ring mother and daugh­ter and two hap­less souls who wouldn’t know a so­lil­o­quy from a spin­naker. The play will make you re­mem­ber why you love home, why you leave home and why Baddeck al­ways feels like home.

In ad­di­tion to MacRae and Ziss, the play fea­tures El­iz­a­beth Tan­ner, who just per­formed in the world pre­miere of “Lit­tle Death” at The Theatre Cen­tre in Toronto and Gra­cie Rob­bin, who has a short film and web-se­ries set to re­lease this sum­mer.

Richard Ques­nel, a di­rec­tor and ac­tor whose ca­reer has taken him from “Cor­ner Gas” to the Stratford Fes­ti­val, will di­rect the piece.

The show will run July 23 to Aug. 15 at the Ma­sonic Hall, 24 Queen St., Baddeck.

Tick­ets will be avail­able at the­atre­bad­deck.com.

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