Play takes comedic look at Baddeck
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.