Mar­itime musical spin

Dis­cover ‘Who’s Your Fa­ther?’ this fes­tive sea­son at Broth­ers 2

Journal Pioneer - - PRINCE COUNTY - BY DE­SIREE ANSTEY

Is­lan­ders are known for many things, one of which is the ques­tion, “Who’s your fa­ther?” in try­ing to pin­point a per­son’s back­ground.

But what if the an­swer is un­known?

Feast Din­ner Theatre is gear­ing up to present the com­i­cal side of this pa­ter­nal dilemma with its lat­est pro­duc­tion called, “Who’s Your Fa­ther?” “Yes­ter­day I heard some­one ask that twice in pub­lic, and this is the phrase peo­ple al­ways kind of say on the Is­land,” said Sherri-Lee Dar­rach, the artis­tic di­rec­tor of the musical.

The show will in­ge­niously slip the pop­u­lar “Mamma Mia” story into the lines, al­though this is not the same old song and dance from its orig­i­nal days, as Dar­rach pointed out. “The con­cept is ev­ery­one com­ing to a Christ­mas party, and most guests are ac­tu­ally com­ing here for a Christ­mas party, so there’s a gath­er­ing, and this woman is look­ing for her fa­ther. It’s very much ‘Mamma Mia’ on P.E.I., but off the rails,” she ex­plained.

As the show bounds along, with Hay­ley the host, an Is­lan­der who uses the event to in­ves­ti­gate her fa­ther’s iden­tity, guests can ex­pect plot twists, laugh­ter, friendship, and top Mar­itime musical entertainment.

Flash­backs to the ‘90s and favourite Christ­mas songs are per­formed by the multi-tal­ented cast, which adds to the nos­tal­gic feel of the even­ing. There’s also a chance to in­ter­act with per­form­ers, who bring Hay­ley’s heart-warm­ing story to life.

“These guys are in­cred­i­bly tal­ented; they do ev­ery­thing,” chimed Dar­rach. “They act, sing, play their in­stru­ments, and serve the food. From set­ting up the stage to tear­ing it down – they do ev­ery­thing and work very, very hard.” Page Gal­lant plays two char­ac­ters in the din­ner theatre show, Alexis and Shan­non.

“Alexis is the fun of the party, she’s ready to go and sup­port her friends,” she said. “And it’s a process to think about what cos­tume to put on to help me fig­ure out whom I’m go­ing in as, so for Shan­non, the mom, I put my hair up and that changes ev­ery­thing for me.” There’s an episode where Shan­non goes back to the ‘90s.

“It’s the same char­ac­ter but in a dif­fer­ent time pe­riod, so that in it­self is very in­ter­est­ing, and I get to keep sim­i­lar man­ner­isms but it’s the youth­ful ver­sion of Shan­non,” ex­plained Gal­lant.

Guests are in­vited to step into the play and get swept off their feet.

Dur­ing the show, a tra­di­tional Christ­mas buf­fet with oven-roasted turkey, ham, stuff­ing, pota­toes, veg­eta­bles, sal­ads and desserts, is served. Per­for­mances run at Broth­ers 2 restau­rant on Wa­ter Street in Sum­mer­side, from Nov. 17 to 19, 23 to 26, 30, and Dec. 1 to 3, 6 to 10, 12 to 17, and 19 to 21.

For tick­ets, call 902-4367674 or visit www.feast­din­nerthe­atres.ca.

DE­SIREE ANSTEY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

The cast of “Who’s your fa­ther?” in­clude Lo­gan Richard, from left, Mitchell O’Ble­nis, Lawrencej Gal­lant, Page Gal­lant, and Sarah Ed­die.

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