Feast Din­ner Theatre seeks cast to lift spir­its for ‘Twas the Night: Christ­mas in Kan­da­har’

Journal Pioneer - - ART & ENTERTAINMENT - BY JOUR­NAL PIONEER STAFF

It be­gins with two Mar­itime mu­si­cians that of­fer a much­needed form of dis­trac­tion to sol­diers sta­tioned over­seas dur­ing Christ­mas. Bring­ing their catchy in­stru­men­tal tunes, sweet slow bal­lads, con­ta­gious com­edy and en­gag­ing storytelling they serve a re­minder of home, as well as boost of morale. With a nod of good taste and metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail, Feast Din­ner Theatre presents its lat­est spec­tac­u­lar pro­duc­tion “Twas the Night: Christ­mas in Kan­da­har.” It fol­lows the foot­steps of char­ac­ters Se­bas­tian LaRose and Suzie Gal­lant, whom bring to the stage amus­ing, hu­man, and heart­felt Christ­mas cheer. “Suzie is a whole­some girl. She be­lieves ev­ery­one has good­ness in them, and grew up singing in her church choir. Then the main head­liner is an ar­ro­gant Se­bas­tian. He’s from Toronto and re­cently re­lo­cated to P.E.I. to find in­spi­ra­tion from his mu­sic icon Stompin’ Tom,” said play­wright Sherri-Lee Pike. In the show, the Christ­mas party takes place in a mess hall dur­ing a par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing time, when the troops are far from home and waged by war. “There are two rookie sol­diers that have been ‘vol­un­teer-told’ to help the en­ter­tain­ers, and then we have Cap­tain Grady who or­ches­trates the whole event,” added Pike. With di­rec­tion and mil­i­tary re­search, the Feast Din­ner Theatre pro­duc­tion, not only cel­e­brates its milestone mark of 40th suc­cess­ful sea­sons but, is in part a trib­ute to the mil­i­tary and en­twines the 100th an­niver­sary of the First Word War. “This is a mu­si­cal com­edy, but the First and Sec­ond World War is a huge part of our his­tory and we pay homage to this in the show,” re­as­sured Pike. “We have hired a tal­ented mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, Adam MacGre­gor, to take it to the next step. When no more words can be said, the mu­sic will carry on the jour­ney with in­cred­i­ble and heart­felt First and Sec­ond World War mu­si­cal num­bers,” she con­tin­ued. Mu­sic num­bers in­clude soul­stir­ring pieces such as Hal­lelu­jah, in­clud­ing well-known Christ­mas car­ols to sin­ga­long to. “It may make you laugh a lot, and it may even make you cry,” said Don Groom, founder of Feast Din­ner Theatre. The show fea­tures a tra­di­tional Christ­mas buf­fet, com­plete with oven-roasted turkey, ham, stuff­ing, pota­toes, veg­eta­bles, salad and de­li­cious dessert. Au­di­tions for the char­ac­ters will take place at the Rodd Roy­alty ho­tel in Char­lot­te­town, on Satur­day, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. un­til 12:30 p.m. Sum­mer­side’s Brother’s Two Restau­rant, lo­cated at 618 Wa­ter St., kicks off the show on Satur­day, Nov. 17. The Rodd Char­lot­te­town ho­tel, on 75 Kent St., starts the fol­low­ing week on Fri­day the 23rd, with a pre­view Thurs­day the 22nd. The Rodd Mi­ramichi River, N.B., be­gins on Tues­day, Dec. 4. On­line ticket sales start Mon­day, Sept. 17. To book, call 902-629-2321 (Char­lot­te­town), 902-436-7674 (Sum­mer­side) or go to www.tick­etwiz­ard.ca. Shows are on se­lect dates, see www. feast­din­nerthe­atres.com for more de­tails.

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