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Menopause the Mu­si­cal com­ing March 11, do­nat­ing to Mai­son Bald­win House

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - NEWS - TODD HAMBLETON tham­ble­ton@post­media.com

The off-broad­way turned in­ter­na­tional hit com­edy Menopause the Mu­si­cal is com­ing to Corn­wall next month, and it’s go­ing to help raise money for Mai­son Bald­win House.

There’s one per­for­mance-only on March 11 at 2 p.m. at Aultsville The­atre.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic show,” said Aultsville The­atre gen­eral man­ager Janet Mar­tel. “Not only is it go­ing to be fun and en­joy­able, but the pro­duc­ers have part­nered with Mai­son Bald­win House (giv­ing it) a lo­cal con­nec­tion.”

Mai­son Bald­win House is a 10-bed, emer­gency women’s shel­ter lo­cated on Fourth Street West in Corn­wall, of­fer­ing ser­vices for abused women and their chil­dren. Money will be raised for the fa­cil­ity by the sale of $5 “hot flash fans,” avail­able be­fore­hand and dur­ing the in­ter­mis­sion.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited about it,” said Danielle MacNeil, the Mai­son Bald­win House pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor. “(Show pro­duc­ers) con­tacted us a few weeks ago, in each city they (sup­port) a women’s-based char­ity. . . they had heard of us, and they want to sup­port us.”

Menopause the Mu­si­cal fea­tures an all-star Cana­dian cast, the show cel­e­brat­ing women on the brink of, in the midst of or hav­ing sur­vived “The Change,” and it’s in Corn­wall for the first time.

“It’s good all-around – it’s a great show and it’s sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity,” MacNeil said. “It’s im­pres­sive that this show is com­ing to Corn­wall, and we’re happy to be a part of it.”

It’s be­ing brought to Corn­wall by Shag­gy­pup Pro­duc­tions, the Cana­dian pro­duc­ers of the show un­der li­cence from GFour Pro­duc­tions. The show over the years has won 54 Drama Desk and 44 Tony Awards.

“We’re thrilled to be com­ing to Corn­wall and ex­cited to align our­selves with Mai­son Bald­win House, a first-class char­ity,” said Mark Zim­mer­man, co-pro­ducer and part­ner in Shag­gy­pup Pro­duc­tions.

The just-an­nounced Cana­dian cast fea­tures mem­bers of the orig­i­nal Toronto cast where it played for two years. The cast in­cludes Janet Martin (House­wife), Jayne Lewis (Soap Star), Ni­cole Robert (Earth Mother) and Michelle E. White (Pro­fes­sional Woman).

The show is set in a depart­ment store where four women meet by chance while shop­ping. After notic­ing unmistakable sim­i­lar­i­ties among one-an­other, they joke about their woe­ful hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, mem­ory loss and more, ul­ti­mately form­ing a sis­ter­hood and unique bond with the au­di­ence.

The laugh-out-loud pro­duc­tion gets au­di­ences out of their seats and singing along to bril­liant par­o­dies of 25 clas­sic hit songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Menopause the Mu­si­cal is in its 14th year of pro­duc­tion, and has been seen by over 11 mil­lion au­di­ences across the world, and in more than 450 U.S. and Cana­dian cities.

Ticket prices for the show, with taxes in­cluded, are $41.50, $51.50, and $61.50 for VIP ex­pe­ri­ence. Tick­ets can be pur­chased in per­son at the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex box of­fice, by phone at 613-938-9400 or on­line at www.aultsvil­lethe­atre.com

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