A ‘Com­edy of Er­rors’ at play­house

Cel­e­brat­ing 35th an­niver­sary

The Gananoque Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - LOR­RAINE PAYETTE

It’s amaz­ing how fast they grow up.

Back in 1982, the baby Thou­sand Is­lands Play house opened its doors for the very first time, filled with hopes and dreams but never know­ing where the fu­ture might lead.

Their very first sea­son was small but am­bi­tious, with pro­duc­tions of “A Com­edy of Er­rors” by Wil­liam Shake­speare, “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thomp­son, and “The Beg­gars Opera” by John Gay.

Since then they have gone on to pro­duce hun­dreds of plays, fo­cus­ing mainly on Cana­dian play­wrights and play­ers, and are pre­par­ing to daz­zle and en­chant their au­di­ences well into the fu­ture.

Now 35 years old, they are get­ting ready to pull out all the stops and party as only they know how.

“To cel­e­brate the Play­house’s 35th an­niver­sary, we have teamed up with the Boat Line to launch a fund to sup­port arts op­por­tu­ni­ties for Gananoque youth,” said Brett Christo­pher, gen­eral man­ager of the TI Play­house. “We are com­mit­ting ev­ery dol­lar raised from the event to seed this fund and launch it in the new year. Lo­cal youth who are strug­gling to rent space for the pre­sen­ta­tion of their work, or need some fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, and many more will be able to ap­ply and re­ceive sup­port for their ideas.”

The event will be lav­ish and won­der­fully done. Tak­ing place on Fri­day Septem­ber 8th, it will in­clude a 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm cruise down the St. Lawrence River on the Gananoque Boat Line fea­tur­ing food, drink, and live en­ter­tain­ment by Ali­son Mac­Don­ald (known for her roles in Patsy Cline and Lead­ing Ladies). At 7: 00, Clark Bus Lines will chauf­feur guests to the Play­house for a per­for­mance of The Com­edy of Er­rors, at­tribute to that open­ing sea­son.

“Come help us launch the newly-minted GBL Founders Fund in hon­our of the on­go­ing TIP/GBL part­ner­ship and the sup­port that the Gananoque Boat Line and its own­ers have given to the Play­house over our 35 years on the St. Lawrence,” said Christo­pher.

Cost for the event is $75 per per­son, with tick­ets avail­able at the Play­house Box Of­fice at 613-382-7020.

LOR­RAINE PAYETTE / FOR POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Seen here in re­hearsal, Dromio of Syra­cuse (Ar­nand Ra­jaram) and An­tipholous of Syra­cuse (Craig Lau­zon) are ready to lead the cast of ‘The Com­edy of Er­rors’ in bring­ing this rau­cous com­edy to life for all who at­tend the 35th an­niver­sary grand cel­e­bra­tions on Septem­ber 8.

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