Get a date to en­joy ‘The Belle of the Ball’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT/COMMUNITY -

All the fo­cus will be on ac­tor Ger­ald “Ge” Arse­nault for “The Belle of the Ball”, the English­language pro­duc­tion for this year’s “V’nez veiller” din­nerthe­atre play­ing at the Aca­dian Mu­si­cal Vil­lage in Abram-Vil­lage ev­ery Tues­day from July 18 to Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Play­wright Wayne Ro­bichaud had con­ceived this com­edy last year for the French ver­sion of the din­ner-the­atre. This year, he has trans­lated it so that English-speak­ing au­di­ences (and who­ever else would like to see it) can also ap­pre­ci­ate this crazy com­edy. This time around, Julie Arse­nault takes on both the­atri­cal and mu­si­cal di­rect­ing du­ties, in ad­di­tion to tak­ing on an act­ing role. As it al­ways does, the evening con­sists of a play with songs and mu­sic as well as a de­li­cious four-course meal.

Ger­ald Arse­nault plays the lead char­ac­ter of Martin, a man in his 40s who de­cides to re­turn to col­lege for a mid-life ca­reer change. How­ever, the fur­nished apart­ment he rented with­out check­ing first is com­pletely dis­gust­ing. He’s forced to move but the only board­ing room he can find close to the col­lege at the last minute is in the girls’ dorm - with his sis­ter Colette (Julie Arse­nault).

Martin there­fore trans­forms him­self into “Martina” to fit in. But a whole se­ries of comedic sit­u­a­tions arise when he falls in love with one of his lovely dorm-mates. The ex­tremely tal­ented Jonathan Arse­nault, Louise Arse­nault, Kaylee Arse­nault and Christina Gal­lant MacLean of­fer up a batch of ob­sta­cles and so­lu­tions to his chal­lenges.

If one judges by the re­sults of last year’s French ver­sion of the show, au­di­ences will cer­tainly have count­less op­por­tu­ni­ties to laugh through­out the evening.

Be­tween the three acts, the ac­tors will serve the de­li­cious meal. A bar ser­vice is also avail­able. Tick­ets must be re­served in ad­vance by call­ing 902-8543300.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Julie Arse­nault, di­rec­tor, at 902-388-0927 or email db­s_julie@hot­mail.com

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Dis­cus­sions are start­ing to heat up among the char­ac­ters of “The Bell of the Ball”, this year’s English show of the V’nez veiller din­ner-the­atre in AbramVil­lage. In front, Julie Arse­nault ques­tions Ger­ald (Ge) Arse­nault about this wig she found. In the back, Jonathan Arse­nault, Louise Arse­nault, Kaylee Arse­nault and Chris­tine Gal­lant-MacLean warm up their char­ac­ters.

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