Thorold troupe presents Of­fice Hours

The Niagara Falls Review - - ENTERTAINMENT - JEN HARDY

Of­fice Hours will have au­di­ence mem­bers howl­ing by the end of the show, prom­ises Thorold Com­mu­nity The­atre.

The com­edy, writ­ten by Canada’s Norm Foster, will trans­port au­di­ences to a Fri­day af­ter­noon in six dif­fer­ent of­fices in a big city, with six dif­fer­ent sto­ries that are some­how re­lated.

“Leave your trou­bles at the door, come in and just be en­ter­tained for a cou­ple of hours,” said Mac McGhie, who plays the role of Lloyd Penny in the per­for­mance com­ing to the com­mu­nity hall of Trin­ity United Church.

Lloyd’s wife, Rhonda, is por­trayed by Teresa Wil­son.

“Peo­ple can re­late (to the play), be­cause it is real hu­man life,” Wil­son said.

McGhie, who has been with Thorold Com­mu­nity The­atre since 1990, ap­pears on stage for the first time since 2012, af­ter do­ing a lot of be­hind-the-scenes work.

Wil­son, who came to Thorold Com­mu­nity The­atre in 2013 af­ter mov­ing from Mis­sis­sauga to Wel­land, had never worked with McGhie on stage be­fore. Re­call­ing the au­di­tion, she said he was sim­ply amaz­ing. Know­ing she wanted to au­di­tion for the role of Rhonda, she thought: “Oh, he would be the per­fect hus­band.”

The re­la­tion­ships on stage come nat­u­rally, Wil­son said.

To a big part, McGhie said, it can be chalked up to the ca­ma­raderie ex­ist­ing in the the­atre com­pany. Of­fice Hours will be per­formed on Fri­days March 24, 31 and April 7 at 8 p.m.; Satur­days March 25, April 1 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sun­days March 26 and April 2 at 2 p.m. Tick­ets are $15 and can be pur­chased at the box of­fice at Haine Fu­neral Home and Chapel or at Jack Nash Fine Cloth­iers. Tick­ets can also be pre-or­dered through the the­atre at 905-6828779.


From left, Jo Lou Bradley, Mac McGhie, Teresa Wil­son, Brian Marten, David Red­fearn, Deb Howey, Michaela Gual­teri, Bradley Doyle and Xan­der War­ren­der will be bring­ing laugh­ter and re­lat­able con­tent to the stage with Norm Foster's Of­fice Hours.

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