Christ­mas ca­per in Mill­brook for new 4th Line pro­duc­tion

New play takes place on the streets of the vil­lage, with the au­di­ence fol­low­ing right along

The Peterborough Examiner - - ARTS & LIFE - EX­AM­INER STAFF

Mill­brook’s 4th Line Theatre has a cast in place for its win­ter pro­duc­tion of “The Fool of Ca­van: A Christ­mas Ca­per.”

The play will take place Dec. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, and sees the au­di­ence on foot, fol­low­ing the ac­tion through down­town Mill­brook. The show starts at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Angli­can Church and cov­ers about a kilo­me­tre, with a warn­ing from 4th Line that this pro­duc­tion isn’t suit­able for peo­ple with mo­bil­ity or health is­sues.

De­scribed as a “Nancy Drew­type” story, the all-ages play is mak­ing its world pre­mière. It was writ­ten by Lin­day Fin­lan and di­rected by Kim Black­well, 4th Line’s man­ag­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor.

The play’s de­scrip­tion: A church con­gre­ga­tion is di­vided when props and cos­tumes for a Christ­mas con­cert go miss­ing. The Needlers, a band com­prised of lo­cal young peo­ple, are ac­cused of be­ing the cul­prits, and take to the streets of Mill­brook to solve the mys­tery and clear their names.

The play will star Erin Humphry as Joanie, Matt Gil­bert as Willy, Me­gan Mur­phy as Euna, Jack Ni­cholsen as Dun­nie and Lau­rel Paluck as Dolly. The cast also in­cludes Rita Dot­tor, Sarah Flani­gan, Mark His­cox and Tris­tan Pierce, with mu­sic di­rec­tor Justin His­cox lead­ing a lo­cal choir in a post-show Christ­mas con­cert sin­ga­long at St. Thomas af­ter some per­for­mances (Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14).

Com­mu­nity vol­un­teer cast mem­bers in­clude Freyja Adams, Jalen Brink, Michael Cripps, Rylee Dixon, Ge­or­gia Dueck, Laci McDon­ald, Meah McGa­hon, Ka­t­rina Row­land, Joanne Row­land, Keeva Row­land, Peter Spasov, Deb Tobin, Ryan Tobin, Si­mone Wat­son and Mar­i­anne Woodhouse.

The pro­duc­tion team in­cludes stage man­ager Fiona Jones, pro­duc­tion man­ager Tara Lem­ber, pro­duc­tion co-or­di­na­tor Jes­sica McDougall, pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant Marisa Bon­netta, props builder and wardrobe man­ager Tris­tan Cruise and sound tech­ni­cian Steafan Han­ni­gan.

Vol­un­teer crew mem­bers in­clude Abi­gayle An­der­son and Mike Ryan.

Tick­ets for “The Fool of Ca­van: A Christ­mas Ca­per” are $25 or $35 for per­for­mances fea­tur­ing a post-show con­cert. Tick­ets for the stand­alone Christ­mas con­cert on Dec. 5 are $10. Tick­ets are avail­able at 705-932-4445, toll-free at 800-814-0055, on­line at 4thlinethe­atre.on.ca or at 4th Line Theatre’s Box Office at 4 Tup­per St., Mill­brook.

Kim Black­well

Matt Gil­bert

Me­gan Mur­phy

Lau­rel Paluck

Jack Ni­cholsen

Erin Humphry

Lindy Fin­lan

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