Fish story closes Up­per Canada Play­house sea­son

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - NEWS - LOIS ANN BAKER lbaker@post­media.com

MORRISBURG — Who­ever would have thought fish­ing could be so much fun.

The Up­per Canada Play­house is about to prove it can be hi­lar­i­ous, with the Norm Foster com­edy, The Great Kooshog Lake Hol­lis McCauley Fish­ing Derby.

The play stars Mar­shall But­ton and Anna-Marie Lea and opened on Sept. 6 and is run­ning through to Sept. 30. Writer Foster is an au­di­ence favourite and Canada’s most-pro­duced play­wright. His plays al­ways look at life through a comic eye and he cre­ates char­ac­ters and sit­u­a­tions re­flect­ing the lives and predica­ments of ev­ery­day peo­ple.

The play takes the au­di­ence to the lit­tle com­mu­nity of Kooshog Lake, where lo­cals are get­ting ready for their an­nual fish­ing derby to catch a fa­mous fish that has been elud­ing res­i­dents for years. The derby kitty has grown over time and the lit­tle town gets in­vaded by vis­i­tors try­ing to catch the elu­sive fish.

The au­di­ence will meet James Bell, a young city slicker whose car breaks down, forc­ing him to spend the week­end in Kooshog Lake. He soon gets caught up in the derby drama and meets Si­enna, the owner of the lo­cal gro­cery store. Si­enna’s porch is the town’s most pop­u­lar meet­ing place.

Other char­ac­ters in­clude Kirk, the bait and tackle shop owner, who al­most caught Hol­lis McCauley 23 years ago. Rhonda is the pro­pri­etor of sev­eral small busi­nesses in town and Me­lanie is a young lady who re­cently es­caped the bus­tle of big city life.

“It’s a week­end filled with in­trigue, ad­ven­ture, ro­mance and hi­lar­ity as this en­ter­tain­ing fish­ing tale un­folds,” said artis­tic di­rec­tor Don­nie Bowes.

But­ton takes on the role of Kirk

It’s a week­end filled with in­trigue, ad­ven­ture, ro­mance and hi­lar­ity as this en­ter­tain­ing fish­ing tale un­folds.

Don­nie Bowes, artis­tic di­rec­tor

and Lea plays Rhonda. War­ren Bain plays James Bell and Katie Ry­er­son plays Me­lanie Morn­ing­side.

De­tails about dates and times for this hi­lar­i­ous com­edy can be found on the Up­per Canada Play­house at www.up­per­canadaplay­house.com.

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Mar­shall But­ton and An­naMarie Lea star in The Great Kooshog Lake Hol­lis McCauley Fish­ing Derby, a Norm Foster com­edy that runs through to Sept. 30 at the Up­per Canada Play­house.

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