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Caledon Town Hall Players are bringing the laughs with Farce of Nature


By Constance Scrafield

The essence of farce is hyperbole, lovely and very unlikely situations which twist and turn the extremely funny characters and numerous doors being slammed to hide the misunderstood misdemeanors of each of them.

Great entertainment.

This is the fun being brought to Caledon Town Hall Players theatre (CTHP) opening with Farce of Nature on June 10, running June 11 and the following weekend of June 17 and 18. Both evening performances and matinees give plenty of chance for people to see the show.

The theatre is located right in Caledon Village. Knox United Church across the street from the theatre offers a pre-show dinner, for which patrons can buy tickets but must show proof of vaccination to attend.

Director for this production, Latisha Perez has been with the company about five years, she told the Citizen. Living in Brampton, she is happy to make the trip north for rehearsals and whatever else she is involved in, with the company.

“I really enjoy the theatre in general. I was a member with the Bramalea Live Theatre but Covid closed it down and then another closed too. I didn't really have an artistic outlet. A lot of people that I knew were part of this CTHP... I travel straight up and it's not bad,” she said. “It's worth it. Driving back down the hill and seeing Brampton is one of my favourite views.”

Community theatre is aptly named for most people working to put a show on the stage are pretty well ready to put their hands to whatever is required. This time Ms. Perez is directing as she has done other productions but she has also run or helped out in every other aspect of production.

As she commented, “I love [working] in all parts; on stage or back stage, directing; I've done every role in the theatre one place and another.”

For a brief synopsis of this hilarious play, Farce of Nature, written by Jesse Jones, Nicolas Hope and Jamie Wooten, it all happens as a day in the life of the Wilburn family.

D. Gene Wilburn is the proud owner of the “finest little fishing lodge,” Reel 'Em Inn, located in the Ozarks in Arkansas. Sadly, the lodge has been suffering a decline but that appears to matter less when the place begins to fill up with seemingly unsavoury characters. They each arrive bringing separate agendas that somehow collide as Wilburn family members are already dealing with their own schemes.

“It's a lot of fun,” Ms. Perez promised. “There are characters that are recognizable, that are people you might know. They have different layers. Farce is quick lines and the cast members have proven to be excellent with the lines and the physical comedy. I've been really impressed with what people have brought to this. I [like to] allow the actor to develop the character. [In my] auditions, a lot of times the focus is on what the person has done before but I want to see who you are at the moment and the type of personality you are. There is going to be part of you in the character and the character in you. It looks as though the people are doing well with their characters.”

There are nine cast numbers of a wide range of ages, the part of Jenna and two others are younger; a couple trying to work it out. Familiar faces and new comers frequently make up the cast of a community theatre show and this is no exception.

Gord Gardiner playing the role of D. Gene Wilburn has worked before with Ms. Perez. He directed Glitter Girls with her in a role in a previous CTHP production. They knew each other in the BLT as well. Back to tread the boards are Tricia-Leigh Stone; Susan McLay and Rose Brown. – lots of familiar faces and new people too.

Stuart Davidson is new to the group and to theatre and is doing really well, we were told. Cindy Hirschsberg-Schon is new and a great talent, Ms. Perez opined. Mike Tadic is another familiar face. Ankit Baghwala and Linda Smith round out the cast to welcome you to enjoy the romp.

As others have said, being together with fellow theatre enthusiasts, it feels good to put it together again; great to be “getting back into the saddle.”

“We all use theatre as our own diversion; to go into a place where we can be with our friends. After not being to do that for two years, this was a real joy; theatre in person,” said Ms. Perez. “A good break from the day to day.” 

Farce of Nature is fun and funny and one of the things that delight us is the opportunity to almost have a window into this life that is happening before you. Between movies and theatre, both are entertaining but theatre is that action that's happening in front of a live audience as a moment in time is how Ms. Perez sees it.

“'I have been very impressed with how talented they are and how much they've been involved – their enthusiasm,” she said. “The whole gang – actors, crew, all of us – everyone has come together to make this be what it needs to be – a two way street.” 

Margaret Argall is the producer and Kay Lyons is stage manager.

For all the details go to www.caledontownhallplayers.com 1 or call the box office at 

519-927-5460.

Links:
  1. http://www.caledontownhallplayers.com/
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