The Glitter Girls coming to Caledon TownHall Players in February

January 31, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Constance Scrafield

Don’t you just love how a comic playwright will place the characters in an impossible (usually moral) situation and then, poke fun at them trying to sort it out? Mark Dunn has done just that with his new play, The Glitter Girls, coming up next at the Caledon TownHall Players’ theatre in Caledon Village, opening February 14 and running on the weekends to February 23.

The foundation of the “comedy with heart,” as co-director Gord Gardiner calls it, is that one member of a club of ladies tells them she is dying and  she wants to leave her fortune to one of them. Then, she places the burden of deciding which one of them will inherit the money on them. What ensues is the unpredictable stories and sub-stories amongst the ladies and the men in their lives in this delicate decision-making. While the opportunities for humour are wide, there is the underlying heart of the matter as well.

Directing the play “along with Melinda Briell” Mr. Gardiner commented, “I like the fact that it does have heart. So many comedies these days just have joke joke joke. Audiences get to have some serious moments in this.” 

He added, “Why glitter? They’re the silver tiaras glittery; they hold meetings and wear their tiaras.” 

He commented, “Rehearsals are coming along very well; in my opinion  we’re a little ahead of where we need to be at this point, with just two weeks to go.”

With CTHP it is not the usual thing for there to be two directors of a play, but this time around, Mr Gardiner told the Citizen, “It’s not really needed for two people to direct. It’s something we spoke about, to do a play together and, fortunately, we could get this one. There’s some very touching parts.

“There are differences directing on your own” in community theatre. “Everything is on your shoulders. You have to take care that everything gets done. Usually, the producer gets someone to do that  but, with community theatre, the director has to approve all the stuff. For this play, I’ve been dealing with the behind-the-scenes stuff.

“Melinda and I talk all the time. We’re very fortunate that very few of our decisions have conflicted and then we just talk it out. We’re friends before and we will remain friends after.”

Ms. Briell is an experienced actress who has also directed a play in Caledon. They both live in Brampton and can carpool the drive up Highway 10 to the theatre in Caledon Village, only 20 minutes from Mr. Gardiner’s home.

His own involvement with this theatre group came as a result of  “many years ago, I received an email from an old friend [doing a play here]. They had lost one of their male leads and would I be interested. I said yes.

“I have been involved in theatre for 40 years this year,” he said. “For me, nothing beats the energy of the live theatre. You can watch all the theatre online or on television,  but just get within even a couple of actors on the stage and that’s a thrill for me and to be one of those actors, that is just the best for me. Actually, I’ll be appearing in Caledon’s next show,  The Tuesday Morning War.”

He told us there are a lot of reasons the theatre’s committee members chose what they chose: farce, comedy then satire . 

“They always make sure the ratio men to women is thought out. You can’t always get men to come. This play has eight women.” 

“Come and see it,” he advised, “it’s a comedy with heart – laugh, feel a pull at your heart strings.”

Evening performances at 8:15 are from Thursday, February 14 through Saturday the 16th and on Friday, February 22 and Saturday 23, with a matinee as well on Saturday, February 23 at 2:15 p.m..

The Valentine’s treat is online tickets for two for one price on February 14 only, quote their promotional code GLITTER.

Tickets for all the shows are available through the Box Office telephone number  519-927-5460 and online at

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