Submitted – Article by Jane Stott
Michael Healey’ play, The Drawer Boy, directed by Roberta Peets, will open April 5th. Just recently on one jam-packed day Roberta managed to have meetings on location with lead set painter Fiona Bladon, set designer Carolee Mason, set dresser Norma Cummings, and costumers Marie Amyott and Joannna Treffers. Coordinating color palates, “aging” the set, agreeing on the suitability of set pieces and costumes to the play timeframe, and checking “sight lines”-so that everyone in the audience can see everything on stage, were just some to the issues discussed. Add to that day one-on-one director and stage manager sessions with actors Alfred Von Mirbach, Connor Williamson and Grey Masson, and you have an idea of the dedication and passion that community theatre enthusiasts put in to every production to create the magic of live theatre. Come on down to the theatre, sit a spell and soak up a touching and humorous story about the power of story telling and Ontario farm life, circa 1970.
The Drawer Boy premieres at the Studio Theatre in beautiful heritage Perth on Thursday April 5th for seven shows-April 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 pm and April 8 and 15 at 2 pm. Talk backs are offered after the performances on April 6 and 13. Advance tickets are $24 and are now available exclusively at Tickets Please in the Matheson House Museum Visitor Centre, 11 Gore St. E. (613-485-6434; ticketsplease.ca) which accepts in-store, phone, online and credit card purchases. Tickets are $24 at the Studio Theatre box office on show nights. Rush tickets for students with ID are just $10 at the door, subject to availability. Attend opening night and save $5. Sponsors for this show are Doornekamp and Associates: Individual, Couple and Family Therapy, and H&R Block.