Submitted by Jane Stott
Imagine Star Wars without its iconic theme music. Jaws without its pulse-pounding intro soundtrack. Gone With The Wind stripped of its sweeping musical refrain. Music is an essential “character” in our favourite movies, and its role on the stage is just as indispensable.
For proof, consider the musical landscape created by play director Jane Stott for the humorous, heart warming coming-of-age story Moon Over The Brewery, which opens at the Studio Theatre in Perth on July 20.
In one scene, Japanese flutes soar as a samurai warrior dramatically strides across the stage. In another, you’ll tap your toes to some classic Johnny Cash. Then, when a young single mom’s honour is at stake, swordplay breaks out, cleverly choreographed to a swashbuckling soundtrack. And since the play takes place in a Pennsylvania coal mining town, a little hillbilly music will set the mood, along with some Cole Porter as a Great Gatsby character appears.
Yes, music is an important part of the recipe in this heartwarming story of an unmarried waitress named Miriam, her precocious daughter, Amanda, and a meddling imaginary character named Randolph, all struggling to find their place in each other’s lives.
Young Amanda (played by 13 year-old Samantha Salter) has an IQ of 160, and escapes reality by reading. Regardless of what story she’s currently immersed in, her fantasy friend Randolph (delightfully brought to life by veteran actor Lucas Tennant) always seems to take a lead role. Although mother Miriam (the very engaging Tracy Noonan) would like a special someone in her life, Amanda doesn’t want this to happen. So, with Randolph’s help, and a round or two of the Encyclopedia Game, she manages to scare off any prospective suitors. But then unassuming mailman Warren Zimmerman enters the picture (played by the perfectly cast Carleton Place character actor Grey Masson) and Randolph and Amanda have to pull out the big guns to get rid of this interloper. Will true love win the day? Will Randolph take on yet another role in a classic novel? The answers to these questions are entertaining and amusing, and you may even be moved to shed a tear or two…
Moon Over The Brewery, written by Bruce Graham, opens at the Studio Theatre on Thursday, July 20 for seven performances: July 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.., and July 23 and 30 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $22 (cash only) at the Book Nook, 60 Gore St. E, (613-267- 2350), and $22 plus convenience fee at Shadowfax, 67 Foster St., (613-267- 6817; shadowfas.on.ca) and Tickets Please, in the Matheson House Museum Visitor Centre, 11 Gore St. E. (613 485-6434; ticketsplease.ca) both of which accept in-store, phone, online and credit card purchases.
Tickets are $24 at the door, and $10 at the door for students with ID. Attend opening night and save $5. And this summer the Studio Theatre is part of our town’s Perth Passport program! As a Passport holder you can receive $5 off one ticket to each of our summer plays, Moon Over the Brewery and Romantic Comedy, at the door only. (One ticket per Passport per play. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts. Visit studiotheatreperth.com for full show dates and details.)