Premiere of Fort Hemlock at Smiths Falls Station Theatre

The Macdonald brothers from Macdonald's Corners - Joseph, John and James (Taylor Gilligan, Nathan Matthews and Justin Lemoine) - plot with their boss Mr. Hobbs (Sam Saikaley) on how to disrupt the turkey fair.
Posted on: August 20, 2017

Hats off to everyone for a fabulous premiere!

That was the buzz around The Station Theatre Friday night at the end of the first-ever performance of Fort Hemlock. “The sets were wonderful – transforming a street scene to a hotel was amazing to watch,” said Nancy Grundy from North Gower. “And the kids were really fun. Anybody who says there’s not much for kids to do in Smiths Falls should really come to the Theatre and see what’s happening there. For two summers in a row now, kids have been the stars of the shows.”

Fort Hemlock made its world performance last Friday; it runs until the end of next weekend – Thursday, August 24 to Sunday, August 27.

If you can see it, you really should. There’s warmth, character, humour, colour and an ensemble cast. Young Isabella Murphy (Hailey Besharah) saves the day back in the 1870s by demanding the ladies of the town remove their stockings, fill them with rocks, and go after the town-bullies who were disrupting plans for the turkey fair.

But before heading to an evening performance, why not have a meal at Fort Hemlock Pub and Eatery, 32 Beckwith St. S on Saturday night August 26?

The eatery is offering a pre-show dinner for $15 which, combined with the ticket price of $20, is an evening of good food and good entertainment for $35. The combined ticket is available at Special Greetings, 8 Russell Street E., Smiths Falls (cash only) and only 40 will be sold for each Saturday. Scott Prout, owner of the Pub and Eatery, asks that patrons arrive by 5:30 for dinner before the show to give them time to order and eat “and not rush them through dinner.”

For lighter fare before the play – dessert and tea – on Sunday, August 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Heritage House Museum, stop by for seasonal goodies and a quick tour of its picturesque gardens and period rooms. The cost for the tea/tour is $8 per person for Fort Hemlock audience-goers with proof of purchase or their ticket for the matinee performances in hand.

Fort Hemlock runs until August 27. You can get tickets at Special Greetings, (see above), smithsfallstheatre.com (PayPal/Visa/MasterCard), by phone at 613-283-0300 (Visa/MasterCard), at the door, if available, a half-hour before performance (cash only). Find the theatre at 53 Victoria Avenue, Smiths Falls. Summer hours for the Station Theatre are Monday to Friday, 9 to 12.

Submitted by the Smiths Falls Community Theatre