By Laura Green
A cast of thirty- two – some are new to the stage, some are new to Thistle Theatre and the rest are veterans, some just live down the street from the historical townhall now the home of Thistle Theatre on 135 Huron St. Embro, some drive from London, Innerkip, Ingersoll, Woodstock, Tavistock, St. Marys and even the hamlet of Medina to work together to produce the musical Brigadoon. And don’t forget the stage crew who are equally talented but in different skills.
The story begins with two American tourists Tommy Albright (Alex West) and Jeff Douglas (Jim Hill) on a hunting trip in the Scottish Highlands. They are lost and stumble into Brigadoon which isn’t located on their map. Brigadoon is a mythical village that, they learn, appears for a single day once every 100 years. At first, Tommy & Jeff are mystified, but they are soon charmed by romantic liaisons: Tommy, falls terribly in love with Fiona MacLaren (Shannon Wijnker), while Jeff enjoys a flirtation with a milk maid Meg Brockie (Chloe Weir). Tommy is forced to choose between returning to the world that he knows – or taking a chance on life & love in a mysterious new place.
The other set of couples in this musical love story is Jean MacLaren (Sydney Brockway) who is the bride to be married that day of discovery by the two tourists and Charlie Dalrymple (Matthew West) the groom. Come and enjoy the outcome of all three of love stories.
Brigadoon – both the book and lyrics were written by Alan Jay Lerner and the music by Frederick Loewe. It first appeared on Broadway in 1947, film in 1954 and U.S. television 1966.
Thistle Theatre production is directed by Terry Todd, musical direction by Lanny Hoare, producers are Ed and Liz Williams, stage manager – Linda Murray and choreographer Sherry Sim.
Production dates are Nov. 29th, 30th and Dec. 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2nd and 9th at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are just $22.00 each. Box Office: Chris and Nancy Cockle 519-475-4201 or at ticketscene.ca.
Remember that there is a wheelchair accessible lift, so all can attend.
One can enjoy a delicious supper prior to the Saturday nights performances – contact the box office for more details like locations, prices and menus.