MUSKOKA, ON – The Wakowski Brothers is the latest in the Huntsville Theatre Company’s homage to Canada’s 150th birthday.
Devoted to a season of Canadian-only productions, The Wakowski Brothers will not disappoint. The play follows the reunion of two brothers, in 1938, for a one-night tribute performance of their legendary Vaudeville act.
Set in Cape Breton, co-director Lauren Saunders said the play is “about life before, during and after the stage.” Fellow co-director Veronica Leonard mentions the show “promises to take audiences back in time to an often forgotten period of our Canadian history. It is an homage to live theatre and its continued influence on us today.”
The cast features Rob Almond, Mark Rodrigues, and Dyanna Prisk and the production team is made up Rodrigues (producer), Leonard and Saunders, Michele Ineson (props), Kim Gerhart (costume design), Alastair Dunlop (lighting design), Greg Perras (set design), Sara Mason (sound technician) and Linda Scott (photography).
“Mark and Dyanna are veterans of the Huntsville Theatre Company stage,” says Leonard. “While this is Rob’s first foray back into community theatre after a long hiatus, he is no stranger to the Studio Theatre stage, having been the bass player in our production of The Rocky Horror Show in August 2016. Rob and Mark’s chemistry on stage as the Wakowski Brothers is absolutely fantastic to watch. Then you place Dyanna in the mix and it’s simply magic,. The audience will witness an extremely talented cast of three people who can sing, dance, play musical instruments, and act. Vaudeville shows were a collection of all of these things and we have the perfect cast to deliver them.”
The Wakowski Brothers opens on Friday, March 24 and runs until Sunday, April 2, with both evening and matinee shows available. The show runs for 90 minutes without intermission at the Studio Theatre at Chaffey Hall in Huntsville.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Treasures and Trophies, in Huntsville, or online at www.huntsvilletheatre.org
Saunders says the audience can expect to see a beautifully created period set and costumes provided by the talented Perras and Gerhart.
“I like to say come for the ridiculous fun, stay for the non stop laughs and be blown away by the heart,” says Saunders. ” I hope our audience takes away the fun spirit of these characters and the world they inhabit but also sees that behind what we might consider the glitz and glamour of entertainment, there are human beings going through the highs and lows of the human experience.”
Photographs By LINDA SCOTT