Contributed By JEAN ELLIS
South Shore Players
Did you ever wonder about the origin of the name Bluenose, wish to learn about the Europeans' arrival from a Mi'kmaw elder, or gain insight into Nova Scotian cultural groups? Then the upcoming production by South Shore Players is a must-see.
The local theatre company is thrilled to be bringing theatre back to the stage with Canada's Ocean Playground, an upbeat musical comedy revue written by Hank Middleton and directed by Jon Allen. The show links historical and recent events, and is sprinkled throughout with comical twists and whimsical musings.
"After such a long hiatus due to COVID, it's wonderful to be able to provide live theatre to a live audience again," says Allen.
"The show is all about us, Nova Scotians," says Middleton. "It's going to be a wonderful production with a cast of more than 20, including 12 youth, a number of guest vocalists and a large band of musicians."
Suitable for all ages, Canada's Ocean Playground will entertain and educate. Songs cover a variety of Nova Scotian themes in a diversity of musical genres, from blues to bluegrass to rock.
Audience members will enjoy songs and skits about a potential Cape Breton separation, the disappearance of our railroads, the difficulty of learning English, why we had to "stay the blazes home" and much more.
"It's certain to be an evening of laughs and toe-tapping tunes," says Middleton, "a celebration of everything Nova Scotian."
Canada's Ocean Playground is a revue similar to Cape Breton's Summertime Revue or Lunenburg's Glimpses, the latter's 10-year run enlightened audiences about Lunenburg County through skits and music.
The show is being staged with the generous support of the Bluenose 100.
It's finally time to return to the theatre. Come see South Shore Players' first live production since 2019.
Canada's Ocean Playground runs Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 3-4 at the Central United Church in Lunenburg. For show times, ticket vendors and online purchases visit SouthShorePlayers.ca.
COVID protocols will be strictly enforced.