Shuswap Theatre season starts by mending fences

The first Mainstage production of the year is Norm Foster's Mending Fences, directed by Danielle Dunn-Morris,

  • Oct. 16, 2012 7:00 a.m.
Actors David MacAuley

Actors David MacAuley

Get ready for another season of live theatre.

Rolling out the first Shuswap Theatre Mainstage Production of the season is Mending Fences, a hilarious but poignant play by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s favourite playwrights.

Directed by another Shuswap Theatre favourite – professional actress Danielle Dunn-Morris, the production features the always hilarious Fred Green.

Harry Sullivan (Green) is surprised by a visit to his Saskatchewan ranch by Drew (David MacAulay), the son he hasn’t seen in 13 years.

And so begins the story of two men who want to reach out to each other but are too stubborn and proud to risk saying so.

Stirring the pot and the plot is Sullivan’s neighbour and unofficial girlfriend, Gin (Elaine Holmes), whose claim to fame is that her husband hung himself.

No stranger to Shuswap Theatre, Dunn-Morris is an accomplished actress, who has been involved with all aspects of theatre and film most of her life.

As former Salmon Arm resident, she appeared in several local theatre productions, including Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock, Gwendolyn by James Nichol and James Goldman’s  The Lion in Winter.

Dunn-Morris also performed brilliantly in Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun by Norm Foster for Western Canada Theatres, and later directed the play at Shuswap Theatre.

The accomplished talent won two best actress awards for her performances in Gwendolyn and The Lion In Winter and has honed her directorial skills.

Look for hilarious verbal sparring in Mending Fences and find out if the two men can connect in time when the play opens on the Shuswap Theatre stage Friday, Oct. 26.

The show, which is rated 14A with coarse language and suggestive scenes, also begins a new evening showtime – 7:30 p.m.

Tickets at $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $7 for students and $5 for children under 12 are available at Wearabouts.

Preview night is Oct. 25 and tickets will be $9 at the door.

Mending Fences runs to Nov. 3 with 7:30 p.m. shows Oct. 26, 27, 30, 31 and Nov. 1 to 3.

A 1:30 p.m. matinee runs Sunday, Oct 28. There are no shows on Mondays.

For more information, visit www/shuswaptheatre.com or call 250-832-9283.