Familiar folk in Moonshine

The Irish are in the house!

The Toronto Irish Players are a regular – and very welcome – rental gang on the Alumnae main stage and they’re currently busy putting the final touches on their first production of the season: Moonshine (by Jim Nolan). Directed by Maureen Dorey-Lukie (who folks may remember seeing in Alum productions of Pride and Prejudice and Daughter of the House) and produced by Geraldine Browne, the cast features Alum pal – and very busy actor about town – Stephen Flett. Steve was recently featured in the Toronto Fringe production of The Flying Avro Arrow – A Musical Comedy, which had its genesis at New Ideas last year, and gave an amazing performance in Moonlight and Magnolias at Amicus last season, with director/Alum gal Victoria Shepherd; he’s been on the Alum stage a fair bit as well – Lady Windermere’s Fan, for instance. I bumped into Steve while I was in the basement, painting part of the Hedda Gabler set last night. The gang was busy with their tech/cue-to-cue in preparation for the special opening night gala this Thursday. Here’s the synopsis:

Moonshine tells the story of the village undertaker, who hasn’t had a body to bury in many months, and whose increasingly frantic efforts to mount a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are going downhill fast with a rapidly dwindling cast, while his past returns to haunt him, and he tries to sort out everyone else’s problems instead of his own. Laughter and melancholy. How will it all end? Come out and see!

Moonshine runs October 21 – November 6 on the Alumnae main stage. The opening night gala on Thurs, Oct 21 has a special start time of 7:30 p.m. – all other evening shows start at 8 p.m., with matinées on Oct 24 and Oct 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets: opening gala $80 (includes reception); regular $20; students/seniors $18; group rates available.

For ticket reservations and info, call: 416-440-2888 or visit the TIP website: www.torontoirishplayers.org

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