Theatre Cambrian's 30th anniversary season jam-packed

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Apr 29, 2014 - 4:06 PM |
Theatre Cambrian's 30th season will include classics such as "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Sound of Music". Supplied photos.

Theatre Cambrian's 30th season will include classics such as "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Sound of Music". Supplied photos.

Presenting a dozen diverse productions

With Theatre Cambrian set to stage a dozen diverse productions starting next fall during its 2014-2015 season, the troupe's 30th anniversary year will certainly be jam-packed.

But Theatre Cambrian's executive director, Mark Mannisto, who's been with the amateur theatre company for about 20 years, said he remembers when things were much different.

“I came on during our 10th anniversary,” he said.

“At that point we were maybe just doing one or two plays per year, and that was it. Fast forward to our 30th anniversary, and we've got a complete dinner theatre series, three full scale musicals, we're bringing in touring shows, and we have a completely unique youth company. We're doing something every month of the year.”

Next season's musicals certainly appeal to popular tastes, including “The Sound of Music” and “Little Shop of Horrors,” both of which were made into successful movies.

The troupe will also present the rock opera “Tommy,” featuring the music of The Who. Its travelling show for the year is the Toronto musical extravaganza “Memories of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.”

Theatre Cambrian's Youth Company will be presenting “The Wedding Singer” — complete with 1980s hair and music — based on the 1998 Adam Sandler movie of the same name.

If you're looking for laughs, Theatre Cambrian probably has something for you in its dinner theatre productions.

The productions “Bathroom Humour,” “Three One Act Plays About the Elderly,” “Don't Dress for Dinner” and “Noises Off” will be presented at various points during the year.

The theme of “Noises Off” might just ring a bell some of the troupe's performers. It's about the “fighting and drama and romance” that goes on backstage while putting on theatre, Mannisto said.

“A Little Quickie,” “Shirley Valentine,” and “No Body like Jimmy” will be staged during Theatre Cambrian's dinner theatre festival next April.

For more information on any of these productions, phone 705-525-7317 or visit www.theatrecambrian.ca.

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Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

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