“Our 45th Season of Plays has been another great success for the Boardmore Theatre,” says Todd Hiscock, Boardmore Theatre Director. “This year we commemorated the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (1616 to 2016), by presenting three mainstage productions which highlighted the impact Shakespeare had on his time and how he has influenced much of the English language to date. For student and general audiences alike, it was a very educational season of plays. This year also included some of the best new one act plays, written by local playwrights, that we have ever had as part of the Elizabeth Boardmore One Act Play Festival.”
With more than 75 participants and near sellout crowds, this year’s One Act festival has once again demonstrated a strong support for original writing and Cape Breton Theatre.
Festival adjudicator Lucia Frangione was very impressed with the amount of original work that gets produced each year at the CBU Festival. She was also impressed by the support for the arts here in Cape Breton. “I know a lot of western Canadian theatre companies who would kill to have the audiences I have witnessed at the Boardmore during the week,” says Frangione. “The turn-out has been fantastic.”
The 45th Season of plays wraps up this weekend with The Boardmore Playhouse’s production of C.S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The classic production is set for April 30 and May 1, 2016, with show times at 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday.
Published in 1950 as the first and best-known of the seven novels that make up The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe enchants audiences time and time again.
“Children’s theatre has a magical quality that brings to life the characters and stories of those wonderful books filled with adventure and happily ever after endings,” says Brian Gallivan, Director. “This specific production speaks to the magic of our imaginations. Perhaps that is why we find it so satisfying.”
This dramatization of Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.
Show tickets are available at the CBU Playhouse Box Office, Monday to Friday from 1-5pm and one hour before show time. The box office will open one week prior to performance and during the week of the production. Tickets are $15 general; $10 students and seniors; and $8 CBU students.
“All in all our 45th Season ranks as one of our best,” concludes Hiscock.