Two of the Savoy’s summer theatre offerings are returning for a schedule of September dates. If you missed Life’s a Dominion Beach and Ships & Giggles the first time around, then this is your chance to catch some enjoyably quirky, singalong entertainment.
The dinner theatre Life’s A Dominion Beach will return for a last hurrah on September 9 and 10. “We hadn’t originally planned the later shows,” explained Gayle Lahey, cast member of both shows. The plan was to do the show as a summer offering, and transition into fall with the revue show Ships & Giggles, but with its positive reception, the Savoy staff decided to bring the musical dinner theatre back for two additional dates.
Upon reading the play’s event listing, one might mistakenly think that there was an actual toxic spill on Dominion Beach, threatening it with closure, and that residents came together with a telethon being held at the Savoy Theatre. Of course it’s all fictional, but the otherwise lighthearted play gets in some cute and clever digs at current events, with the fundraising efforts being headed by two shady BP employees who caused the “accidental” spill in the first place.
The three-course meal is served at intermission by in-character actors, which is one of the show’s main appeals. The choice of main course is made in advance, with three options including stuffed chicken, salmon, or vegetarian lasagne. Ticket price is $39.95, which includes the meal, show taxes, and gratuities. Space is limited, so it is recommended to book a few days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Ships & Giggles is a revue-style variety show, featuring comedy, music, and a cast of colourful characters. Whether it’s Giant MacAskill speaking from the grave, a mixed martial arts fighter applying for a call centre job, or the humour that arises from a long wait in out-patients, there is plenty to laugh at and to relate to. “The comedy sketches are best on local humour,” said Lahey, explaining the positive reaction to the two late August showings of Ships & Giggles. September showings are scheduled for September 2, 3, 6, and 7.
Both shows feature the same youthful ensemble of actors, with one additional member joining for Ships & Giggles. Lahey appreciated working with her co-actors and the ever-strengthening delivery and teamwork that comes with longer-running performances. “I’m just loving the cast,” she said fondly. “We’ve really clicked, and [our] music got really strong.”
Reservations for either event can be made by phoning the Savoy theatre at (902) 842-1577, or in person at the box office between 9am and 5pm.