“The audience feedback has been tremendous,” says Stephen MacDonald, producer of the 2011 Cape Breton Summertime Revue. “It’s great to know your audience appreciates the talent onstage and the time and work we’ve put into the show to make it something special.”
After a successful five day run in the last week of May, the Revue returns to the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay for three more performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 7, 8 and 9.
Although audiences are used to the Revue returning for a third and even a fourth run during the summer months, MacDonald cautions, that despite his and the cast’s best efforts, this might be the last three perfomances of this year’s show.
Fiddlers Chrissy Crowley and Colin Grant each have a full schedule this summer. Drummer Brian Talbot has his regular gig playing and touring with Slowcoaster. Fiona and Ciarán MacGillivray of The Cottars are also busy and Ciarán has commitment for shows at the Fortress of Louisbourg. Bette MacDonald is preparing her new television project.
MacDonald says he doesn’t want to extinguish hope completely for a third run, but the prospects so far are not looking good.
The Cape Breton Summertime Revue was first produced in 1986 and its unique blend of original comedy and music, with a strong Cape Breton theme, has found receptive audiences both here and across the country. The Revue had three successful national tours in the mid-nineties.
This year’s cast includes Bette MacDonald, Maynard Morrison, Max MacDonald, Richard Burke, Fiona and Ciarán MacGillivray of The Cottars, Colin Grant, Chrissy Crowley, Fred Lavery, Stephen Muise, Allie Bennett, Brian Talbot, Dave McKeough and special guest Sam Moon.
Tickets are available at the Savoy box office, 842-1577 and online at www.savoytheatre.com.