This Summer the Cape Breton Stage Company has partnered with the Horizon Achievement Centre, the YMCA of Cape Breton and the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton to present the Sydney Spaces Theatre Festival – five original plays by award-winning playwrights from Cape Breton, all staged in three locations in Downtown Sydney.
There will be three performances a week–Thursdays at the Horizon Achievement Centre, Fridays at the YMCA, and Saturdays at the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton–starting this week and running through to August 25.
Thursday Nights’ feature is Something for My Grandparents, a new dinner theatre being staged at The Horizon Achievement Centre located on Upper Prince Street.
In Something for My Grandparents, you are invited to pull up a seat at the Horizon Diner and join the young boy, the grandmother, and the grandfather as they meet at their regular table for their Thursday lunch. Take part in the young boy’s memories of time spent with his grandparents. Enjoy the curious and adventurous Little Crow. Written by the award-winning playwright Kyle Capstick for his maternal grandparents, it is a sometimes-silly, sometimes-serious show about the role grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren. For the first three weeks (July 26, August 2, and August 9), Something for My Grandparents will be presented as a play. August 16 and 23 will be a full dinner theatre with a turkey dinner provided by the Horizon Achievement Centre. Tickets are $10 for the first three performances and $25 for the dinner included August 2 and 9 performances. Tickets for the dinner theatre performances must be reserved by the Monday prior to each show. To reserve tickets phone: (902) 539-8553 ext. 221.
On Friday nights, focus shifts to the The YMCA of Cape Breton on Charlotte Street for Happy Birthday, George and Knight and the Beach (July 27, August 3, 10, 17 & 24).
Happy Birthday, George teaches a hard lesson about prying when, on his way out the door for dinner, George finds a child inside a box in his living room. Plans for dinner get pushed to the side as George and his wife, Martha, attempt to decide what to do with the child. Written by the talented James FW Thompson, Happy Birthday, George is a wacky, side-splitting, show about unexpected parenthood.
In Knight at the Beach, Tyler loves to play pretend. He fights dragons, sails ships and has shoot-outs. Jamie is popular. She loves going to parties and hanging out with friends. They were best friends as kids, but had lost contact until one warm Friday night when the two cross paths on a beach. The question is: what brings them both to the beach? Written by the refreshingly mature and promising playwright Anna Spencer, and following its successful production during the Elizabeth Boardmore One-Act Play Festival 2012, Knight at the Beach is back and more ready than ever to do battle with the most evil of dragons. Tickets for this double feature are $10 and available at the door. Admission is free for YMCA members.
Her Body and 3/4 of the Way Through take the stage Saturday nights (July 28, August 4, 11, 18, & 25) at the The AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton on Bentinck Street.
Once upon a time there was a princess who lived in a kingdom with a sprawling meadow, a running river and a mile-high gorge. Every night the princess would dream about the ocean. Her Body is secretly all about the princess, but for a long time the show is about Natasha, Julian, and Alex. It’s summer and they are spending their time sharing sandwiches on the sand and swimming in the ocean. Named “Best Play” of the Elizabeth Boardmore One-Act Play Festival 2011, Her Body is a sweet and beautiful show about love and the ocean.
When Trucker Joe meets Patricia the waitress in 3/4 of the Way Through, they realize that they have more in common than they thought. Meanwhile, Henrietta overcomes incredible obstacles to save the love of her life in Alice Clyde’s newest, and raciest, romance novel. This uproariously funny and euphemistic show was created collaboratively by the hilarious team of Amber Cragg, Mary-Jean Doyle, and Anna Spencer. Please be advised some subject matter is intended for mature audiences only (13+).
Tickets for Saturday nights’ performances are $10 and available at the door.
The Cape Breton Stage Company was formed in 2007 to address the lack of live theatre in CBRM’s downtown districts. Since 2007, Cape Stage has produced over 30 original plays, mostly original works by Cape Breton playwrights, including the series Tales from the Bottom of the Well, the vaudevillian comedy musical The Wakowski Brothers, and most recently, A Promise to Repair.