How do you put some zing in the start of spring? By attending the Yellow Point Drama Group’s Spring Variety of One Act Plays and Music, of course. This series will be at Cedar Community Hall on March 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2010. Each evening’s entertainment will begin with a musical presentation: Bob Harrison on March 11, Bobbi Schram on March 12 and 13, Mary Murphy on March 19 and 20, and Sarah Wood on March 26 and 27. Sarah is a noted composer and musician who may give her audience a sneak preview of some songs from her upcoming musical.
The musical performances will be followed by three one-act plays: Closet Madness by Murray Schisgal and directed by Barrie Baker; Two Crooks and a Lady by Eugene Pillot and directed by Armando dos Santos; and the world premier of The Morticians written and directed by local artist Richard Broad.
The Morticians or How to Make a Dime on Another Man’s Demise is an original black comedy. Michael Hamper portrays Bartholomew, a sophisticated, yet devious mortician, while Vincent Wells is Cyril, a low life scum of a mortician, and Albert Seibold is The Body. The Morticians takes us into an 1800’s bedroom where competition for profitably burying the recently demised is reaching feverish heights (or lows). The play expounds on a human condition replete with darkness, a fight scene, and a few timely laughs.
The artistic producer and stage manager of The Morticians is Meldy Wilton whose Wilton-Broad Players production of Parlour Games by Brian March won awards for Best Overall Play, Best Actress (Evelyn Applin), and Best Director (Meldy Wilton) at the 2009 Vancouver Island One Act Play Festival.
Don’t miss these fine musical performances, followed by three very distinct one-act plays, at Cedar Community Hall, 2388 Cedar Road, Nanaimo, across from the graveyard. The doors open at 7 pm and the performances start at 7:30 pm. For reservations call 250-722-3067. Tickets ($15) are also available at the door, while they last. The Saturday, March 20, 2010, performance includes a decadent buffet ($30).