The lines are learned, the set is built, costumes are tailored to fit, furniture and props gathered and publicity in progress. Now the actors reap the reward of three months of rehearsals as the anticipation of opening night approaches and they take to the stage of Meaford Hall Opera House for technical and dress rehearsals.
The Whole Town's Talking, set in the 1920's, is about a father's attempt to marry off his daughter to his partner, an innocent, timid young man. The girl prefers a more experienced man so a rumour is started that the partner had a love affair with a movie star. Trouble arises, however, when the movie star and her jealous boyfriend arrive in town.
The cast of local actors includes Greg Brown, who is returning to the stage in his first major role for some time, portraying Henry Simmons, a successful manufacturer. His wife Hattie is played by Lois Palmer, a familiar face on stage whose dramatic style is enjoyed by audiences. Their daughter Ethel is played by Kyra Keith, a student at GBSS who is planning on pursuing her interest in theatre after high school. Brendon Osmann-Deyman, a recent graduate of GBSS who has numerous stage productions to his credit, plays Chester Binney, the business partner who is caught up in Mr. Simmons scheme. Jacob Greenfield returns to the stage as the suave young man of the world attempting to woo Miss Simmons much to the displeasure of her father. Angela Lloyd has been active in community theatre for many years and is enjoying her role as the glamorous 'movie queen'. James McIntosh plays her jealous boyfriend whose temper adds to the fast paced action in the play. Another young actor with theatre training is Leah Coyne, a GBSS student whose comical character adds to the absurdity of this farce. Harley Greenfield, who has written several plays for the local theatre troupe, plays the taxi driver who makes several brief appearances as the plot unfolds.
Director Gordon Rowatt says, "The Whole Town's Talking is farce designed to entertain the audience and make them forget their troubles, whatever they may be, for two hours." Community theatre offers audiences an opportunity to see their family, friends and neighbours on stage and support the many hours of work they have put into the production. Don't miss this community production that the whole town's talking about.
Opening night for The Whole Town's Talking is Thursday April 25 at 7:30pm with shows Friday, Saturday and a Sunday matinee. Tickets are $15 and $5 for students at the Meaford Hall box office.