Guelph Little Theatre

2008 - 2009

Come Back To The 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Written By: Ed Graczyk
Directed By: Trevor Smith Diggins
Produced By: Laura Rowbotham

"Deceiving to the eye, they call it.” In a dried-up west Texas dime store, five fellow fans of movie icon James Dean reunite to honour the silver screen legend on the 20th anniversary of his death. A few drinks later, the women’s reflections of the past trigger lost memories that unravel deep secrets, desperation and lies in this thoughtful comedy/drama by Ed Graczyk. Flashbacks and 50s music get shaken up with laughter and a twist of fate, as the Disciples of James Dean take us behind their façade for faded glimpses of celebrity obsession, sexual deception, and the truth that will set them free from the past. The original Broadway production directed by Robert Altman starred Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates, and was later produced on film to become a cult classic.

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Oct 09 8:00 Oct 10 8:00 Oct 11 8:00
Oct 16 8:00 Oct 17 8:00 Oct 18 8:00 Oct 19 2:00
Oct 23 8:00 Oct 24 8:00 Oct 25 8:00

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Aladdin

Written By: Keith Slater
Directed By: Victoria Harrop
Produced By: Jenn Drake
Choreographed By: Laurel Farrell

Bring the whole family on a fun-packed adventure with the hilarious cast of Aladdin, the much loved ancient fairytale of the mythic East and a streetwise peasant boy who dares to fall in love with the Princess of Araby. Join us in another of our fabulous family pantomines, a GLT interactive tradition during the Christmas Season. Cheer the good guys and boo the bad guys! Join Aladdin and friends in escapades, challenges, chases... capture and escape, love and romance. Meet Aladdin's long-suffering devoted mother. Experience the enchantment of magic lamps, rings, genies... a crystal ball... mischievious pets, the evil scheming magician, a powerful Sultan's Vizier, clumsy comic servants - there's something for everyone. Join in an exotic flight of fantasy - come see Aladdin!


Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Nov 21 7:30 Nov 22 2:00 Nov 23 2:00
Nov 28 7:30 Nov 29 2:00 Nov 30 2:00
Dec 05 7:30 Dec 06 2:00 Dec 07 2:00

 


The Curious Savage

Written By: John Patrick
Directed By: Lloyd Lindsay
Produced By: Liz Gallagher

Set in Massachusetts in the 1950's, this is a warm-hearted tale of Mrs. Ethel Savage, a slightly eccentric, extremely wealthy widow. She puts her wealth into negotiable bonds in order to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams, much to the chagrin of her three stepchildren. They commit her to a sanitorium in the hopes of shocking her to her senses. There she meets a variety of social misfits, all needing exactly the kind of help Mrs. Savage can provide and who eventually appear more sane that those outside the walls of the institution. With the help of her new-found friends, Mrs. Savage leads her stepchildren on a merry chase which eventually brings them to the pits of humiliation and despair even as Mrs. Savage obtains her freedom. Greed and dishonesty prove to be no match for the sometimes neglected virtues of kindness and affection!
This is Guelph Little Theatre's entry in the Western Ontario Drama League Festival.

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jan 22 8:00 Jan 23 8:00 Jan 24 8:00
Jan 29 8:00 Jan 30 8:00 Jan 31 8:00 Feb 01 2:00
Feb 05 8:00 Feb 06 8:00 Feb 07 8:00

 


Beyond A Joke

Written By: Derek Benfield
Directed By: Henry North
Produced By: Sherry Levine

Jane and Andrew’s pleasant country house is accident prone, several people have already died there in unfortunate and embarrassing accidents. When Geoff, their daughter’s boyfriend, arrives for the weekend unaware of the house’s reputation, he mistakenly deduces that the deaths were not accidental. A body is discovered in the cupboard, a visiting vicar passes peacefully away in the garden just as his parents arrive unexpectedly. How do they keep up appearances?

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Mar 19 8:00 Mar 20 8:00 Mar 21 8:00
Mar 26 8:00 Mar 27 8:00 Mar 28 8:00 Mar 29 2:00
Apr 02 8:00 Apr 03 8:00 Apr 04 8:00


Little Women

Written By: Peter Clapham
Adapted From: The novel by Louisa M. Alcott
Directed By: Leslie Marshall
Produced By: Grace Peters

Louisa May Alcott showed little enthusiasm when, in 1867, her publisher asked if she would write a book for girls. "I don't like that sort of thing," she wrote in her journal, "Never liked girls, or knew any except my sisters." However, in Little Women, what she produced was an overnight best seller, an American classic that has never been out of print.

Set at the beginning of the Civil War, the story describes the struggles of a mother and her four young daughters to hold the family together and make ends meet while the father is off serving as a chaplain at the front. Alcott has an acute eye for the flaws as well as the virtues of her characters and a nice sense of situation. The result is a beguiling mixture of comedy, pathos and romance which affirms the importance of family in the ups and downs of girls' development into womanhood.

In Peter Clapham's adaptation, this is a play for the whole family. With a cast of eleven richly varied characters, it provides a showcase for some of Guelph's bright young talents.

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Apr 30 8:00 May 01 8:00 May 02 8:00
May 07 8:00 May 08 8:00 May 09 8:00 May 10 2:00
May 14 8:00 May 15 8:00 May 16 8:00

Little Women Set