When Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.
After their sold-out show last year, St. John's Players is back again to put you in the mood for Christmas!
Step back in time to Christmas Eve, 1944, The Newfoundland Broadcasting Corporation is broadcasting from a makeshift studio at the Hotel Newfoundland. Limited tickets are available to watch the behind-the-scenes madness that unfolds as The St. John's Players perform a live radio broadcast of the perennial favorite, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol . Whatever could possibly go wrong does!
Featuring songs of the season performed in the style of the times, this radio drama is a funny, touching, and joyful addition to the holiday celebrations.
A few days after the death of little-known painter Vincent Van Gogh, rumors are flying in Paris. Some say he was a penniless madman, a frequenter of prostitutes, a derelict and soon to be forgotten artist of trifling quality. Others denounce him as a wayward priest and a foreigner. Many whisper he took his own life in a moment of insanity.
His brother Theo, Vincent's confidante and lifelong supporter, is enraged. Tonight, he hopes to set the record straight.
This multi-image dramatic staging received rave reviews when it was toured with Leonard Nimoy playing the one extraordinary role. The excitement and color of Van Gogh's life and art enhance this production through the projection of images that are easily handled and carefully cued to add impact to the words
To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday on April 23, 1564, St. John's Players presents a fantasy romp through his plays. The Maltese Bodkin is an entertaining casserole. The recipe - Take Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon, drop him in a world of Shakespearean characters and stir. The result - a comedy mystery with a Shakespearean twist. Times were tough for hard-boiled detective Birnam Wood. He never asked to be in London, especially in 1605. When Wood's Partner, Archie, is killed, he takes on the case that his partner worked before his untimely death. Wood hopes it will lead him to solve the mystery of who killed Archie and why. He has to find the killer amongst a cast of suspects that includes Viola, Richard III, Falstaff, Iago, Mercutio and a merchant from Venice. The real solution to the mystery, however, seems to be in discovering the secret behind a mysterious dagger known as the Maltese Bodkin. The worlds of detective fiction and Shakespeare collide in this “who hath done it. ”
'The Christmas Spirit' is a clever retelling of of the 1934 movie 'Death Takes A Holiday.' It's early Christmas morning and Death has come to take Julia Dowling to the promised land but she's not ready to go yet! She talks him into giving her more time and invites him to Christmas dinner, something she hasn't done in years. Now she has to organize a Christmas celebration straight out of “It's A Wonderful Life.” She has to round up her estranged family, cook a traditional dinner and hopefully sway Death from taking her. The next day the house fills with bickering relatives, friends, the local priest - and Death, masquerading as human, singing carols and drinking eggnog. As the day progresses, old resentments surface, new connections are made, and everyone, even Death, feels the magic of the Christmas spirit. In turns hilarious, tragic and deeply poignant, Frederick Stroppel's “The Christmas Spirit” is a touching look at the things that really make life worth living.
Welcome to Witt's Inn! Family and friends have gathered at the home of Gwendolyn Witt for and evening of music, fun and frivolity. It is a night you will never forget as the evening quickly turns into a night of mystery – leaving Gwendolyn's son Winslow murdered!
Whodunnit? The uncle who was about to lose everything? The butler protecting the honour of his sister? The voodoo priestess who was a woman scorned? The maid who has a dark secret? Or someone else the guilty party?
Pay attention throughout the reception as clues and motives will be revealed and you and your friends are left to solve the crime!
Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness – and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital – Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.
It's Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas – his family's Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, his eccentric grandmother, and his battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material.
One by one, we learn each family member's secrets, problems, and dysfunctions, and when they learn that he's writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together?
Family and friends have gathered together to celebrate the nuptials of Rosalind Garner and Allen Downton with a wedding reception you will never forget. The evening quickly turns into a night of mystery – leaving one of the guests murdered!
Whodunnit? The jealous woman who hates her ex-husband's new girlfriend? The bride who is worried about being cut from her father's will? The groom who is embezzling from his father in-law? The bride's maid who has a dark secret? Or someone else the guilty party?
Pay attention throughout the reception as clues and motives will be revealed and you and your friends are left to solve the crime!
This Broadway hit, first produced 1973, is a combination of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov as the American playwright adapts several short stories by the famous Russian writer/physician Anton Chekhov in this entertaining comedy. It is a blend of talents from two widely respected writers from different countries who lived nearly a century apart.
Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society. An unnamed writer (obviously meant to represent Chekhov himself) suffers from writer's block and his own artistic temperament as he narrates to the audience several of his stories. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.
St. John's Players are reviving this well-known tale, complete with its traditional Victorian setting and familiar characters. Ebenezer Scrooge, a 'squeezing, wrenching, grasping man, who carries winter with him wherever he goes', is visited by three spirits in. He sees his life past, present and future, laid out before him and, guided by them, chooses a new path to tread in life.
It's a story that warms our hearts.as Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future remind us that the true Christmas spirit comes from opening our minds and hearts to the welfare of those around us. . At the end of the story Scrooge is relieved to discover that there is still time for him to change and we see him transformed into a generous and kind-hearted human being.
Take a break from the Holiday rush and join us for this traditional dramatic telling of this holiday classic. Sometimes funny but also eerie and frightening; Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been recreated for the whole family and will get you in a Yuletide mood.
Set during the First World War, Mary's Wedding is a powerful, historical play from Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte. It tells the tale of Mary, a young girl transplanted from England to the "wilds of the Canadas" and Charlie, a local farm boy. A cautious love blooms when they unexpectedly find one another taking shelter in a barn during a thunderstorm ... the world, however, is on the brink of war!
Through flashbacks of moments in their budding relationship, Charlie's tour of duty during the war and the bloody Battle of Moreuil Wood, we gain insight into the suffering and sacrifice many of our families made for the love of country. Mary's Wedding captures a time of innocence and courage with rare sensitivity and beauty. It is a wonderfully tender, moving story of innocent first love at the mercy of fate.
The play takes place in New York City and Unger and Madison are at it again--Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's contemporary comic classic: the female version of 'The Odd Couple.' Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Costazuela brothers--but the hilarity remains the same.
The only thing different from the first time the original The Odd Couple debuted back in 1965 is the sexes. The story, the one-liners the people are just as memorably hysterically and fun. Simon must have had a clue on how outrageously funny and entertaining it would be for two women to live together without killing one another.
Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. They discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed the other fifty-two residents of the convent with her tainted vichyssoise soup while they were off playing bingo. Thus, the remaining nuns stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.
Participating in the project are Mother Superior Mary Regina, a former circus performer who cannot resist the spotlight; her competitive but dignified rival, second-in-command Sister Mary Hubert; Sister Robert Anne, a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is determined to be the world's first ballerina nun; and wacky, childlike Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.
A fast-paced tragicomedy; one part modern satire, one part honest investigation. The central story concerns Robert, an American teenager guilty of murdering three of his classmates in what has come to be referred to as a school shooting. Spliced among the dramatic exchanges between Robert and his assigned social worker, a parade of fantastical stereotypes storms in and out, creating a dichotomy between moments of hilarity and sorrow. Confronted by disturbingly accurate exaggerations of the tabloid-like modern media, the audience is made to laugh, and then question that laughter.
France, 1917. Aided by a nurse from Nova Scotia, four wounded Canadian soldiers recover in a field hospital in the wake of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Governor Generals Literary Award winner Vern Thiessen explores how a nation,s defining moment is reflected in the lives of everyday people, their hopes and their dreams. Join us in an act of remembrance this November.
Written by Grand Falls-Windsor native Shirley Morrow, this interactive reinvention and retelling of the beloved classic fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk" has some interesting twists that will have you laughing as your inner child is released. Come and bring your children and allow them to get lost in this magical and imaginative tale as they follow the adventures of Magic Jack, Elsie the Moose, Greta Harpo and Magical Maggie. A great outing that will be sure to please the entire family! Once upon a time...
This Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. In one sketch a fiesty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money. In another, a father takes his son to a house where he will be initiated into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever. In another sketch, a crafty seducer goes to work on a wedded woman, only to realize that the woman has been in command from the first overture. Let us not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.
After a seven-year hiatus, the group is delighted to announce their return to the local theatre scene with its Fall, 2013 production of “All in the Timing”, a collection of short comic scenes by David Ives. This critically-acclaimed evening of comedies combines wit, satire, intellect and just plain fun. It's a hilarious quintet that focuses on language, wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and the complications of romantic relationships.