Kemptville Players’ 50th anniversary and a new season!

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by Cathie Raina

The Kemptville Players Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the Canadian production of Norm Foster’s play “Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak.”Rehearsals are well under way, so mark your calendars with the show dates: October 26–29, 2017, at the Urbandale Arts Centre. See what happens when Sadie Flynn, a convicted husband killer just released from prison, arrives in the small town of Big Oak. When Sadie’s bus rolls in, the sleepy town has a huge wake-up call! Help us have the best season yet!

A lot of plays have been rehearsed and performed over our 50-year history. Our very own and well-known Vida Hopson arrived in Kemptville in 1949 when Jim Morton was the head of an informal drama group called Play for Fun, a group that lasted until the 1950s. Then, after a 10-year hiatus, Vida revived the group in April 1967, naming it the St. James Players. Its first production was Noel Coward’s “I’ll Leave It To You,” put on at Leslie Hall. By 1974, the group had changed its name to the Kemptville Players to reflect the community. The name was incorporated in 1980 so our name is now officially Kemptville Players Inc. or KPI. We’ve performed plays at North Grenville High School and the Parish Hall at KCAT but most of our productions were presented at Leslie Hall. We now present our plays at The Urbandale Arts Centre at the Municipal Centre.

Come and see this wonderful play and help us celebrate our 50th anniversary. Tickets can be purchased at B&H, Business Strategies, and at the door. You can also buy tickets online on September 15 at www.kemptvilleplayers.ca, or call Elaine at 613-258-5137. Tickets for the show are $15 and dinner theatre tickets for Saturday, October 28 are $45. We look forward to seeing you in October!

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