by Helen MacGregor

You are all invited by Kathleen Lafferty to come to the Irish wake of her late, dearly beloved husband, Charlie Lafferty. Kathleen is Charlie’s widow and mother of their thirteen children. She is earthy, funny and very much the fighter when she has to be. Laura Drover, a Cape Bretoner who now lives in Kemptville, plays Kathleen. Laura has been involved with KPI since 2011, either on stage or behind the scenes. Laura says Kathleen is a very intriguing role to play. She keeps her large family together as she turns a blind eye to her rambling, gambling husband, Charlie Lafferty. Laura pulls together many aspects of her family life in Cape Breton, and she likes the pull of love and angst in the role of Kathleen.

Molly Greany, an old friend of Lafferty (unbeknownst to Kathleen), appears at his wake. Attractive, sexy, and full of life, Molly is a character of some mystery in the production. Judy McCormick, from Russell, plays Molly with a great sense of fun. Judy has acted in Ottawa Little Theatre (Calendar Girls) and is enjoying her first production with KPI. She is having a grand time at rehearsals – “sometimes we laugh till we cry!”

The “Lafferty of Old” character is the man himself. Charlie Lafferty was a rambler and a gambler and the quintessential wild rover. The gravel-voiced Ian Bell from Merrickville plays Lafferty of Old, and he appears in a few scenes with his trademark wink-and-nudge. Ian says Lafferty himself is a complex fellow, with more hidden than showing in his character.

Come and join Kathleen, Molly and the rest of the clan at Rory’s Pub for “Lafferty’s Wake”. Two hours of sheer fun, replete with jokes, jigs, games, stories and songs, including such old gems as “Do You Love an Apple”, “The Orange and the Green” and “Isn’t It Grand Boys”, guarantee an audience-pleasing walk down memory lane.

The Kemptville Players are very excited to be able to present this play at the Urbandale Arts Centre on November 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm; Dinner Theatre on November 17 and 24 at 6 pm; and Matinees on November 18 and 25 at 2 pm. Tickets are only $15 for the show (seats at the front tables get free drinks) and $45 for the Dinner Theatre. You can buy tickets at Business Strategies, B&H Your Community Grocer, North Grenville Municipal Centre and The Book Emporium in Merrickville. Get your tickets now. You will not want to miss this rollicking good time! For more information and online tickets go to: www.kemptvilleplayers.ca.

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