Hudson Village Theatre summer season debuting tomorrow

Norm Foster to star in July comedy

The Hudson Village Theatre, the region’s only professional English Theatre, will open its 21’st summer season tomorrow night with Harvest, a comedy written by Canadian playwright Ken Cameron.

The fast paced comedy that will star Glen Bowser and Karen Cromar, each of whom play multiple characters at the drop of a hat, will run from June 13-29.

The play illustrates what happens when a retired couple rents their farmhouse to a nice young man only to discover he’s transformed their homestead into a marijuana farm instead.

HVT’s Artistic Director Heather Markfraf Lowe, who directs the first show of the season, said she wanted to kick the summer season off with a play that would “deliver in spades.”

The comedy is based on true events experienced by Cameron’s own parents.

And while things like marijuana growing operations are normally no laughing matter, Cameron, who comes from Calgary, tackles the subject with a broad, “almost philosophical view.”

Markgraf Lowe stumbled upon Harvest in Prince Edward County by accident while scouting plays for the summer season. Recalling that Centaur Artistic Director Roy Surette said the play always garnered great reviews, Markgraf Lowe decided to launch with the play she feels “the whole family can come to see.”

Other summer shows

Summing up her take on live theatre during warm summer days and nights, Markgraf Lowe admitted while “philosophical ponderings and self-reflection are good for the soul, summer is a time to kick back and relax. Fun and laughter are the order of the day.”

With that in mind, the theatre’s summer of laughter following Harvest will include:

From July 3 to 14 HVT will present C2 Entertainment’s Summer of Love by Colin Stewart and Chris McHarge. The musical review recalling the peace and love era will feature songs from the likes of The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, The Doors, and more.

Staring Norm Foster!

And the theatre scored a coup when booking Norm Fosters newest comedy On a First Name Basis, which will play from July 24-28.

The iconic Canadian playwright will grace the Hudson stage, staring in his own play which tells the tale of an author who discovers many “startling revelations” about his longtime housekeeper throughout the course of an evening.

The theatre will conclude the summer season with Peggy and Grace, a comedy by Bonnie Laing about two retired widows in a camper van who set out on the road trip of their lives. Billed as “Thelma and Louise meet The Golden Girls,” the play promises plenty of laughs. Peggy and Grace, which will also be directed by Markgraf Lowe, will run from August 8 to 25.

The professional Hudson theatre has drawn audiences from the region, the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, Ontario and across the U.S. border since it was founded in 1993. HVT is located at 28 Wharf Rd. For tickets or information call 450 458-2743, or e-mail hvtbox@videotron.ca.

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