One of Ontario’s premier youth theatre companies – the Young Actors’ Guild of Playmakers! Theatre School – opens its 20th anniversary season with a comedy double bill at Factory 163 on Dec. 7-8.
“The Red Hat is a hilarious farce of mistaken identities, disguises, financial plots and romantic entanglements – all culminating in a duel and a series of shocking revelations,” promises Playmakers! artistic director Susan Kennedy. “The show is crammed with zany characters and laugh-out-loud situations from start to finish.”
Directed by Stacy Smith and featuring original songs by Terry McKenna, the show was created to teach the teen and pre-teen cast about Commedia dell’Arte – a style of theatre that originated in Italy in the 16th century, but has shown amazing resilience.
The stereotyped characters and ridiculous plots of this genre form the basis of every popular television sitcom today.
The Red Hat is set in the eighteenth century and will feature Playmakers! beautiful period costumes.
One ticket gives admission to both shows on either day – $15 in advance/$18 at the door. Student tickets are $10 in advance/$12 at the door.