There’s an ear-splitting cackle that sends tables erupting in laughter as the character Imogen, a grumpy old woman, hunches over the microphone as the presenter of the “Anncademy Awards.”
“She’s got spunk!” laughed Denise Richard, who travelled from Dieppe, NB with a group of friends. Part of their visit to PEI was to experience for the first time the Feast Dinner Theatre musical comedy, We Are the Champions played in Brothers 2 Restaurant in Summerside.
“I like that character,” motioned Richard to Imogen, played by Sarah Eddie, who was disapprovingly waving her cane at the Anncademy staff while weaving around tables to the amusement of the audience and snapping back at them with improvisation.
“The improvisation is brilliant,” said Richard, who was seated at Table 4.
“Some audience members were testing them (the cast) and they worked around it, which is very important in this environment,” she acknowledged.
“It’s been incredibly entertaining,” remarked Rae Carter, who was among the group.
“The food is great too,” added Astella Mallais. “Every cast member was brilliant—especially Freddie Jupiter,” she said after being swooned by the character, played by Sid Acharya.
While the audience enjoyed the banter, storytelling, musical numbers, and four-course feast—it was the talent of the cast that really shined through. “To be in the Feast cast you really must be a quintuple threat; sing, dance, act, play a musical instrument, and serve,” said Mike Allison, writer of the Summerside show.
“I think Anastasia (Josée Champoux) is a star. She’s a phenomenal singer and a great entertainer,” said Carter, whose remark was met with approval.
“We knew the cast would play different instruments, but it’s phenomenal how they can bounce from one to the other. It’s been very entertaining,” Richard says.
We Are the Champions is playing at Brothers 2 Restaurant in Summerside on select days through the summer. A second Feast Dinner Theatre musical comedy takes place in Charlottetown, called Crazy Rich Islanders, playing at the Rodd Charlottetown hotel. For info and booking visit feastdinnertheatres.com.