Crazy Rich Islanders
Rodd Charlottetown Hotel
A couple of passionate Islanders are ready to pitch their weird and wacky business ideas to a panel of wealthy philanthropists. Will they dodge getting drilled and secure financial investment or be left in the dark?
“It’s about Island entrepreneurs interacting in a room with a panel of stiff-lipped and wealthy philanthropists,” explained playwright Alicia Arsenault. “Audience members will be able to get on board with the ‘mainland’ investors and see if they can stomach each raw business proposal.”
A multi-talented cast have been assembled to fill the introverted, awkward, charismatic, and heated personalities, while seamlessly transitioning from song to scene to server.
“The audience will not only have fun helping the investors boil it down to one perfect partnership, but also experience PEI’s fresh bounty of food the Island way,” said Sherri-Lee Pike, the artistic director. “During the evening, Islanders will be able to identify with the smart one-liners and neat riffs as they poke fun at themselves, while tourists learn more about the culture of PEI.”
Feast Dinner Theatre is the longest running production in Canada, say organizers, celebrating 41 seasons this year. The Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, kicks off its production June 21. Shows are on select dates; see feastdinnertheatres.com for details. Book tickets for the Rodd Charlottetown at 902-629-2321.
We Are the Champions
Brothers 2, Summerside
Feast Dinner Theatre’s latest Summerside musical comedy is We Are the Champions by playwright Mike Allison, known as the head writer of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes
“It’s set in the current day but with flashbacks to 2017 and 2018 award shows, so we get to watch the rise (and fall) of local celebrities in their hilarious battles to break through the PEI entertainment scene,” explained Allison, who is also the assistant director.
We Are the Champions parodies the sort of musical biopics that have been popular recently on the big screen and is a parody of what it means to be famous in PEI. “Guests will meet people like the ‘established musician’ who plays covers at the legion, the local ‘television star’ who has appeared in nothing but commercials, the curmudgeon who only approves of traditional PEI high culture, and the up-and-coming ingenue who wants to make it big,” said Allison.
Islanders and visitors will be able to recognize the situations and characters, which are played by a cast of six. The cast will play multiple character roles while they transition from songs, instrumentals, and storytelling, to serving the seated guests a four-course dinner.
The Brothers 2 production in Summerside begins on June 28. Shows are on select dates; see feastdinnertheatres.com for more details. To book tickets at Brothers 2 Restaurant call 902-436-7674.