Hanging out the wash

New musical comedy from Young at Heart Theatre

Actor Brynn Cutcliffe

Young at Heart Theatre is bringing a brand-new musical comedy to seniors all across the Island this month. The Rules and Regulations For Hanging Out The Wash by Diane Barnes and Wade Lynch, with original music composed by Tyler Casat and Don Fraser, will make its debut in April, touring PEI long-term care and community care facilities, hospitals, community halls and senior’s clubs.

Based on PEI history, research for the play includes newspaper stories, oral history, songs, personal accounts and provincial archives.

“The play is essentially about the under-appreciated labour performed by women in the last two centuries. The intent is for senior women in care to realize that contemporary Canadians recognize and appreciate their contributions to their families and communities”, says co-writer Wade Lynch. “It’s also a lot of fun, as we enjoy the relationship of two neighbours (with very different opinions and traditions) develop and sweeten throughout the laundry day.”

Directed by Marlane O’Brien, The Rules and Regulations For Hanging Out the Wash stars Jamie Cordes (who also serves as the musical director), Brynn Cutcliffe, and Marlene Handrahan. 

The public will have plenty of opportunities to see the play this month with performances at: Cornwall 50+ Club at the Cornwall Civic Centre on April 3 (393-2531); Milton Community Hall on April 7 (miltoncommunityhall@gmail.com); Kings Playhouse on April 12 (652-2053); Senior’s Active Living Centre, UPEI on April 13 (628-8388); St. Peter’s Bay Circle Club on April 14 (camcgrath21@gmail.com); Three Rivers 50+ Club (limited space) on April 17 (583-2662); Eastern Kings Community Hall on April 20 (easternkingscommunitycenter@gmail.com). Contact the specific venues for ticket information. 

A final performance and fundraiser will be held at the Crapaud Community Hall on April 27 at 2 pm. Tickets will be available at the door. There will be a 50/50, door prizes and snacks. 

Young at Heart Theatre is a charity organization dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors on PEI through story and song. 

Info: info@yahtheatre.com.