Summerside Feast Dinner Theatre cast is ready to whip out one-liners, sing, play, and serve, the musical comedy We Are the Champions.
J. Adam Bassett, an East Coast Music Association-nominated recording artist and Feast veteran of 20 years has been asked for guidance on how to channel the bravura of a character. “Sid (Acharya) is soft-natured, but his character, ‘Freddie Jupiter,’ has loud mannerisms. After being asked, I gave some guidance on how to have swagger when walking, confidence and flamboyance,” said Basset, who plays Merwin Schurman.
Schurman is the host of the PEI Academy Awards, which sets the backdrop of the story. “I first performed in the Feast production called Leaving on A Jet Plane in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1999. After performing in numerous Feast productions, I went on to have a career in Education and lived in Nunavut for 10-years. I recently moved back to PEI to continue my career as a teacher,” said Bassett.
“…it’s invigorating to step back into Feast and work with the younger cast. It’s also a lot of fun to be around my old friends in the business, Mike Allison, Sherri-Lee (Pike), and Adam MacGregor.”
Sid Acharya is a student of the School of Performing Arts in Holland College, on the Berklee School of Music pathway. “I’ve been a musician in India for 10-years and I’m trained in Indian classical music, but I’ve experimented with various genres from around the world,” said Acharya, who is playing the Feast character Freddie Jupiter.
“Freddie is one of the most popular PEI musicians (in the script). He is very confident, edging on cocky and the girls are all over him, but he’s an incredible musician,” he said.
This is Grace Blacquiere’s first time performing in the Feast Dinner Theatre. “I started as a singer and pianist for the Summerside Intermediate School band and continued to sing in Three Oaks Senior High choir and Rhythm and Blues Band. I taught myself guitar to prepare for Feast and learned to play bass guitar with this cast,” she said.
“This experience has definitely opened my range of musical instruments,” added Blacquiere, who will juggle two Feast characters—Cindi Stylez and Nat Doiron.
“Cindi is the queen of style and she’s very confident and wants to be PEI famous in entertainment. My second character, Nat, is very laid-back and has a country twang. Nat is already famous and a free spirit, which sometimes needs to be reined in.”
Mitch O’Blenis, Sarah Eddie, and Josée Champoux are the other three talented returning cast members.
The writer of We Are the Champions, Mike Allison said, “This is a fun musical comedy for all the ages.”
This summer Feast hosts two different productions. The Rodd Charlottetown hotel, on 75 Kent Street, kicked off its production, Crazy Rich Islanders, June 21. Brothers 2 Restaurant in Summerside begins We Are the Champions June 28. feastdinnertheatres.com