Open Sky Series
July 8th to August 26th
July 8th 7:00pm
Andy Jones: The Queen of Paradise's Garden
The Queen of Paradise's Garden tells the story of Jack, the standard-bearer of Newfoundland folktales, in his attempt to get a magic plant that will restore youth to his aging and very frail parents. In order to do this, he must find his way into the enchanted Garden of Paradise whose Queen he must charm in order to get the magic plant. Using his characteristic good humour, natural savvy, and sauciness, and with the help of a lot of equally generous strangers along his route he manages to steal the plant. However on his return he discovers he was gone a lot longer than he thought and he is no longer recognized by his family. In fact they think Jack is long dead. Jack plays along with this misapprehension, becomes the family’s live-in cook and feeds his parents the magic plant. He is unmasked by the Queen of Paradise and is rewarded for his goodhearted impudence with the Queen’s hand in marriage.
August 5th 7:00pm
Mom's Girls: Hot Mom's Girls Summer
Mom’s Girls returns to Perchance Theatre for another hot midsummer night of sketch comedy! We’re bringing brand new material with a smattering of old favourites. Join us for an evening of satire, high jinks, and good wholesome foolery.
Please note: Hot Mom’s Girls Summer contains strong language and sexual tension.
September 10th 2:00pm
Sharon King Campbell's The Mermaid – A Staged Reading of an Original Play
The Mermaid is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea set in present-day rural Newfoundland. Ellida has moved from her resettled coastal community to a larger, riverside town with her husband and his daughters, but she doesn't really fit in. When she's approached by a figure from her past, she must decide between her stable, stagnant life now, or an unknown and potentially dangerous adventure. The Mermaid is a story about choice, agency, and finding out what you really want.
With direction by Danielle Irvine, dramaturgy by Ellen Peterson, puppetry consultation by Jamie Skidmore and stage management by Jordan Vincer. Featuring Bridget Wareham*, Paul Rowe*, Zara Matthews, Nicole Redmond, Patrick Foran*, Cam Johnston, Lynn Panting, and Owen Van Houten.
* The participation of these artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance-Opera-Theatre Policy (DOT).
August 12th 7:00pm
Addison is an 18 year old singer/songwriter who produces and composed her original music. She writes to inspire others to be their authentic selves, and to show them that even though we are different, art is a way to bring us together.
“Art is a form of self expression that can turn the darkest of emotions into something extraordinary, and there is nothing more beautiful to me than that. If my music can touch the life of even one person, my job is done.”
August 19th 7:00pm
Shelley Neville and Peter Halley
Shelley Neville and Peter Halley have been singing together for almost 30 years. They are both founding members of Spirit of Newfoundland Productions celebrating 25 years THIS year.
Peter and Shelley sing songs they love and tell stories about their adventures together. They have sung for the Queen, US Presidents and Canadian Prime Ministers and almost every crook and cranny in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In 2012, Shelley and Peter were awarded the honorary Queens Diamond Jubilee Metal and are self proclaimed lifelong ambassadors for Newfoundland and Labrador culture.
This is their first time performing at Perchance theatre and are thrilled to spend an evening in beautiful Cupids.
August 24th 7:00pm
Mary Walsh: Come Home Year 1966 – A Staged Reading of an Original Play
Part coming of age story, part murder mystery, it's about a young girl's hard fall from innocence to experience, and her all-consuming quest to be a somebody in the eyes of her estranged family. It's the summer of 1966 and Newfoundland is celebrating its first ever Come Home Year inviting the Newfoundland diaspora to come back to their ancestral beginnings, and from all over the world Newfoundlanders are coming home, and so is our heroine, Marietta. For reasons forever unknown to her, she had been sent to live with her two maiden aunts and an invalid uncle when she was just eight months old, separating her from her seven brothers and sisters and her mother and father for most of her life. But suddenly at age 13, as the result of a serious infraction, Marietta has been sent from the home she's always known, back to live with her parents and family, the people who'd never wanted her in the first place.
All through that sad, sun-drenched summer of 1966, Marietta tries desperately to fit in, to belong somewhere, to be somebody, but the harder she tries the more she feels left out. She is almost invisible in a house alive with 25 people – a house bursting at the seams with pregnant sisters, Brooklyn cousins, New Jersey friends, Bay dollies, and gorgeous American fellas let loose on the world in red Impala convertibles, all determined to have the most fun summer of their lives celebrating Come Home Year – Marietta struggles to write herself into the narrative.
August 26th 7:00pm
It's that time of summer season again! After last year's sold out show, Jodee Richardson is silly enough to try again. New works, old mistakes, new muscles on old bones! Jodee will be playing all his hits and some of the more ambitious misses. Stories, songs, jokes and recitations. It's always enjoyable - like watching a clown car wreck into a jello bouncy castle. Come for the schadenfreude and stay for the actually very enjoyable show!