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Markham Little Theatre Presents Charity Begins

Markham Little Theatre Presents Charity Begins

Cast Photo: (Back Row) Carolyn Arnett, Nicky Marsh, Amr Kandeel, Mackenzie Caldwell, Tristan Linderman
 (Front Row) Beverly Sotropa, Stew Granger, Marlene Foran, Michèle Browne, Anne-Maria Hurle


Wednesday, April 13 to Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
                    171 Town Centre Blvd. 
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A Comedy by Ireland Wood

Charity Begins was Markham Little Theatre’s opening play, first performed fifty years ago. We are proud to offer it to you again, in honour of our anniversary season.

This lively play introduces us to Agnes, Emily and Henry, three siblings living in a state prim Victorian propriety with their outspoken mother and an inquisitive young niece. Their world is rocked when a long-lost sister, who left under scandalous circumstances twenty years earlier, returns home for a visit.

Markham Little Theatre is celebrating 50 YEARS of Award-Winning Community Theatre!!

Join us for our 2015/2016 Season.

Tickets: Wednesday & Thursday Adult $24, Senior $20, Student $10, Group of 10+ $20
            Friday & Saturday $26
            For Prices Other Than Adult – Call the Box Office at 905-305-7469

www.markhamlittletheatre.ca


Does charity truly begin at home? Markham audiences are about to find out.

A review by Sarah McDonald

Markham Little Theatre's upcoming production is Charity Begins, by Ireland Wood. This comedy, MLT's very first play originally staged five decades ago, is a fitting end to what has been a fantastic 50th Anniversary season for this award-winning theatre company.

The lively production introduces us to Henry, Agnes, and Emily Deveral, three siblings living in a state of Victorian propriety with their outspoken mother and inquisitive young niece. Their world is rocked when a long-lost sister, who left under scandalous circumstances twenty years earlier, returns home for a visit. A cast of ten, featuring well-known MLT stars as well as newcomers to the Markham stage, brings the amusing Deveral family to life. We spend a day in their grand English home as they suffer through hosting the dreaded village "sale of work" taking place in their soon-to-be-trampled gardens.

Marlene Foran and Stew Granger are Agnes and Henry, the proper - and exceedingly fussy -- elder Deveral siblings. Desperate to keep their normally calm lives under control, they contend with the antics of their infuriatingly optimistic neighbour, Miss Case, and their sweet but addled sister, Emily (in hilarious portrayals by Anne-Maria Hurle and Beverly Sotropa). Amr Kandeel, Tristan Linderman, and Nicky Marsh, all new to the MLT stage, join in the fun as audiences watch the Deveral's normally prim world descend into a comical whirlwind.

Experienced director Gloria Thomas has returned to Markham Little Theatre to take the reins in this grand production. Assisted by an absolutely stellar crew, she has created a world that is both moving and fun ... but mostly funny! You will laugh out loud at the antics of the Deveral family, their neighbours, and their staff as they hurtle through one hectic, stress-filled afternoon.

Beneath the constant laughter, we find moments of honest reflection. The widow Deveral, played by MLT star Michèle Browne, feels trapped in a world of silly rules and expectations. Her restless grand-daughter Judy (portrayed by Mackenzie Caldwell) is captivated by tales of the "aunt who got away". The absent Catherine, played by Carolyn Arnett, exists as a symbol of the mysterious world that lies beyond the garden path until -- much to her family's shock -- she finds her way home. The Deverals, and the audience, can't wait to find out why.



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