• Brian Gallagher

Hudson Village Theatre unveils its 2019 season


PHOTO BY BRIAN GALLAGHER

Dean Fleming, the Hudson Village Theatre’s new artistic director, promises plays with engaging characters who will entice actors and audiences alike.

This past Tuesday afternoon, February 19, I had the pleasure (along with about 50 other fine folks) of attending the Hudson Village Theatre’s press conference announcing their 2019 professional theatre season lineup of plays. It was also a chance to introduce to everyone their new artistic director Dean Fleming. This veteran of Geordie Theatre in Montreal is no stranger to Hudson, having performed and assisted in multiple productions over the years. He was very excited to announce the three plays that will make up the summer and fall season but kept mum when pressed for what the fourth ‘mystery’ play would be for the winter season.

According to Dean, in choosing the works for this season he, “…looked for plays that had great stories, great characters you could identify who would entice great actors. Great characters and great plays mean great actors want to be in them.” From the lineup announced Tuesday the calibre will be high indeed. Fleming said he’s also looking forward to spending a lot more time in Hudson and the area, getting to know everyone. When asked why he took this position he said it felt natural because it will be the 10th show he has worked on in Hudson.

“My goal here is the same as I always have, just to do really, really great theatre.” I think we are

going to be in good hands folks.

PHOTO BY BRIAN GALLAGHER

(Left to right): Artistic Director Dean Fleming, Executive Director Kalina Skulska, actor/writer/director John Sheridan, Box Office Manager Karen Burgan.

The 2019 lineup

From July 3 – 21, The Drawer Boy will delight audiences with this captivating tale about the joys of friendship, storytelling, and memory. A multiple award-winner, including a Governor General’s Award for Best Play in 1999, the play has remained an audience favourite ever since.

From August 7 – 25, Marion Bridge tells the heart-warming lyrical tale of three estranged sisters who reunite at their childhood home in Cape Breton to care for their mother and learn to live with each other after so many years apart. Nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 1999, this life affirming story and its universal theme of family relationships will connect with audiences.

From October 23 – November 3, Billy Bishop Goes to War, the iconic two-man musical that is a tour de force performance will see local actor Bruce Dinsmore bring over 17 characters to life. The play has been staged on and off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Festival, London’s West End and Los Angeles, among other locations.

I have to tell you beautiful people; if the level of enthusiasm, dedication and charm of the production team is any indication of the quality of the entertainment that we are in for this season at HVT – I guarantee that this is a season you will not want to miss!

For ticket prices and showtime information, consult www.villagetheatre.ca, call the box office at (450) 458-5361, or email hvtbox@videotron.ca.

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