KTG to stage its first show since 2020 next month
It’s been a long time since the Kincardine Theatre Guild (KTG) took to the stage to entertain the Kincardine and area community — 20 months in fact.
The KTG is excited to announce the wait is over — it’s coming back.
A COVID-19 Safety Plan has been drafted to safely return the volunteer organization to the stage with a four-person play planned for November/December of 2021. The safety plan will ensure the safety of cast, crew and patrons.
The KTG has been doing a lot since it halted productions in March of 2020. The organization is working to become more inclusive of all those who live and work in the Municipality of Kincardine, which saw the organization undergo diversity and inclusion training and update its Code of Conduct to state what the organization stands up for and against.
As well, the organization now takes membership payments via e-transfers. Annual memberships are $20 for an individual or $50 for a family of three or more. Funds can be emailed to payments@Kincardinetheatreguild.com (ensure to add in the notes section who the payment is for).
“We haven’t been sitting still,” says KTG president Sarah Foster. “The Board has been working hard behind the scenes to keep the organization ready for when it was safe to come back.
“Once we knew it was time, a dedicated group of volunteers took to the theatre to repaint, clean and organize the space — which hadn’t seen any tender loving care in almost two years. A big thank you to all of those who dedicated many hours to vacuuming, painting and mopping.”
The first show back is Buying the Moose by Michael G. Wilmont, which features two married couples with a few misunderstandings that cause some marital issues and lots of laughs for the crowd.
Auditions for the show were held last month. The show features Bruce Fenton as Rob, Sarah Foster as Betty, Ryan Stickney as Greg and Erica Everingham as Cheryl. Linda Lloyd-McKenzie is directing. While the show is her directorial debut with the tKTG, she has directed several plays for Paris Performers’ Theatre, and Stage 88 and Brant Theatre Workshops, both in Brantford, ON.
Though it may be daunting to direct the first production back since the beginning of the pandemic, Lloyd-McKenze is enthusiastic and confident that KTG audiences will be highly entertained by this hysterical he said/she said comedy.
We have a terrific cast, a phenomenal crew, and we are all just itching to entertain,” she said. “We guarantee some great belly-laughs.”
The show will take to the stage for an 8 p.m. curtain on Nov.26 and 27, and Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, with 2 p.m. matinees being offered on Nov. 28 and Dec.5 and 12. Ticket information will be available soon.