What to expect with Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s 2017 Season
Since 1980, Lighthouse Festival Theatre in beautiful lakeside Port Dover has been the destination of choice for theatre lovers from all over southern Ontario and the North East United States. The picturesque small town of 6500 nestled on the North Shore of Lake Erie bursts alive every spring with music, outdoor patio restaurants, vineyards, festivals and, of course, professional live theatre.
Lighthouse Theatre has become known as a theatre that boasts a wide range of genres including thrillers, mysteries, musicals and comedies; and comedies are our specialty. Whatever show you choose to attend you can be sure to leave with a smile on your face.
First up for the 2017 season is THE LADIES FOURSOME written by Canada’s funniest playwright Norm Foster. Four women enjoy a hilarious round of golf and talk about everything under the sun. What makes this play even more appealing is that, Mr. Foster not only has a knack for making us laugh throughout the play but he also has a gift for making us think about the importance of friendships, family and trust.
Not to be confused with the musical The Full Monty, our second show of the season is a new comedy THE FULL MOUNTY that tells the story of an ex Canadian Mounty who finds himself swept into an international conspiracy to steal one of Canada’s greatest resources. This cross-country comedy will challenge the actors on stage to play numerous characters that will bring this tale to its entertaining conclusion.
Show three of our season is THE NUMBERS GAME by John Spurway. Since the beginning of time there have been scenarios where two people are not compatible and are best to go their separate ways. But every now and then, circumstances dictate that they really have no choice but to find a way to ‘make things work’. The Numbers Game takes on this very challenge in a touching and comedic way that will be sure to have you laughing all the way home. Sometime, just sometimes, opposites really do attract.
Coming all the way from, England, Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Mr. Watson will share their story of the Hound of Baskerville in our production of BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY. Without a doubt this will be our biggest and most ambitious production of the 2017 season. With lighting quick costume changes, moving set pieces, hundreds of lighting and sounds queue’s you can be sure this mystery will keep you on your toes from the beginning – to it’s explosive end.
Closing out our season will be a show written by one of Canada’s rising stars, Kristen Da Silva. Her latest play FIVE ALARM takes your everyday chili cook off and adds a heavy dose of comedy and heart which will have you laughing to the finish line. One of the things you will have noticed is that Lighthouse is proud to seek out and support Canadian playwrights from across our great country. It is one of our mandates and something we feel very proud of…it’s also something we can’t wait to share with you this summer.
We hope to see you join our other 40,000 patrons for a summer of home grown entertainment.
Derek Ritschel, Artistic Director