Upper Canada Playhouse opens its summer season with the new comedy Where You Are. It features everything audiences like to experience and have come to expect from Morrisburg’s popular professional theatre — unforgettable characters, an engaging story and hilarious situations that have audiences laughing well after the final scene while also making witty and poignant observations about those ups and downs of life that are familiar to us all.

Running June 6 to 30, Where You Are is written by Kristen Da Silva, who Norm Foster calls ‘one of the brightest new comedic playwrights in all of Canada’.

The play is set on Manitoulin Island and centres around Glenda and Suzanne, two sisters who enjoy a peaceful retirement sitting on their porch, selling homemade jam and orchestrating sightings of Patrick, the handsome veterinarian who lives nearby. Today is not an ordinary day, as the sisters are preoccupied with a visit from Suzanne’s daughter, Beth, and also a secret they can no longer keep to themselves. When Beth finally arrives, she also has secrets she is keeping from them, and the three women face things that will change their lives and relationships forever.

A joint production between Upper Canada Playhouse and Orillia Opera House, Where You Are is directed and designed by Orillia Opera House’s artistic director, Jesse Collins, who has directed Playhouse hits including Halfway There, The Ladies Foursome and last season’s Plaza Suite. He also created and directed the popular show Dean and Jerry: What Might Have Been which returned last year for a second sold- out engagement. An Emmy-nominated director, Collins is a veteran of tv, stage, radio and film, and starred in such TV series as Katts & Dog and Wind At My Back. ‘Where You Are captures the essence of family’, comments Collins. ‘Through comedy, it reminds us all how beautifully imperfect relationships can be - and how a little love can go a long, long way’.

The cast also brings extensive talent and experience to the production. Playing Glenda is Susan Greenfield, previously seen in Bedtime Stories, Wally’s Café, Having Hope at Home and The Long Weekend. Greenfield has appeared at various theatres across the country including Theatre Orangeville, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Drayton Entertainment and Cow Patti Theatre. Joining her are Debbie Collins who makes her Playhouse debut as Suzanne. Well-known for her one-woman show, The Judy Garland Story, she was also assistant artistic director for the Toronto Skydome Opening Ceremonies, choreographer for the Grey cup half-time show also at Skydome and several Mary Kay cosmetic industrial shows. Ms. Collins has performed for Canadian troops overseas and in the Arctic and was a performer in the Canadian Idol season four finale.

Patrick is played by another Playhouse newcomer, Kevin Aichelle, whose theatre credits include Mama Mia (Theatre Aquarius), Million Dollar Quartet (Globe Theatre), The Buddy Holly Story (Grand Theatre), Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival), Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary), Jesus Christ Superstar (Stage West) and Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall). Another new face appearing on the Playhouse stage is Caitlin Driscoll as Beth, who has appeared at such theatres as Soulpepper, Port Stanley Festival Theatre, Lighthouse Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille. ‘The Playhouse has a reputation for bringing some of the country’s most talented theatre professionals to Morrisburg,’ adds artistic director Donnie Bowes. ‘We’re happy to continue doing this with the dynamic company assembled for Where You Are’.

Where You Are is followed by the hilarious farce Don’t Dress For Dinner by Marc Camoletti and Robin Hawdon in July, Norm Foster’s new comedy Lunenburg in August and Bernard Slade’s classic Broadway hit Same Time, Next Year in September. The Season continues with The Rise & Fall of Lucien and Leisa Way’s Rock ‘N’ Roll is Here To Stay both in October and Norm Foster’s comedy Ethan Claymore’s Christmas in December. Flex Passes are on sale til June 6 with regular tickets available all season.

Where You Are plays June 6-30. For more information:

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—AB

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