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Turkeys, Turkeys and More Turkeys

Nov. 21-24, 2018

It's French, it's foolish, it's frisky, it's farce! It's Feydeau at his finest. Turkeys, Turkeys and More Turkeys is an adaptation of George Feydeau's Le Dindon (The Turkey), written and directed by theatre faculty member, Jerry Etienne and featuring the talents of second-, third- and fourth-year students.

Oh, my god, oh, my god, oh, my god! Will Monsieur Pontagnac succeed in his seduction of Madame Lucienne Vatelin? Will Monsieur Rédillon ever convince Lucienne that he loves her? Will her husband, Crépin, ever escape the carnal clutches and killer coffee of Madame Mitzi Soldignac? Will her husband, Hans, ever catch Crépin cuckolding him? For the answers to all these questions and much much more, please join us Nov. 21 to 24 and bring tissues to wipe away the tears of laughter!

Past Productions

The Wolves

Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2018

An indoor soccer field somewhere in suburban North America. There is a sense that the field goes on forever. Winter. Saturdays.

Multi- award winning play The Wolves is a funny, truthful, and heartbreaking look at contemporary North American society- through the lens of a ‘girls’ U17 (under 17 years of age) soccer team.  As these young women warm-up for games, their hopes and fears surface through talk of school-work, relationships and sexuality, changing friendships, and family pressures.  

The Wolves is masterfully structured, and a true ensemble piece which allows both students and audiences to have a unique, compelling and deeply felt evening in the theatre.

Ring Round the Moon - By Jean Anouilh - Adapted by Christopher Fry

There are only two types of people in the world, according to Jean Anouilh, those who are rich and those who are not. Those who are rich are charming and blind, and those who are not are bitter and humiliated. In a society preoccupied with inessentials and lacking any real sincerity, life is a game to be played by the rich at the expense of the poor.

Ring Round the Moon might be described as a love poem – delicate and melancholic, yet always hilarious – on the struggles of romance; an amusing reflection on the elusive nature of happiness.

It is 1938 France, at the opulent chateau of the imperious Madame Desmortes and home of identical twins Hugo and Frederic. Diana Messerschmann, the somewhat spoiled daughter of an outrageously wealthy Jewish business magnate, is in love with Hugo. But Hugo, for whom wealth only mars any chance of lasting romance, has refused to marry her. To spite Hugo, she gets his twin, Frederic, to fall in love with her. On the eve of the announcement of Frederic’s engagement to Diana, Hugo has arranged a ball to which he has invited the most elite members of society. He has also invited to the chateau a beautiful ballerina from Paris, Isabelle, in the hopes that by turning her into the belle of the ball he can turn Frederic’s head, curing him of his hopeless love for Diana. But Isabelle, as fate would have it, falls instantly for Hugo himself. This sets into motion a delicious carousel of lovers in love and lovers trying to get out of love.

Ring Round the Moon was directed by Jerry Etienne and designed by Vickie Marston and Renate Pohl and featured Grenfell’s fourth year theatre students along with three visiting students from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.​

The Laramie Project  

By Moisés Kaufman and Members of Tectonic Theater Project

In 1998 Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, was severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. This all happened on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, a small city of about 30,000.  Only a few weeks after the incident, Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Company went to Laramie and over the next year, they conducted over 200 interviews with Laramie's citizens. They based The Laramie Project on these interviews. This ground-breaking play has been produced hundreds of times in theatres all of over the world. Beyond its continuing relevance, it is a beautiful and groundbreaking play that changed the way that theatre was written, produced, and viewed.

The Laramie Project was directed by Greg Malone, the legendary actor, writer and comedian. Greg is best known for his incredible work on "Codco", the seminal Newfoundland sketch-comedy troupe and The Wonderful Grand Band; both of these projects have brought him legendary status in his home province and fame throughout Canada and the world. Technical theatre production Professor roy Hansen-robitschek designed sets and costumes and Professor Renate Pohl designed lights and projections.

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Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
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A2H 5G4, Canada

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Phone: (709) 639-6485