2020 Provincial Drama Festival

Hosted by: Northcliffe Drama Club
Grand Falls·Windsor, NL
April 12-18, 2020

Sunday, April 12th – 8:00 PM
Self-Help by Norm Foster
Northcliffe Drama Club, Grand Falls·Windsor

The Savages, second rate actors give their mistress, the Theatre, the cold shoulder to become millionaire self-help gurus. Sadly their love life is the first thing to go, but they aren’t going to let a dead body give the game away. Their lives unravel in a farce as they try to conceal a body and hold on to their falsely won fame. They, and their hard-nosed agent, will do all they can to hide the body from the prying investigative reporter, nosy police detective, and anxious housemaid.

Monday, April 13th – 8:00 PM
Jitters by David French
Avion Players, Gander

This backstage comedy, opens on the night of a preview of a new play, “The Care and Treatment of Roses.” Within minutes, the audience is plunged into the world of the theatre, a world of instant loves and hates, easily bruised egos, contradictory interpretations of role and script—all complicated by crises involving faulty props, lost lines, and bad reviews, and all magnified by the opening night “jitters” of cast, crew, writer and director.

Tuesday, April 14th – 8:00 PM
The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard
Carol Players, Labrador West

After her husband dies, aging Miss Helen begins to fill her home and garden in the remote South African bush with strange sculptures made from cement, glass, wire, and recycled materials like used beer cans and old headlights. As she seems to be increasingly unable to care for herself, Helen becomes the source of a struggle between the local pastor who wants to get Miss Helen into an old-age home, and Elsa, a young teacher who is determined that Miss Helen remain free.

Wednesday, April 15th – 8:00 PM
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
Off·Broadway Players, Corner Brook

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

Thursday, April 16th – 8:00 PM
Calendar Girls by Tim Firth
St. John’s Players, St. John’s

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.

Friday, April 17th – 8:00 PM
The Tin Woman by Sean Grennan
Northern Lights Theatre Company, Labrador West

Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend’s urging, Joy tracks down Jack’s family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack’s death? Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life.

Saturday, April 18th – 7:00 PM
Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte
Mokami Players, Happy Valley·Goose Bay

On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm, during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie sheltering in a barn beside his horse. With innocence and humour, the two discover a charming first love. But the year is 1914, and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. Together, they attempt to hide their love, galloping through the fields for a place and time where the tumultuous uncertainties of battle can’t find them. A play with a heart as big as the skies that serve as its stage, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.