Theatre Antigonish is preparing to open its 43rd season with a groundbreaking comedy titled Cerulean Blue, by Drew Hayden Taylor.
When a struggling blues band is invited to perform at a benefit concert for a remote First Nations community behind barricades, what follows is an uproarious exploration of politics, perceptions and relationships.
With a large ensemble cast, original music and jokes that poke fun at all of us, this play is thoughtful, warm, funny, compassionate and very entertaining.
The cast includes St. F.X. students and staff as well as community members from Antigonish and Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation.
The play is being directed by Theatre Antigonish artistic director Andrea Boyd, with musical direction by Jake Hanlon and design by Ian Pygott.
Taylor is an award-winning Canadian playwright. Raised on the Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario, his career as an artist has focused on educating the world about issues that reflect, celebrate and interfere in the lives of Canada’s First Nations. He has written extensively about Native humour and is a two-time Governor General Award nominee.
The play is a specially commissioned Nova Scotian version of his work and Taylor will be in attendance at the opening show, Nov. 9, for a question and answer (Q&A) session with the audience.
“I have been excited about doing this play ever since we first began discussing it with Drew Hayden Taylor last summer,” Boyd said. “Cerulean Blue epitomizes community theatre at its best; bringing together people, cultures, and communities through shared laughter.
“What better way is there to embrace our diversity and challenge our limits? We have an excellent cast and creative team and I can’t wait to share the product of their talents with our audiences soon.”
Cerulean Blue runs from Nov. 9 to 11, and Nov.18 and19, at the Bauer Theatre at St. F.X. There will be a pay-what-you-can preview show on Nov. 8 and a matinee on Nov. 18. All evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m., with the matinee starting at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online in advance at theatreantigonish.com, or at the door, starting two hours before show time. Season passes are also on sale as a great way to subscribe and save for the whole year. For more information, email [email protected] or call 902-867-3333.
Theatre Antigonish is a professionally-led community theatre organization offering high quality productions during the fall and winter months.
As a non-profit organization, Theatre Antigonish brings together St. F.X. students and members of the local community to work together on all aspects of the plays; including acting, designing, set-building, sound and light and promotions.
Cerulean Blue has been made possible by generous support from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Theatre Antigonish also acknowledges the continued leadership and support of St. F.X. to sustain its tradition of high-caliber community theatre for the past four decades.