Stone Fence Theatre's documentary musical, Here Comes the Train! The Ottawa Valley Railway Story has been so popular that it has scheduled another extra performance this fall.
A special 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 3 at the Eganville Community Centre has been added to accommodate the demand after a series of sold-out houses. Youth under 18 are free at this matinee, as they will also be at an October 17 matinee in Killaloe.
The company's director and one of its leading ladies, Chantal Elie-Sernoskie, "I'm always amazed at the impact a Stone Fence show has on the audience, because it stems from local stories. It touches people on such a personal level and this show is no exception. It was very interesting for me to play Gwen Woermke, a real life character, and then get to meet her and listen to her stories."
As the company gears up for a return to the stage on September 26, which is already sold out, Ms. Elie-Sernoskie is taking a short maternity leave. She says, "I will miss being in the production onstage this fall but it will also be interesting to see the story from the audience's perspective. I am looking forward to some down time with the new baby but will still be working hard on getting our Christmas show up and running."
Her role in Here Comes the Train! is being covered by Stephanie Keon-Pinkerton of Eganville. "We will miss Chantal," Mr. Theilheimer says. "She has brought our company to a whole new artistic level, and we look forward to getting her back. We are all excited, though, to be working with Stephanie again." Ms. Keon-Pinkerton, who teaches at St. Andrews School in Killaloe, was in some of the company's earliest productions including Reflections Of A Century - The Musical.
Ms. Elie-Sernoskie adds, "We are fortunate to have Stephanie for the fall shows. She has a great enthusiasm for joining the cast again and we hope to work with her on future productions. Her whole family has been a big part of Stone Fence Theatre's success and our upcoming Christmas show is no exception."
The company is also now going in to rehearsals of a brand-new Christmas musical comedy called Valley Vic and the Christmas Temptations, which is going to be performed this November and December in Killaloe, Pembroke and Renfrew. It features Ambrose Mullin, Fran Pinkerton, Shirley Hill, Rita Tolhurst, Lawrie Barton, a band consisting of Schroeder Nordholt, Bryan Walsh, Derek Tolhurst, Robin Pinkerton and Mr. Theilheimer, and it presents Pembroke's Kaylee Garcia. It’s a hilarious one-act show that’s been described as “Motown meets the Ottawa Valley”.
But that’s not all! Due to the popularity of Here Comes the Train, the company plans to take the show to several more Valley towns in the winter. They are considering going to Chalk River, Almonte, Bancroft, Arnprior, Pembroke and Constance Bay.
"This year appears to be shaping up as one of our biggest, and most fun years ever," says Mr. Theilheimer.
Information and tickets are available at the company's website, www.stonefence.ca, or by phone at the box office: 613-628-6600.