Sex Please, We're Sixty kicks off 2014-15 theatre season

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Laurel Beechey - The World is a Stage

In a town filled with seniors, Theatre Tillsonburg’s 140th production, of Sex Please, We’re Sixty is going to have great appeal although any age is going to enjoy this hilarious adult comedy.

The plot involves an experimental pill, unrequited love, a three timing Casanova, scheming women, and a surprising transformation.

I cannot tell it better than this write-up from Samuel French: “Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many years. Her guests (nearly all women) return year after year. Her next door neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued, Bud "Bud the Stud" Davis believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons. The prim and proper Mrs. Stancliffe steadfastly denies this, but really doesn't do anything to prevent it. She reluctantly accepts the fact that "Bud the Stud" is, in fact, good for business. Her other neighbor and would-be suitor Henry Mitchell is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called "Venusia," after Venus the goddess of love, to increase the libido of menopausal women. The pill has not been tested. Add to the guest list three older women: Victoria Ambrose, a romance novelist whose personal life seems to be lacking in romance; Hillary Hudson a friend of Henry's who has agreed to test the Venusia: and Charmaine Beauregard, a "Southern Belle" whose libido does not need to be increased! Bud gets his hands on some of the Venusia pills and the fun begins, as he attempts to entertain all three women! The women mix up Bud's Viagra pills with the Venusia, and we soon discover that it has a strange effect on men: it gives them all the symptoms of menopausal women, complete with hot flashes, mood swings, weeping and irritability!

When the mayhem settles down, all the women find their lives moving in new and surprising directions.”

It is always a treat in community theatre to have a show where some of our more… ah, how do I say it delicately… more mature members can be on stage again. Sex Please, We’re Sixty is perfect for you will see our veteran’s Lynda Nevins, Pete Matthews, Laurie Deven and Rita Weiler. It is also fun and necessary to add new actors to the mix and this show welcomes Fred Dupon and Pamela Simmons to the stage.

Sandra Andrews as director and Matt Scholtz as producer are leading the team in this show, with Janet Orr as Stage Manager and Mike Koola, as her assistant SM. Making everything look as it should are Pat Linn our Prop Mistress and the Mistress of Costumes, Sheila Tripp & Jane Brown. Richard Tilleman is able to do a combo this show with sound and lights.

Comedies, especially the crazy ones like this are enjoyed as much by the cast and crew at rehearsals as they are by the audience. Sandra, the director noted: "It was fun for the rest of us to watch the newcomers trying to follow directions, remember their lines, and react to what was going on around them because we've all been there, done that."

It is so true. Concentrating on getting the words right and saying them at the correct time is not easy. Add in the emotions you want the audience to feel when you say the lines; act the part like you mean it, then try and walk at the same time. It is kind of like rubbing a circle on your tummy and patting your head at the same time; it often doesn’t happen like it should. But that is why there are a lot of rehearsals.

This production marks the beginning of our 2014-15 season and the best way to make sure you catch all our shows, is to get a Season’s Subscription. When you subscribe for the season you gain additional benefits. Subscribers always get first choice of seats! Subscribers can re-book tickets with 48 hours’ notice for a $1 surcharge. Subscribers get ticket insurance. Lost or stolen tickets are no problem. Your subscription ensures special arrangements to keep your seat. Current season subscription prices are $45 for Adults, Seniors & Students. It is not too late!

Our three shows are two crazy comedies, Sex Please We’re Sixty; Who’s Under Where; and a clever murder mystery, Ding Dong Dead.

Please note that we now have only one price, $17 for all our tickets. All shows at 8 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Show dates are Nov. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 13, 14, 15, 16.

For subscription tickets you need to contact Box Office at 519-688-3026 or email to theatretillsonburgsponsorship@gmail.com. Tickets for just one show, can use the Box Office number or use our ticket outlet, with our wonderful partners, at the Station Arts Centre on Bridge Street.

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