2022 Season at Victoria Playhouse, Petrolia

Written on February 27th, 2022

The Roaring Twenties
Let’s Charleston back 100 years or so with feel-good music, exuberant dances, humorous party pieces and soulful melodies.  Don’t miss this wildly entertaining trip back to the days of flappers, songbirds, comics and crooners.  We’re paying tribute to the some of the worlds greatest entertainers like Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Buster Keaton, and Fanny Brice who were all the musical and comedy stars of the decade.  Don’t miss this joyful trip back to a ‘roaring’ good time with unforgettable hit songs including “Ain’t We Got Fun”, “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”, “Sonny Boy”, “Sweet Georgia Brown”, “Yes, We Have No Bananas”, “Swanee”, “Ain‘t Misbehavin’”, “Am I Blue”, “When You’re Smiling” , “It Had to be You”, “Ol’ Man River”, “Makin’ Whoopee”, “Bye Bye Blackbird”, and “The Charleston”.

Dynamic Duos
VPP musical and comedy favourites Jennifer Walls and Alex Baerg team up to pay tribute to the terrific twosomes we all know and love.  You’ll laugh and sing along as they go from Adam and Eve to Sonny and Cher, from Fred and Ginger to Donny and Marie, and so many more.  It’s a little bit Country, a little bit Rock and Roll, and a whole lot of zany fun!  With familiar songs like “I Got You Babe”, “Cheek to Cheek”, “Endless Love”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Summer Nights”, “Islands in The Stream”, “Jackson”, and comedy bits borrowed from the likes of Abbott and CostelloGeorge and GracieLucy and Desi, and even Siegfried and Roy.
(Warning: Celine Dion may make a random solo appearance.)

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On Golden Pond
Emmy Award winner Michael Learned (The Waltons) and Walter Borden (Order of Canada) star as Ethel and Norman Thayer in this classic comedy/drama about love, reconnection and family.  It is every bit as warm and witty today as when it debuted on Broadway and later became the hit film we all know and love.
Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer are spending their 48th summer at their vacation home on Golden Pond. Norman is still as tart tongued as ever and Ethel is his perfect foil, delighting in all the things that enrich their lives together.  This particular year, their summer routine is interrupted when their adult daughter visits, bringing her uptight boyfriend and his rebellious teenage son.  This powerful story with its compelling characters remains an inspiring celebration of the universal challenges we all face, and the ultimate triumphs of life, love, and family.

Divine Women
A fabulous theatrical concert event paying respect to some of the greatest female singers of our time.  Inspiring and popular songs performed by leading female artists from Musical Theatre, Concert and Cabaret stages.  These powerhouse performers will share their admiration for iconic women who have shaped the world of Pop, Broadway, and Jazz music: Doris Day, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and more, with exhilarating renditions of iconic hits like “Natural Woman”, “Memory”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “I Will Always Love You”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, and “The Winner Takes It All”.

Wingfield Lost and Found
By popular demand, Walt Wingfield returns to the VPP, this time with the seventh (and last) installment in the beloved Wingfield Farm series about a city stockbroker turned small town farmer.
There is a drought on the Seventh Line, and a search to locate a new well on Wingfield Farm begins -not without frustrations and pitfalls.  Add to that a line-up of hilarious side issues: a cattle drive, a battle with bees, and a pesky red-tailed hawk.  Is it the end of farming for Walt and Maggie, or can the precious new well be found?  Little do they know, the answer is close to home.  This uniquely charming Canadian play is a whimsical reminder that searching can turn up more than what is lost and teach us the value of more than what is found.

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
No one knows how to throw a musical party better than your favourite VPP performers!  Imagine a Dublin pub overflowing with bawdy Irish tunes mixed with heart-wrenching ballads and exciting Celtic melodies.  There’ll be flying fiddles, guitars and accordions along with high-stepping, hand-clappin’, toe-tappin’ fun entertainment.
From glen to glen and down the mountain side you will be serenaded with Irish classics including “The Rocky Road To Dublin”, “Black Velvet Band”, “I’ll Tell Me Ma”, “The Irish Rover”, “The Parting Glass”, “Molly Malone”, “The Fields of Athenry”, “The Last Rose of Summer”, the beloved “Danny Boy”, the famous title song and, as Irish luck may have it, a fair many more.

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