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Sackville's Performers’ Theatre Company reprising The Importance of Being Earnest to mark 10th anniversary

Jack Worthing, played by Morgan Taylor, proposes marriage to Miss Gwendolen Fairfax, played by Carol Schumaker, in this scene from Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. The show is being brought back to the stage by The Performers’ Theatre Company in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
Jack Worthing, played by Morgan Taylor, proposes marriage to Miss Gwendolen Fairfax, played by Carol Schumaker, in this scene from Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. The show is being brought back to the stage by The Performers’ Theatre Company in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Performers’ Theatre Company has a lot to celebrate as it marks its 10th anniversary this year.

Sold-out performances. Rave reviews from audiences. Growing community support. Showcasing community talent.

The Performers’ Company has proven itself one of Sackville’s success stories over the past decade, gradually evolving into one of the community’s main theatre companies and providing opportunities for community members of all ages and experience to have a taste of theatre.

“It’s been exciting,” said the company’s founder and artistic director Stephen Puddle.

To date, the company has staged 14 productions since its inception in 2007, often to capacity houses, with many driving from Moncton, Saint John as well as surrounding areas to have a taste of ‘classic’ theatre.

Such plays as The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, Arsenic and Old Lace, Toad of Toad Hall and Dracula have been overwhelmingly received by audience members.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Performers’ Company will be reprising The Importance of Being Earnest for their summer show.

“I thought we’d revisit it considering it was 10 years ago that we first staged it,” said Puddle.

He said this classic show is “a real crowd pleaser,” and is excited about bringing it back to the stage – with more elaborate sets and costumes this time around, as they are now less restricted by budget limitations than in their early years.

Rebecca Butler, left, will play Cecily and Penny Mott will play Miss Prism in the Performers’ Theatre Company’s upcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Puddle said the Performers’ Company has developed a reputation over the years for putting on “high-quality” productions and his goal is to maintain that standard as the company moves forward.

Accomplished director Decima Mitchell, who has worked with Mount Allison’s drama department for well over 20 years, will be directing this year’s production.

“This happens to be one of my very favourites,” said Mitchell, who has directed two other productions for Performers’ Company.

Mitchell calls the Oscar Wilde comedy “witty and fresh” and is a classic piece of theatre that has stood the test of time, having an unbroken stretch of productions since it was first performed in London in 1895.

The cast and crew has been busy rehearsing and preparing for the show since early May.

Performances run from July 11-16 with show times at 7:30 pm except for a matinee on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. The shows will be held at the Maritime Conference Center at 21 Wright Street in Sackville and tickets are available from Rob Lyon Graphics.

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