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Antigonish, NS (July 12, 2017) – Excitement is rampant at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre as the company prepares to open its 30th anniversary season on Thursday July 13th with new Artistic Director Andrea Boyd and an all-star cast including Gemini award winner Hugh Thompson who stars in all three main stage plays.

The first play to open for the repertory season is The Hound of the Baskervilles. This rollicking spoof of the beloved Sherlock Holmes mystery was adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus Company. Directed by Boyd herself, it features Christian Murray, Hugh Thompson, and Jeremy Webb. The three men play 17 different parts in this fast-paced madcap adventure.

It is a well-known story – Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead, having apparently tip-toed to his final resting place. Sir Henry, a Canadian, arrives to take his rightful place at Baskerville Hall amidst tales of a terrifying Hound on the loose. It’s up to Sherlock Holmes and Watson to keep Sir Henry alive long enough to track down the evil mastermind. In this adaptation of the tale, laughter abounds amid hilarious character changes, creative costume swaps, and brilliantly wacky banter.

The show previews on Wednesday, July 12th, and opens on Thursday, July 13th, at the Bauer Theatre located on the StFX University campus in Antigonish.

Adding to the main stage series next is Kingfisher Days by Susan Coyne, a heartwarming nostalgic play based on a memoir by Coyne. Kingfisher Days, directed by Mary Vingoe, opens on July 20th featuring Francine Deschepper, Jennifer Roberts, and Hugh Thompson. The third play in the series is Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl, opening on August 10th. Directed by Boyd, and featuring a large ensemble cast, this will be the first Canadian production of this highly-acclaimed contemporary romantic comedy.

The Family Stage will present Martha, a charming award-winning play from Scotland, that will delight the young and the young-at-heart alike. Directed by Richie Wilcox, and featuring Sansom Marchand and Naomi Vogt, this play is a beautiful story about friendship with original music and enchanting puppetry. Martha runs from July 25 – August 5, 10 am daily, also at the Bauer Theatre.

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations, the staff at Festival Antigonish are pleased to introduce several new initiatives this season. This includes pay-what-you previews for all shows, a special relaxed performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles, a reading series of three Canadian plays, a streamlined ticketing system, a pop-up box office that will appear at events and fairs throughout the region all summer, and local product additions and improvements at the theatre’s bar called “The Green Room”. The bar is open pre-show and post-show every night and patrons are invited to enjoy a beverage in the comfort of the lounge or on the welcoming patio, and mingle with the cast and team after the performance.

For more details and a complete show schedule, please visit www.festivalantigonish.com. Festival Antigonish recognizes the generous support of its funding partners and sponsors, including Main Stage Co-Sponsors – MacLeod Group and Atlantic Windows – and Family Stage sponsor East Coast Credit Union.

About Festival Antigonish

Festival Antigonish has established a proud legacy as the premier summer repertory theatre in Atlantic Canada. With a history that spans three decades, a patron base that includes thousands of regional, national, and international tourists, an acclaimed reputation as a local economic and cultural anchor, and an artistic commitment to excellence, we are proud of our successes and we are committed to growth. We strive to create a supportive environment for Nova Scotian artists while producing and presenting a balanced selection of Canadian and international works. Each summer, we bring together some of the best writers, actors, technicians, and directors to produce an award-winning Main Stage Series, a Family Show, and a selection of innovative theatrical and artistic presentations. We are the proud recipients of the 2017 Festivals and Events tourism award from Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores.

Media Contact:
Reema Fuller
Managing Director
rfuller@stfx.ca | (902) 318-3375
www.festivalantigonish.com
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