Kingfisher Days Opens at Festival Antigonish

Jul 19, 2017 | News - 2017 Season


Antigonish, NS (July 19, 2017) – After the sold-out success of last week’s opening of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre continues its repertory season with Kingfisher Days, by Susan Coyne, opening tomorrow on the Main Stage.

Directed by Mary Vingoe, and featuring Francine Deschepper, Jennifer Roberts, and Hugh Thompson, this play is based on the highly-acclaimed memoir by Coyne. It takes the audience back to a simpler time with the heartwarming story of young Susan who would write letters to an imaginary fairy at her family cottage. Her elderly neighbor, Mr. Moir, played by Thompson, decides to act as a scribe for both Susan and the fairy, and the play unfolds through a series of letters between them that lead to a poignant friendship and remind us to take the time to enjoy fleeting moments.

Artistic Director Andrea Boyd says she is excited for the play to open. “This is the perfect play for summer theatre. It is funny, nostalgic, and charming all at once. Coyne is a gifted writer who was named to the Order of Canada just a few weeks ago. To have her play, and to produce it with such a talented group of actors and designers is a rare treat. I am looking forward to sharing this play with our audiences”.

Kingfisher Days opens on July 20th, with a pay-what-you-can preview show on July 19th. Shows start at 8 pm at the Bauer Theatre, located on the campus of StFX University in Antigonish.

Keeping with the theme of the story, this is a short play with no intermission, allowing patrons to exit the theatre early and enjoy the remainder of the evening with their family and friends. The Green Room bar at the Bauer Theatre will feature specialty cocktails and will be open every night for mingling with the cast and team after the performance.

Also running on the Main Stage is The Hound of the Baskervilles, a rollicking spoof of the beloved Sherlock Holmes mystery. Directed by Boyd, it features Christian Murray, Hugh Thompson, and Jeremy Webb in a fast-paced madcap adventure that is gathering rave reviews after opening week.

Opening next week on the Family Stage is 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.

For more details and a complete show schedule, please visit 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 | (902) 318-3375


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