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Expanding the dinner theatre

LEWISPORTE – One of the eminent attractions in the Lewisporte area during the summer months is the Hann’s Point Players dinner theatre.

Sara Dorey stars as Patsy Cline in the new production by Hann’s Point Players entitled “Sweet Dreams Still”. Submitted photo

This sure to be hit is a great opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy an evening of laughter.

For the past number of years, the dinner theatre has been directly associated with Lewisporte Collegiate. Typically, the dinner theatre would be composed of high school students who were a part of the drama club at the school.

This year, the committee decided to separate the dinner theatre from the high school. The reason for this change is to expand on the type of plays the members perform. The group would not be as restricted to choose plays specifically for teens, for instance. Instead, they can choose selections that would be of more interest to a wider range of audiences.

The idea to detach from the high school also allowed Hann’s Point Players to hire individuals with more experience.

There have been many talented performers who have worked with the Hann’s Point Players throughout the years while attending Lewisporte Collegiate. However, once they graduated, their time with the dinner theatre also came to a close.

The dinner theatre had originally been comprised of high school drama club students who had already been practicing and performing throughout the year – leaving little or no room for extra cast or crew members come the summer. Separating from the high school also gives the dinner theatre the opportunity to hire Hann’s Point Players alumni and high school students. It allows them to pick individuals who are best suited for particular roles and performers or crew members who have experience.

 Lorne Goulding, the director of this year’s dinner theatre is quite happy with the new modifications and is excited to see what the summer will bring.

“Expanding allowed us to get people with more talent and more experience,” said Mr. Goulding.

Organizations: Point Players dinner theatre, BBC, Sweet Dreams Brittany Inns

Geographic location: LEWISPORTE, Newfoundland, Janeway Children

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