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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

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Sara Dorey began her journey with the Hann’s Point Players in 2009 when she was in Grade 11 at Lewisporte Collegiate. She started as the “prop girl”, setting up the stage and helping with scene changes. She also unveiled her voice to the public during a few performances as the featured singer that particular year.

Then, in 2010, Sara was chosen to be the featured musician of the dinner theatre and also performed some small acting roles.

The changes to the dinner theatre this year gave Sara the opportunity to work with Hann’s Point Players once again.  With her musical background, Mr. Goulding felt that Sara would be the perfect to play the lead role of Patsy Cline in the play “Sweet Dreams Still”.

“It’s the best job ever,” said Sara.

Megan Rowsell is another alumni of the Hann’s Point Players dinner theatre. She began working with them in 2006 after being a member of the Lewisporte Collegiate drama club.

As soon as Megan heard about the modifications to the structure or the dinner theatre, she immediately contacted Mr. Goulding and applied for a position this summer.

Although she has not been involved with the Hann’s Point Players since the summer of 2008, Megan has continued to pursue her passion for theatre while she was attending university. This includes a production created as a fundraiser for the Janeway Children’s Hospital. She would also be sure to visit the dinner theatre groups formed after she graduated, and help out whenever she could during the summer.

This summer, Megan is not only acting in both plays, but she is also the assistant director to Mr. Goulding.

“I needed someone to help me out and I knew what Megan was capable of,” said Mr. Goulding.

Megan has seen exactly how the dinner theatre has been organized for the past few years, but feels that the changes that have been implemented this summer is certainly for the best.

“It’s great – we’re really expanding on what we did before,” said Megan. “A Newfoundland show might not be you’re thing, it really gives people options.”

The final major change that is planned for this summer is the menu. In previous years, there was a two-course meal prepared, however, this year they have changed it to a three-course meal. This includes soup or garden salad with roll, pan fried cod, stuffed chicken breast or hot turkey dinner and a traditional Newfoundland dessert.

The opening show of “Sweet Dreams Still” is scheduled for July 21 and “The BBC Variety Show” is scheduled to debut on July 25.

The shows are being held at the Brittany Inns in Lewisporte every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night throughout the summer with the exception of the final week where they also have one Tuesday show scheduled.

Mr. Goulding would like to remind the public that Hann’s Point Players will also be continuing with their lunch hour concert at the Lewisporte yacht club every Friday beginning on July 22.

It’s bound to be a summer full of music, theatre and laughter.

For more information or to make a reservation for a show, call 535-2533.

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

Geographic location: LEWISPORTE, Newfoundland, Janeway Children

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