After a seemingly endless winter, summer weather is suddenly upon us. And with it, the 2018 season at Theatre Lac-Brome, in beautiful downtown Knowlton.
This year, the program begins June 2, with the multi-talented Montreal singer and consummate entertainer Gregory Charles. It wraps up Sept. 1 with perennial favourites, the ascerbic musical duo, Bowser & Blue.
In between, another theatre favourite Vintage Wine, singing Nashville (June 16); Concert des Voix Ferrées (June 17); and the surefire Encore! Highlights of Broadway and Opera (June 24).
George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion opens July 7, and the vastly popular Knowlton House and Garden Tour does the rounds, July 11. La Comédie Humaine is in for two nights with Rendez-Vous Amoureux, July 14 and Aug. 12; and Charles Ludlam’s The Mystery of Irma Vep camps up the floorboards, beginning July 28.
The debut edition of the Festival Cinéma de Knowlton takes over the theatre for four days and nights Aug. 16 to 19; and Natalie Choquette, famous for singing on her head while wearing flippers two years ago, is back with more mayhem, Aug. 23 to 25, with Murder at the Opera.
“It’s a classic program,” said Lac-Brome Director General Nicholas Pynes recently, in the theatre’s airy new addition, against a back-drop of vintage posters advertising “Historic and Gay Montreal” nightlife from the 1940s.
“Last season was, perhaps, considered modest, but my approach is pragmatic. This year, we have literally something for everyone and hopefully, it will all prove entertaining.”
Pynes points to his own scaled-back production of Pygmalion, a new adaptation for six actors, with music from the immortal My Fair Lady, which Shaw’s play inspired. He is very excited about Irma Vep, the late 20th century classic by Canada’s own Ludlam that sends up Gothic melodrama, and may involve cross-dressing; and by Murder at the Opera, the premiere of a brand new production by the talented Choquette.
“This last year has been an experiment,” Pynes explained, referring to the first full-time use of the major new space to welcome ballet, music, local theatre and private events all year long.
It’s part of a long-term plan to develop programming year round that will appeal to as many people as possible. We hope to reflect the community, both local and regional.
“Not everything is going to appeal to everyone, but my favourite quote from a theatre-goer is this: “I’m not sure I liked the play, but I’m glad I saw it.”
Theatre Lac-Brome is located at 9 Mt. Echo Rd. in Knowlton. Phone 450-242-2270, or log on to theatrelacbrome.ca