Rockton Ag Society gets on with the show

WhatsOn Mar 28, 2016 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

Rockton Agricultural Society volunteers are working in full gear this week, getting ready to unveil this year’s Dinner Theatre Production, That’s a Wrap.

And while many of the usual suspects will be back, director Joan Ballantyne says there will be a few twists to the musical comedy this year, which is also a whodunit.

“At this point, the cast doesn’t even know who the murderer is. And, it’s going to be different every night,” she said mysteriously.

This year’s show, which kicks off March 31 and runs for two weekends, sold out quickly – even with tables added to extend capacity, said Ballantyne.

As in past years, the plot will include homespun humour, riffs on classic songs and in-jokes that play off the headlines.

Now in its 39th year, the Rockton Dinner Theatre features 18 cast members and countless contributions of time, energy and effort from RAS stalwarts, noted Larry Ford, who was on hand during rehearsal.

“There are 250 volunteers for Dinner Theatre, including the baking, parking, serving and everything behind the scenes,” he noted, adding he prefers to work outside the limelight.

Fair Ambassador Megan Maceiras, however, is happy to tackle her role as one of the Andrews Sisters. “It’s definitely a different kind of role,” she laughed, explaining she had to study online video to learn how the singing group moved.

In addition to her on-stage duties, Maceiras will also get the chance to meet a lot of people during the show’s run. “I’m looking forward to greeting guests, and I say the prayer before the meal begins,” she said. “I’m super excited.”

Ballantyne, a professional actor, has been involved with the Dinner Theatre for the past three years, and took over as director from Pam Smith, who helmed the production for the previous five years. She has one rule of thumb.

“We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” she said. “People come here to have fun, and the people are in the play to have fun.”

Rockton Ag Society gets on with the show

Dinner theatre all about fun

WhatsOn Mar 28, 2016 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

Rockton Agricultural Society volunteers are working in full gear this week, getting ready to unveil this year’s Dinner Theatre Production, That’s a Wrap.

And while many of the usual suspects will be back, director Joan Ballantyne says there will be a few twists to the musical comedy this year, which is also a whodunit.

“At this point, the cast doesn’t even know who the murderer is. And, it’s going to be different every night,” she said mysteriously.

This year’s show, which kicks off March 31 and runs for two weekends, sold out quickly – even with tables added to extend capacity, said Ballantyne.

As in past years, the plot will include homespun humour, riffs on classic songs and in-jokes that play off the headlines.

Now in its 39th year, the Rockton Dinner Theatre features 18 cast members and countless contributions of time, energy and effort from RAS stalwarts, noted Larry Ford, who was on hand during rehearsal.

“There are 250 volunteers for Dinner Theatre, including the baking, parking, serving and everything behind the scenes,” he noted, adding he prefers to work outside the limelight.

Fair Ambassador Megan Maceiras, however, is happy to tackle her role as one of the Andrews Sisters. “It’s definitely a different kind of role,” she laughed, explaining she had to study online video to learn how the singing group moved.

In addition to her on-stage duties, Maceiras will also get the chance to meet a lot of people during the show’s run. “I’m looking forward to greeting guests, and I say the prayer before the meal begins,” she said. “I’m super excited.”

Ballantyne, a professional actor, has been involved with the Dinner Theatre for the past three years, and took over as director from Pam Smith, who helmed the production for the previous five years. She has one rule of thumb.

“We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” she said. “People come here to have fun, and the people are in the play to have fun.”

Rockton Ag Society gets on with the show

Dinner theatre all about fun

WhatsOn Mar 28, 2016 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

Rockton Agricultural Society volunteers are working in full gear this week, getting ready to unveil this year’s Dinner Theatre Production, That’s a Wrap.

And while many of the usual suspects will be back, director Joan Ballantyne says there will be a few twists to the musical comedy this year, which is also a whodunit.

“At this point, the cast doesn’t even know who the murderer is. And, it’s going to be different every night,” she said mysteriously.

This year’s show, which kicks off March 31 and runs for two weekends, sold out quickly – even with tables added to extend capacity, said Ballantyne.

As in past years, the plot will include homespun humour, riffs on classic songs and in-jokes that play off the headlines.

Now in its 39th year, the Rockton Dinner Theatre features 18 cast members and countless contributions of time, energy and effort from RAS stalwarts, noted Larry Ford, who was on hand during rehearsal.

“There are 250 volunteers for Dinner Theatre, including the baking, parking, serving and everything behind the scenes,” he noted, adding he prefers to work outside the limelight.

Fair Ambassador Megan Maceiras, however, is happy to tackle her role as one of the Andrews Sisters. “It’s definitely a different kind of role,” she laughed, explaining she had to study online video to learn how the singing group moved.

In addition to her on-stage duties, Maceiras will also get the chance to meet a lot of people during the show’s run. “I’m looking forward to greeting guests, and I say the prayer before the meal begins,” she said. “I’m super excited.”

Ballantyne, a professional actor, has been involved with the Dinner Theatre for the past three years, and took over as director from Pam Smith, who helmed the production for the previous five years. She has one rule of thumb.

“We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” she said. “People come here to have fun, and the people are in the play to have fun.”