The Stirling Festival Theatre opens its 15th anniversary season tonight. The 2011 season has new shows as well as some popular favourites designed to provide music, laughter and great entertainment throughout the year.
Murder is on the menu and is featured twice this season with Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre One Life to Die on February 11 and 12 and Motivationally Speaking on October 28 and 29. The shows take place at 6 p.m. and are $75 per person or $575.00 for a table of eight.
For St. Patrick's Day, on March 10 at 2p.m. and 8 p.m. is The Rocky Road to Dublin. From singing on the street corner to exchanging their songs and stories for the occasional pint in a local pub, this show is a celebration of Irish music and humour. With over 20 classic Irish songs, performed on guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin, accordion and tin whistle, it's a great way to celebrate this famous day. Tickets are $29 each.
Families and kids will enjoy Goldilocks and the Three Canadian Bears on March 19 at 2 p.m. This popular fairy tale comes to life with a wonderfully colourful pallet of music from the Ottawa Valley with a contemporary sound, a combination of witty kid satire and three really cute environmentally friendly bears. Tickets are $8.
In honour of the birthday of the Red Hat Society, on April 25, HATS! The Musical, is a new show about a woman in her 49th year facing the BIG 5-0. The show is being presented from April 19 to 30. There is a lot of drama and humour as well as songs by Pam Tillis, Melissa Manchester, Kathie Lee Gifford and many more. The show is directed by Panto star, Debbie Collins and tickets are $22 for the preview on April 19 and $29 for shows April 22 to 30.
Singer, guitarist, Bill Cayley stars in The Legend in Black, a tribute to country music superstar Johnny Cash, here for one show only on May 7. Tickets are $29.
The International Tenors, on May 18 and May 19, will perform opera, musical theatre, operetta and pop standards. The show is a stirring tribute to the famous tenors of the past including Enrico Caruso, the world's first tenor superstar, Mario Lanza, Hollywood's biggest star in the 1950's, and Luciano Pavarotti. Tickets are $29.
ELVIS, starring Stephen Kabakos, will be back in the building for three great performances including a very special Sunday afternoon Gospel to Rock Concert, plus The Way It Was and The Best of Both Worlds on June 10, 11 and 12. Tickets are $37 and you can enjoy a pre-show dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for an additional $23 (includes tax and gratuity).
For children ages eight to 12, theatre classes offer a fun camp to learn songs, dance, a little improvisation and the chance to put it all together in a talent showcase for family and friends to attend at the end of the week. Classes are limited to 28 participants per session and take place March 14 to18, July 4 to 8 and July 18 to 22.
Mama's Country Record Collection will be featured from July 12 to 16 and is a show designed to take the audience down memory lane, with classics such as Rose Garden, Delta Dawn, Hello Darlin', King of the Road, Help Me Make It Through the Night and many more.
Sexy Laundry is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about a middle-aged couple coming to grips with their lacklustre sex life, playing from August 10 to 20. Armed with a Sex for Dummies guidebook, they go away, only to find out that when the clothes come off, so do the gloves!
There will be more music next autumn, with Jerry White and the Gentlemen of Swing on October 5, and New Jersey Nights on October 15. Both for one night only.
No Stirling Festival season would be complete without their traditional Christmas
Pantomime. This year it is the classic story of Puss' n Boots, with both family and naughty versions, which opens November 18.
You can purchase Flex Passes to save money on most shows and they are bringing back the 'Tuesday Club.' For more details, call the box office at 613- 395-2100 or 1-877-312-1162 or visit the theatre online at www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.