Gros Morne Theatre Festival announces 2016 program, including new play by Berni Stapleton

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Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the lineup for 2016 Gros Morne Theatre Festival season, running from June 18 to September 24, 2016 in Cow Head, NL. The program for the season includes some crowd-favourite shows such as Neddy Norris Night and the S.S. Ethie dinner theatre, and a brand new play written by Berni Stapleton called Our Fanny.

Tickets for the 2016 season of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival go on sale very soon at theatrenewfoundland.com. (We’ll update this post once tickets go on sale.)

Tickets for the 2016 season are ON SALE NOW at theatrenewfoundlandland.com.

Here’s the full list of offerings from the Gros Morne Theatre Festival for 2016:

S.S. ETHIE (dinner theatre) by Shane Ellis Coates

June 18 – Sept. 3 (Price $50 adults; $25 children)

Journey back to December, 1919 for the final voyage of The S.S. Ethie and meet the crew and passengers and see how she came to rest on the rocks at Martin’s Point, near Sally’s Cove. You can also visit the site to see the 97-year-old rusted remains.

Neddy Norris Night

July 21 – Sept. 1 (Price $30 adults; $15 students)

A wondrous musical journey through Newfoundland & Labrador’s history through the songs and stories that warmed up many a kitchen through the centuries.

The Best of Newfoundland Vinyl

June 11 – Sept. 2 (Price: $33 adults; $17 students)

Hits of the 1960’s, 70’s & 80’s by Newfoundland’s biggest recording stars come to life with hilarious hosts and toe-tapping, tear-jerking and side-splitting music & songs.

Our Fanny by Berni Stapleton (WORLD PREMIERE)

June 25 – Sept. 24 (Price:$33 adults; $17 students)

An extraordinary new play celebrating the life and heroism of Frances Cluett, VAD. Fanny was born and lived in Belleoram, Newfoundland. In 1916, she joined the Volunteer Aid Detachment. After a scant month of medical training she was shipped overseas and served for four years at the 10th General Hospital in Rouen, France. Although she would likely argue the point, during those years she became as heroic as the men and boys who fought. The play is inspired by her many letters to home, detailing the horrors and heartbreak she witnessed, and revealing how her humour and resilience captured the love and loyalty of all she encountered.

Brazil Square by Berni Stapleton

July 16 – Aug. 28 (Price $33 adults; $17 students)

A comedic, irreverent and ultimately poignant new play about the once iconic boarding house district of St. John’s. In a theatrical tour-de-force 5 actors play over 20 characters taking us on a crazy rollercoaster ride through 4 decades with all the humour, wisdom and eccentricity the Square has to offer. Come visit Mrs. Kent’s Boarding Establishment where it is said ” Brazil Square is a Mecca, my son. A Mecca. A place for all people and people from all places.”

As Loved Our Fathers by Tom Cahill

June 4 – Sept. 2 (Price $33 adults; $17 students)

Fierce political and religious conflict divides a Newfoundland family in 1948, the critical year when the citizens choose between independence and confederation with Canada. Told with sensitivity, a sense of humour and deeply held passions by one Newfoundland’s favourite playwrights.

Who’s Darkening Our Door Tonight?

July 4 – Aug. 22 (Price $30 adults; $15 students)

A variety of guest artists from throughout Newfoundland & Labrador will take to our stage on various Mondays.

Memorial Show

July 1 at the Warehouse Theatre, Cow Head & Aug. 28 at the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, Rocky Harbour

A special show honouring the soldiers whose names are engraved on the Cow Head War Memorial. (Pay-what-you-can with 50% of the proceeds going to the Cow Head War Memorial Committee.)

Find out more details about Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador and the Gros Morne Theatre Festival at theatrenewfoundland.com.