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Romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story begins previews at the Festival Theatre

- Celebration of love at the centre of revealing ride to the “I do’s” -

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 16, 2014)The Philadelphia Story, Philip Barry’s sophisticated comedy about class distinctions, the emergence of tabloid journalism and the rocky road to love and marriage, began previews May 15 in the Festival Theatre. Dennis Garnhum directs a stellar ensemble cast featuring Moya O’Connell, as the iconic Tracy Lord; Gray Powell, Patrick McManus, Fiona Byrne and Sharry Flett. The creative team of designer William Schmuck, lighting designer Kevin Lamotte and composer and sound designer Jeremy Spencer bring Philadelphia’s high society wedding of the year to life.

On the weekend of socialite Tracy Lord’s nuptials, two tabloid reporters arrive to capture the wedding of one of Philadelphia’s fashionable elite. Aware there are interlopers in their midst, the family make some rather complicated and comical choices to keep up appearances. As the anticipated march down the aisle approaches, things get thorny when Tracy finds herself simultaneously attracted to one of the aforementioned reporters and her dashing ex-husband, all to the horror of her overzealous fiancé.

The New York Times hailed Philip Barry as “. . . one of the few writers in American theatre to tackle the comedy-of-manners form in which the goings-on of the upper classes take on a satiric view.” A classic romantic comedy, The Philadelphia Story was a huge turnaround success for Katharine Hepburn in the late 1930s. Barry wrote it especially for her, and the play had a year-long run on Broadway before becoming a six-time Oscar nominated film in 1940.

About The Philadelphia Story
May 15 – October 25; Opening: June 7
The Philadelphia Story will be on stage at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake).
The Philadelphia Story is sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

Moya O'Connell as Tracy Lord. <br> Photo by David Cooper.

Moya O'Connell as Tracy Lord. Photo by David Cooper.

Cast: (in alphabetical order)

Guy Bannerman
Tess Benger
Fiona Byrne
Jeremy Carver-James
Juan Chioran
Sharry Flett
Darcy Gerhart
Aaron Hastelow
Thom Marriott
Patrick McManus
Jeff Meadows
Moya O’Connell
Gray Powell
Ric Reid
Kiera Sangster
Jonathan Tan
Edward, a butler
Dinah Lord
Liz Imbrie
Thomas, a footman
Seth Lord
Margaret Lord
May, a maid
Dr. Parsons
George Kittredge
Mike Connor
Alexander (Sandy) Lord
Tracy Lord
C.K. Dexter Haven
Uncle Willie
Elsie, a maid
Mac, a footman

Creative Team:

Dennis Garnhum
William Schmuck
Kevin Lamotte
Jeremy Spencer
Meredith Macdonald
Amy Jewell
Director
Designer
Lighting Designer
Composer and Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

The Shaw Festival’s 2014 season began April 4 runs until October 26 and features 10 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on our 2014 season, performance schedule and ticket information, please visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW.

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