The arrival of the fall season brings with it something that most of us look forward to with great anticipation — theatre season! And the 2013-14 season at the historic Grand Theatre in nearby London, Ontario, looks like a great one.
The season kicks off from Oct. 15 through Nov. 2 with “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.” Full of humor, love and emotion, “Ring of Fire” brings to life the stories made famous in Cash's songs. Brimming with the incredible music of the Man in Black, this tribute features 38 great tunes!
“Elf,” a very merry musical for the whole family, takes the stage from Nov. 20 through Jan. 4. As a child, William "Buddy" Hobbs mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Years later, Buddy discovers he is human and not an elf at all. He heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter, but there is a problem — his father is on the naughty list! Buddy is determined to win over his father and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Next up, “The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux” runs from Jan. 21 to Feb. 8. In this flirtatious comedy, Narcisse Mondoux (Beattie) sets out to woo the recently widowed Laurencienne Robichaud. When he thinks he has learned the secret to her heart, he discovers that Laurencienne is a woman who intends to fulfill her secret ambition by herself.
The gritty drama “Other Desert Cities” is in the spotlight from Feb. 18 through March 8. The family of Polly and Lyman Wyeth live in Palm Springs, Calif. Their daughter, Brooke Wyeth, returns home after six years and announces that she is about to publish a memoir that will reveal a family secret. This is a wound they do not want reopened. Other Desert Cities is a story of family relationships told with humor, intelligence and emotional power.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will have audiences in stitches from March 18 through April 12 as six young people in the throes of adolescence compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, these charming overachievers learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing does not necessarily make you a failure.
The unforgettable true story “Oil and Water” rounds out the season from April 22 through May 10. “Oil and Water” is a tale of two cultures and follows the true story of Lanier Phillips who recalls how his life was transformed when he encountered the people of Newfoundland. Shipwrecked aboard the USS Truxton in 1942 off the coast of Newfoundland, Phillips was the only African-American survivor. Rescued and cared for by the residents of the village of St. Lawrence, the experience changed the life of this son of the segregated South. This unforgettable play is a true story of transformation!
The Grand Theatre is located at 471 Richmond St. in London. For more information, please call 1-800-265-1593 or visit www.grandtheatre.com/index.php. And for helpful information on planning a quick getaway to London, please visit www.londontourism.ca.