In their upcoming production The Dirt on Tait McKenzie, playwright Fern Martin and director Thora Pugh once again combine their talents to commemorate a Mississippi Mills hometown hero.
The Dirt will be unearthed at the Almonte Old Town Hall in a four-performance run November 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30. Dress rehearsal is on November 12 at 7:30 (by donation). Tickets are $20 (general) and $10 (students) and available at Baker Bob’s in Almonte, Read’s Book Shop in Carleton Place, the Pakenham General Store and the Clayton General Store.
After the success of their 2011 collaboration, Naismith is Colourblind and He Can’t Drive, Martin and Pugh have teamed up with a seasoned cast of players to present an entertaining, family-friendly musical play. The show opens with a fast-talking, anything-for-a-story reporter Robin Do-Little (Kris Riendeau), sent to dig up some “dirt” on Dr. McKenzie. Aided by a tech-savvy young fellow (Andrew Jahn) and his time-travelling “uPod”, the audience is transported into the past. Dr. McKenzie (Mark Piper) and Ethel McKenzie (Heather Douglas) are supported by an 11-member chorus in a series of flashbacks highlighting the achievements of Dr. McKenzie in the fields of medicine, rehabilitation therapy, physical education and art.
When playwright Martin delved deeper into the life and times of this distinguished local figure, she was amazed to learn about his many accomplishments. “He truly was a Renaissance man,” says Martin, “with interests in a variety of fields — everything from gymnastics to botany, Greek mythology to mycology. It’s no wonder that he achieved international recognition for his work in three fields of endeavour — medicine, teaching and art.”
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