‘A Pitch Perfect’ Launch to Summer Theatre at the Opera House! JUNE 13TH

Posted on Wednesday June 06, 2018
June 6, 2018
‘A Pitch Perfect’ Launch to Summer Theatre at the Opera House!
Gravenhurst, ON - The 84th season of Summer Theatre in Muskoka officially opens on Wednesday, June 13th with Souvenir by Stephen Temperley, the very funny but touching reminiscence of the world’s worst singer, Florence Foster Jenkins.  This true life story has sparked books, plays and recently a feature film starring Meryl Streep.  
Florence Foster Jenkins was a well to do city socialite who, despite the fact that she was almost completely tone deaf, became the toast of New York. Although her lack of talent was a shocking revelation at first for her newly hired accompanist, Cosmé McMoon, he soon becomes enamoured by her positivity and determination to share her very rare ‘gift’ with the world. 
With a long list of impressive accomplishments on her resume, Mary Pitt reminisces about the old Muskoka Festival days when she regularly played on the Opera House stage.  She is thrilled to be back in Gravenhurst playing this great role. When asked how she would describe Ms. Jenkins, Mary Pitt said, “I find her fascinating and I love how truly happy and blissfully unaware she is about her terrible voice. I’m having a lot of fun with this.”
The play is filled with humour and a great deal of heart as Cosmé, played brilliantly by Clive Walton, tells of the unlikely but very special bond that developed over their time working together.
Souvenir is directed by the legendary Sheila McCarthy who is no stranger to Canadian stage and screen, both big and small. One of Canada’s most decorated actors, having won two Genies, two Geminis, two Doras and most recently an ACTRA for Best Outstanding Female Performance.  She just finished directing Neil Simon’s Brighten Beach Memoir at the Harold Green Theatre in Toronto and is currently working on a Netflix show called Umbrella Academy with Mary J. Blige and Ellen Page as well as the new Star Trek series.  
This is Sheila’s third time returning to Gravenhurst for summer theatre. “I am honoured and thrilled to be back working in Gravenhurst on Souvenir after having so much fun with Sexy Laundry last year,” says Ms. McCarthy. “The cast is so talented and funny.  I just love both of these characters and I know the audiences will too.  Souvenir is a great example of how dreams really do come true when you believe in yourself,” she adds. 
Souvenir runs from June 12 to July 13 at the Gravenhurst Opera House, with daytime and evening performances to choose from.  Regular price tickets are $40 or you can pick up a Summer Season Flex Pack and get 4 Great Shows for 1 Great Price. Group and package pricing also available. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.gravenhurstoperahouse.com or by calling the Box Office at 705-687-5550 or toll free at 1-888-495-8888.
For more information, please contact:
Krista Storey, Manager, Arts & Culture
(705) 687-5550 x 27