The Milton Players 2018/2019 Season Kick-Off event on September 14th was (not surprisingly) full of vibrant personalities. Guests included a collection of theatre buffs including actors, directors, producers and volunteers. For the last few years, this party has been held at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton – The Players new home base for all of their performances.
While the Kick-Off event always offers wine and cheese, this year’s buffet includes spicy chilli and red velvet cupcakes in homage to two of the season’s upcoming plays. Luckily for all attendees, there were no murder mysteries – the main theme of this year’s first show.
The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig is based loosely on the life of turn of century actor William Gillette, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes on the stage. The play takes place during a 1930’s cast member holiday party, in which something goes awry, and one of the guests is declared dead. Actor Kim Evans plays Inspector Goring whose job it is to investigate the possible murder. She says her character is a bit all over the place, but manages to figure things out. Attendees are sure to enjoy this comedy farce murder mystery, which opens in late October.
The Milton Players operates with the goal of presenting a complete season of shows, but their mission also includes support for local writers, directors and actors. The Game’s Afoot Director Steve Prevost has spent the summer mentoring director hopeful Lesley Quinn, who has a degree in music and has always had an interest in being involved with the arts. A stay at home mother who used to act at the local Renaissance Fair, Quinn is keen to get back into theatre at the directing side of things. Prevost says of Lesley and the cast of this play, “This is the strongest team I have ever worked with. It’s a dream to work with them!”
The Milton Players also support their community through their work with Playright Kristen Da Silva. Da Silva, who also penned a recent production of Gibson & Sons, is the writer and Director of the season’s second show – Five Alarm.
Milton Players Board Member Scott Sykes says, “All’s fair in love and chilli.” This aptly summarizes a play about a woman who desperately tries to win a chili cookoff on behalf of her deceased father – and the relationships that change and develop through her efforts. Actor hopeful, and mother of triplets Kate Pipe was present at the season opener party, and plans to audition for Five Alarm. She says she fell in love with the script and finds it to be both interesting and humourous.
The final show of the 2018/2019 season is Red Velvet Cake War, a story about a family reunion in Sweetgum, Texas – where things spin hilariously out of control. The play is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, and will be directed by Dennis Curley. Milton Players President Ryk Simpson is thankful for The Players recent success. “We’re coming off of a record breaking season, and that’s because our fans come out and have shown support. We hope they’ll come out again and enjoy this season as much as the last one.” He also urges people to spread the word, and says the group looks forward to welcoming new attendees.