Musical mayhem and hilarity will reign in Cookstown, as South Simcoe Theatre presents the musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. With music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty), and book by Jeffrey Lane, the show is based on the Michael Caine-Steve Martin film of the same name, about two con men living on the French Riviera.
Suave and experienced Lawrence takes rookie Freddy under his wing - but soon a competition develops, and the Riviera just isn't big enough for the two of them. Ultimately, they agree: the first to scam a young heiress out of $50,000 wins; the other must leave town for good.
Rob Townsend takes on the Role of Lawrence, Steve Bainborough is Freddy - and Innisfil actor Jenny Landry is the lovely heiress, Christine. Other cast members include Nancy Smokler from Beeton as Muriel; Kevin Scharf of Orillia as Andre, and Natasha Paquin as Jolene, a former wealthy "mark" of Lawrence's, among the strong ensemble cast.
Produced by Bob Buckley, directed by SST veteran Scott A. Hurst, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will be on stage from October 30 to November 16, with shows at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays.
All performances are at the Old Town Hall Theatre, 1 Hamilton St. in Cookstown. Tickets are $23 each, and can be purchased at 705-458-4432. There is still time to purchase season's tickets, for all of the productions planned for 2014-2015; see www.southsimcoetheatre.com for details.
Note: There will be both innuendo and mild profanity; Parental Guidance is recommended.
Four local restaurants are offering "patron perks" to anyone who makes a reservation and brings their show ticket or stub for that day's performance. The eateries involved are the Olde Bulldog Beanery (705-291-0123), The Cookstown Pub Co (705-291-2000) and Iron Horse Bar & Grill, 705-458-2500 in Cookstown, and Harbour House Grill, 705-456-3663.