Community Players pleased with Harvey reception, looking ahead to Cabaret this fall – By Dan Rankin

Considering all of the things happening around town at the end of April and the beginning of May, St. Marys Community Players president Fern Pridham said the group’s most recent production of the comedy Harvey “had a great turnout and great support.”
“There were a lot of things going on, like the Hospital Gala at the Pyramid Centre, but it was well-received,” she said. “I think that shows the quality of the production.”
Auditions for their autumn production of the musical Cabaret are less than a month away, scheduled to take place on the evening of Friday, June 5 and afternoon of Saturday, June 6 at the St. Marys United Church. “There are a number of male and female roles, and some aren’t necessarily singing roles, so, there are some options for people who feel that they aren’t singers,” she said.
The cast for the show will be large, but a firm number was still being decided this week as the show’s director Terry Todd, as well as its music director and choreographer met to determine which chorus roles could be filled by several actors, and which could be combined together.
That show will be running Oct. 22 to Nov. 1 at the St. Marys Town Hall Theatre.
“It’s got wonderful music,” Pridham said. “Songs people recognize and know.”
To highlight those songs, and contribute to their tone and atmosphere, the group plans to feature a full band with as many as seven instruments on stage (up from Michel Allard’s solo piano in Harvey) as well as transforming the entire theatre into a cabaret nightclub.
“It will be like entering a real cabaret,” she said. “So, as you come in, it’s not just the stage, but the whole theatre and the bar at the back that will be involved.”
The story itself takes place in pre-World War II Germany, Pridham said. “It’s filled with some dark tension between the growing Nazi Party and the rest of Germany leading up to the war.”
“It’s going to be spectacular,” Pridham said. “And like nothing St. Marys has seen for quite a while.”