Feast leaves a lasting impression on a couple that came to celebrate a birthday
It’s said the signs of a great musical comedy is when a joke or song gets stuck in your head, and for Denis and Sharon Dunne, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ was no exception.
There will be plenty of recurring refrains bouncing around after seeing the Feast Dinner Theatre production at the Rodd Charlottetown, which had a sold-out house on Wednesday evening.
“I’m celebrating my birthday (early) here, thanks to our son for getting us tickets,” said Sharon.
The couple said the last time they were at a Feast Dinner Theatre show was in the 1980s.
“We saw ‘The Governor’s Feast,’ said Denis, which was the original production that ran in Summerside for three consecutive years.
Since then, Feast Dinner Theatre has featured timely productions reflective of current events. These have included productions from the 1930s (The Prohibition Feast), 1940s (The Flyer’s Feast), and in the last number of years, everything from the ’50s and 60’s to the present day.
Feast Dinner Theatre is the longest-running production in Canada, celebrating 41 seasons this year. Part of the uniqueness of Feast is the interaction between the cast and the audience.
“Gerard (Ben Aitken) was amazing. He was serving our table and never – not once –did he step out of character. We were also surprised to see the reporter Jen Arsenault (Morgan Wagner) play the fiddle. She was very talented that lady, but all the cast are incredible,” recognized Denis.
He added, “The catchy songs are brilliant, but the wordplay on P.E.I. themes and jokes stood out the most for us.”
The evening, which went full tilt to lift spirits, incorporated a full-Christmas buffet with all the trimmings.
And when the couple was asked if they will return to see the summer production called ‘In a Rustico Minute,’ written by Warren Bain and Matt Bernard, there was no pause for breath in their response.
“Yes,” they said in unison.
“We found this show very lively, entertaining, a lot of fun, and we will return,” concluded Denis.