Feast Dinner Theatre cast members Logan Richard and Claire Byrne.
Feast Dinner Theatre cast prepare to spice up Christmas with a cracking production
Cast and audience are linked in one shared universe, an annual televised Christmas raffle, which is no small feat for announcer Ellen Loretta Fields (Claire Byrne).
Fields is kept on her heels tasked with keeping operations running smoothly, including the less than saintly host of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside foundation’s annual raffle,’ Christopher Kristmansen Ringle (Logan Richard).
“I play the character ‘Chris Ringle’ who has two different personalities that you will either love or hate. He has a few stories to tell, like the well-known Maritime broadcaster Bruce Rainnie. But, unlike Rainnie, when the cameras are down and the microphone drops, Chris changes,” said Richard, a Feast veteran of four seasons.
Chris Ringle morphs from a chirpy personality while in front of the screens, and into a backstage emotionally demanding super-star that fusses over his appearance and wants to be the centre of attention.
“This character is the biggest I’ve ever played in a Feast Dinner Theatre production. I’ve been practicing getting into the character by looking in the mirror and trying to portray my emotions, and that’s been tough for me because I don’t like being the bad guy,” said Richard, a 2019 East Coast Music Association nominee from Charlottetown.
But t’is the season to be jolly, and with every comedic misstep, waiving raffle gift or jab, comes a heartwarming lesson.
“There is a little banter going on between the announcer and the host,” said Byrne, who is learning piano for her role in Feast. “And it wouldn’t be a true Christmas show without a little stress or distraction along the way,” added the talented singer.
Byrne participated in the Island Fringe Festival this summer and graduated this year from the University of Prince Edward Island with a degree in Political Science.
She said, “I’ve always wanted to be involved in Feast, so I’m excited to be here. I’ve been working hard in rehearsals and learning how to play new instruments.”
The cast is comprised of incredible singers and instrumentalists that will bring a blend of tried and tested Christmas songs to the table, along with slightly less familiar yuletide tunes.
Part of the Feast experience is a Christmas buffet consisting of a traditional turkey with all the trimmings and a delicious dessert.
So, put on your Santa hat and bring all the family, friends or even work colleagues for the full package of delicious, fresh local food, music, storytelling, and plenty of laughter.
Brothers 2 restaurant in Summerside kicks off the show from November 14 to Dec. 21. Rodd Charlottetown is Nov. 21 to Dec. 22, and Rodd Miramichi is from Nov. 27 to Dec 1.
All shows are on select dates. To book call 902-436-7674 (Summerside), 902-629-2321 (Charlottetown), 506-773-3111 (Miramichi).