A Live, Improvised Comedy Soap Opera Opens at Globus Theatre
Bobcaygeon-ation Street of Our Lives
Bobcaygeon, September 2020 - Three Canadian comedians, Chris Gibbs, Kerry Griffin, and Dave Pearce come together with Globus Theatre to bring a live, improvised soap opera to Bobcaygeon! Bobcaygeon-ation Street of Our Lives will run on September 24th, 25th, and 26th at the Lakeview Arts Barn for an audience of 50 people each night. With the direction of Sarah Quick, the comedic trio will create a world of drama, gossip, intrigue and shenanigans that will also be livestreamed as a nightly episode to homes across the Kawarthas...and beyond!
All three performers are Canadian Comedy Award Winners! Chris Gibbs has performed at Just For Laughs in Montreal and played "Gizzardgulper", one of the evil giants in the Disney feature The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg. Audiences may recognize Kerry Griffin from numerous tv shows such as Schitt’s Creek (CBC), The Expanse (Prime), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Designated Survivor (ABC) and Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC). Dave Pearce spent two seasons as a senior writer on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, was a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show and now writes for The Beaverton.
Audiences will get to enjoy some cameo performances from some of our awesome youth performers as well!
Artistic Director, Sarah Quick says, “I wanted to create something using the resources that we have - in this case a wonderfully versatile theatre space and a company of some truly awesome performers. I don't think that traditional plays translate to online programming particularly effectively but I thought that creating a soap opera, with an ongoing storyline, that could be broadcast each night while being enjoyed by a 'live studio audience' would be something worth investigating!! The idea is that the two audiences become symbiotic - creating a connection by enjoying an evening of live entertainment in the environment that they feel most comfortable. Lots of our patrons have been enjoying the opportunity to 'get out' and enjoy dinner and a show surrounded by like-minded people. Safety has been a major priority - we want people to feel fully comfortable so that they come back again and again...they are doing just that, so we must be doing it right! Equally this will give a great opportunity for people that want to stay home, to see something happening right now, about our town (albeit a fictitious version!!) and designed to be relevant to them. It can become a wonderful family experience to 'tune in' and see what events are about to unfurl...we guarantee a cliffhanger each night!
As an added bonus and to make it even more hyper-local we encouraged the kids from our summer theatre camps to devise, create and film small 2-minute scenes that will make up part of each episode - and believe me they are super creative! I'm hoping they will enjoy the experience of sitting down to watch the show with their family and encouraging their friends to watch too.
At a time when it is super important for the theatre not to lose money by attempting something on such a grand scale we are truly thankful to our Season Within Reason sponsor Wilcox Architects, and to funding received from Celebrate Ontario and the RTO8 for making this possible. We feel like the Arts will play a huge part in the community's recovery from the pandemic both as a safe way to allow people to interact socially and by offering some mental health positivity in the form of laughter, creativity and hope.”
Please call the box office to book your (in-person) Dinner & Theatre tickets so that we can ensure adequate spacing when selecting your seats.
Dinner & Theatre Tickets $75.00 (plus HST + $2.00 per ticket fee)
Livestream admission is free and will be available on Facebook before each performance.