It’s the first of the Festival’s two Norm Foster plays tonight, as Markham Little Theatre presents Mending Fences.
Markham Little Theatre has been active since 1966. In the Spring of 2006, through the hard work of corporate fundraising and applying for municipal and provincial grants, they were able to purchase and renovate a building on the grounds of the Markham District Heritage Museum to create “Backstage”—a rehearsal hall, workshop, storage, and office space. They rent the 530-seat Markham Theatre for a four-night run of their shows. Markham Little Theatre last represented the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario (ACT-CO) in 2008 in North Bay, with a presentation of another Norm Foster show—Outlaw.
In Mending Fences, Harry Sullivan hasn't seen his son Drew in thirteen years. And now Drew is coming to Harry's Saskatchewan ranch for a visit. This poignant comedy tells the story of two men who are too stubborn to give in to feelings of the heart.
At the ACT-CO Festival, Markham Little Theatre was awarded Best Production of a Comedy, Best Performance by a Male in Leading Role in a Comedy (Terry Browne), and Best Performance by a Female in a Leading Role in a Comedy (Michèle Browne), with nominations for Best Director (Kathryn DeLory), Best Stage Management (Julia Guthrie), Best Lighting Design (John Sellens), and Best Costume Design (Maria Cerone).
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