Following the incredible success of last year’s first-time production, dinner theatre is returning to Transcona Memorial United Church later this month.
This year’s play is a new melodrama-turned-musical comedy entitled Pies, Lies, and D’Skies and is scheduled to run April 26 to 29.
"The play is about a famous pie baker named Granny Smyth who crosses paths with a jewel thief and her henchmen while on her way to meet her long lost granddaughter," says director and life-long Transconian Carol Barry.
"The whole town gets involved without knowing it when two secret agents come to town and try to catch their man. Hilarity ensues and a great time is guaranteed for all."
It’s a play that everyone in the Transcona community is sure to connect with, she says.
"When I was reading the script I personalized things," she says. "We’ve tied in a lot of common things like Hi Neighbour Sam, the Prairie Dog Express, etc. Most people [attending] are from Transcona or around the area. You have to make it so people watching it can relate to it. Also, changing it really made it our own too."
So much so that even the musical numbers have been given some added flare.
"We get a score and then we break that score down and we either change the words or retrofit the music for the scene," adds husband, returning actor and lifelong Transcona resident Grant Barry.
"Do you remember the theme song for Petticoat Junction?" Carol asks. "The play starts out with it but we changed it to Transcona Junction and the way we wrote the song it introduces everyone in the cast."
Given that much attention to detail, it’s no surprise that the volunteer cast has been relentlessly rehearsing since early January.
"We put in an average of 200 hours per actor," Grant says.
"I’m at about 300 to 400 hours right now," Carol adds. "The producers of the show and all the other volunteers have also put in long hours trying to make sure the people attending will have a great time."
Word about the production has even begun reaching beyond the congregation.
"Hosting this play is an integral part of keeping the social dynamics of the church in partnership with the whole community," Grant says.
"We’ve had people from outside our congregation want to help out and contribute and they have," Carol adds. "It’s been a great response."
Pies, Lies, and D’Skies runs April 26 to 29 at the Transcona Memorial United Church. For tickets call 222-1475.
Adam Petrash is a community correspondent for Transcona. He can be contacted at email@example.com.