Village Players to stage Norm Foster’s ‘Melville Boys’Written by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask anyone involved in Canadian theater over the last few decades, and chances are they’ve not only heard the name Norm Foster, but are also great admirers of his rather large body of work. One of the award-winning playwright’s most celebrated pieces will soon be making its way to Toledo, when the Village Players present “The Melville Boys.”
The production features Joe Capucini as Lee Melville, Derek Hansen as Owen Melville, Elizabeth Palmer as Mary, and Clara Engel as Loretta. Norb Mills is directing for the company. The show’s producers are Jean Mills and Tom Wagner.
“One of the most difficult aspects of directing this production was the casting, because we had so many great actors audition. I think that’s because one of the things that Foster does so well is create such good characters. We really do have a wonderful cast that had to pull things together with less rehearsal time due to the holiday season,” Mills said.
Mills is no stranger to the acting bug. A Village Players veteran for more than 27 years, he has appeared in a number of past productions including The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Mixed Emotions, Cabaret, and the recent comedy Squabbles directed by Wes Skinner. A retired communications professor, Mills spent 31 years teaching at the University of Toledo.
“If I had to describe this play, I guess I’d just say that it is about life’s up and downs, its smooth parts and its rough parts, it has something for everyone, something that each member of the audience can relate to in some way, whether it be the theme of cancer or missed opportunities.”
Known as Canada’s most produced playwright, Foster’s other works include “Sinners,” “The Long Weekend,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Storm Warning,” “Here on the Flight Path,” “Jenny’s House of Joy,” “Mending Fences” and many more. “The Melville Boys,” which was Foster’s second play, was first staged by Theatre New Brunswick in 1984 and was later issued as a trade paperback book by Playwrights Canada Press in 1997.
The Village Players production runs January 8-23 at 8pm Thursday through Saturday and at 2pm on the second Sunday. The play contains adult themes and is not recommended for children. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. The Village Players are located at 2740 Upton Avenue.
For more information, call (419) 472-6817 or visit www.thevillageplayers.org.