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Orléans Older Players tackle Sweddish Berries in latest production
By Heather Jamieson
Orléans Online

In a play touted as "not a fake production, but entirely based on alternative facts," the Orléans Young Players recreational adult drama class, also known as OOPS, takes to the Shenkman's Richcraft Theatre stage for two performances on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The OOPS Avengers: A Very Berry Adventure combines such timely topics as superheroes and Swiss Chalet, combined with show tunes from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma. What happens when the world must call on five languishing superheroes to halt the nefarious plot of Eva Destruction and Mal Licious to corner the world's Swedish Berries Market?

The Orleans Older Players class take to the Richcraft Theatre stage this weekend with their production of OOPS Avengers: A Very Berry Adventure. Photo provided

What superpowers will they need to defeat the bad guys in a world preoccupied with the sensational? Who is Dr. Sybil Dreacht and why does Dr. Axel Filbert care?

With a cast of nine, this OYP production continues the OOPS tradition of providing an opportunity for veteran and neophyte adult actors to experience the thrill of live theatre. Together since September, the class has explored character development, staging, voice and movement under the direction of teacher and director Susan Flemming.

"This has been a particularly interesting class as there are almost as many 'first-timers' as returning actors. I get goosebumps every time a student performs on stage for the first time. I am always so proud of them for their effort and courage," says Flemming.

"With the proliferation of superheroes in pop culture, I couldn't resist writing a script that explores the phenomenon, albeit from a different and slightly skewed angle," she adds.

Performances are Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for children) are available at the door. For more information about OYP class for adults and children, including classes in French, March Break and summer camps, visit www.oypts.ca.


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