The Kitchen Witches soar into Studio 1 at The Charlottetown FestivalJuly 6, 2012
Confederation Centre of the Arts is thrilled to introduce an unforgettable new comedy to The Charlottetown Festival - The Kitchen Witches. The absurd, winding plot of this tale from Canadian author and festival alumnus Caroline Smith concerns ‘mature' rival cooking show hosts Dolly (Susan Johnston-Collins) and Isobel (Glenda Landry) who, following an on-air dust-up, find themselves sharing the kitchen and the spotlight on a hit new TV show. The insults are flung harder than the food as the two scramble to outdo one another and The Kitchen Witches escalates into Jerry Springer meets Martha Stewart.
"We should have charged admission for The Kitchen Witches rehearsals," laughs Wade Lynch, director. "In thirty-five years of show business, I don't remember a show where we laughed ourselves to tears every day in rehearsal. What a riot this process has been. "
This ridiculous romp will be stirring it up in Studio 1 all summer from the talent of its two leading ladies. Festival veterans Landry and Johnston-Collins bring more than just a fine-tuned acting prowess to these roles - both are self-proclaimed foodies and will be infusing these characters with their own experiences to the kitchen.
"When we realized that the story centred on cooking, we knew just who to invite into the kitchen," says Lynch. "Glenda is a certified chef and a natural-born ham. Casting her was a no-brainer. We didn't have to look far for her comedic foil, ‘Dolly'. Susan was already well-established as a comedic force of nature as Rachel Lynde in AnneTM. We reckoned that if anyone could hold her own onstage with Glenda, it would be Susan. We were not wrong."
Enduring the witches' antics in supporting roles are Stratford, P.E.I. native Ian Cheverie (The Sound of Music, Abegweit - The Soul of the Island) and festival newcomer Ethan Lafleur (also playing Tommy Sloane in Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM this season).
Join these two feuding foodies in a 'live TV studio' for the comedy hit of the summer. The Kitchen Witches perform Thursday to Saturday from July 13 - September 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Studio 1 next to Mavor's restaurant at Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Preview tickets for July 13 are $20. Tickets for all other performances are $25 and can be purchased in person at the Confederation Centre Box Office, by calling 1-800-565-0278, or online at www.charlottetownfestival.com.
PEI Energy Systems is proud to be the presenting sponsor of The Kitchen Witches. Warm thanks are also extended to The Charlottetown Festival's major sponsor, APM.
The Province of Prince Edward Island, through the Department of Tourism and Culture, is pleased to be a funding partner for The Charlottetown Festival. Media sponsors are The Guardian, CTV, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.
Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
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Kitchen Witches photo cutline:
Susan Johnston Collins and Glenda Landry stare down the competition in The Kitchen Witches (Louise Vessey photo).