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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SHAW FESTIVAL

Bill Snibson and Sally Smith dance together in a scene from "Me and My Girl."
Those who go on Hamilton-Gibson’s 13th annual Shaw Festival Day Trip on Saturday, May 13 will see the lively song and dance comedy "Me and My Girl.” This comic romp from the thirties will provide a theatrical adventure suitable for all ages. The performance will be given in the 856-seat Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Spending a Saturday afternoon in the “loveliest town in Ontario, Canada” can inspire Twin Tiers residents to begin “thinking spring” as they experience this historic village's floral parks and walkways, period homes, and fine shops and restaurants.

“Me and My Girl” follows the fortunes of Bill Snibson, a proud Cockney who is amazed to learn that he is actually the fourteenth Earl of Hareford. Will Snibson have to shed his old life and love if he claims his title and joins the upper class?

The show features music composed by Noel Gay with book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose. Among its well-loved song classics are “The Lambeth Walk," "Leaning on a Lamp Post" and of course, "Me and My Girl.”

Stephen Fry did a brilliant revival of this musical, which opened on Broadway in 1986. During its three-year run, it won a hatful of Olivier, Drama Desk and Tony Awards. To see a song and dance scene from the 1986 show, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swX0qlHRDV0.

“By taking advantage of group rates, we are able to keep the cost reasonably low while supporting Hamilton-Gibson’s ongoing educational and cultural outreach mission,” said Coordinator Larry Biddison. He has been conducting this one-day trip on behalf of the community theatre group every year since 2005. “The cost of this year’s trip is a bargain at $135 per person. The price includes hearing devices for those who request them. Meals are not included," Biddison said.

The Shaw Festival Day Trip is open to adults and to children accompanied by adults with valid passports. Space is limited to 40 people. Transportation for Hamilton-Gibson’s Saturday theatrical outing will be provided by Benedict’s Bus Service. The bus will leave the Whitneyville terminal at 6:30 a.m. on May 13 and return by 10 p.m. Other boarding sites are available en route to Canada.

Although immediate full payment is recommended, reservations with a $50 per person deposit will be accepted on a first-come basis. The balance is due by Friday, March 24. If fewer than 20 people sign up, full refunds will be made.

All participants must carry valid passports. It can take four to six weeks to get a passport. To renew or apply for a passport in Bradford, Lycoming, Potter and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania and Chemung and Steuben counties in New York, contact the Clerk of Courts offices in the courthouses in those counties or post offices that offer this service.

For information about the H-G trip or for reservation forms, contact Larry Biddison at 570-724-4586 or biddison@epix.net. To learn more about the Shaw Festival, visit www.shawfest.com.



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