Live theatre returns to the Miners’ Hall stage on April 4 and 5, when the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) presents Miss Caledonia, a one woman comedic play written and performed by Dora award winning actress Melody A. Johnson.
“Miss Caledonia is a funny and heartwarming story based on the life of the playwright’s mother,” Renate Fleming, president of the RCAC, said. “Although set in 1950s rural Ontario, this story will resonate with all of us who grew up in small towns and developed elaborate plans and schemes to escape.”
Peggy Ann Douglas, the lead character in Miss Caledonia, has her own plan to escape the stall-cleaning, hay-bailing drudgery of life in Caledonia. By following in the footsteps of starlets Debbie Reynolds and Lee Meriwether, Peggy Ann plans to become a movie star – and will start her journey to the top by winning the local beauty pageant.
As Peggy Ann’s family is being considered for the Royal Winter Fair’s ‘Farming Family of 1953’ and entering clydesdales, cattle, and preserves, Peggy can’t trade in her overalls fast enough for elocution, baton and singing lessons. Can Peggy Ann sing, twirl and pivot her way into the judges’ hearts? Will she wear the tiara of Miss Norfolk Fair and ultimately Miss Caledonia? You’ll have to come see the show to find out.
Brimming with love and comedy, Miss Caledonia is a highly successful marriage of great writing, storytelling and acting by the Dora award and Canadian Comedy Award winning Johnson, along with the delightful fiddle accompaniment of Alison Porter. Bring your grandmother and your kids, because Miss Caledonia is a delightful show filled with humour and optimism.
Miss Caledonia will run for two nights Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5 at the Rossland Miners’ Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults in advance and $20 at the door. This is a family friendly show, and most appropriate for kids seven years or older. Family price is $30 for family of four. Students $10. Tickets at Out of the Cellar in Rossland or the Charles Bailey Theatre box office (cash only).