Lakeshore Players begin new season on October 31
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Mike Payette, who is helming the Lakeshore Players' upcoming production of 'You Can't Take It With You,' said working with the West Island theatre group has allowed him to return to his artistic roots.
The Lakeshore Players have become somewhat of a fundamental element of the West Island community. For 49 years, the theatre company has united the community in art; we recognize the actors, we can spot familiar faces with us in the audience, and we’ve come to appreciate the productions in a special way. In a way, a night out to a Lakeshore Players production is now a tradition of sorts amongst West-Islanders.
The theatre production company commences its new season with a play about two lovers from quarrelling families. It may not be Shakespeare, but George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ shares a similar message about the importance and power of love. Set in New York immediately after the Depression, the play deals with two completely different families; the Kirbys, a wealthy yet unhappy bunch, and the Sycamores, modest and humble despite their lack of wealth. What binds the two families is the love between the Sycamores’ youngest daughter, Alice, and Tony, the young son of the Kirbys.
“The play is a deep examination of what our principles are, what is important to us,” said director Mike Payette. “What I hope that at least one individual experiences is a realization that we’re all a little complex. I hope for audience members to go beyond the surface. There’s a story beyond everything we see, and the only way to discover that story is to scratch the surface.”
Mike Payette is an award-winning actor and director from Montreal. Aside from starring in and directing a wide variety of plays, he is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Tableau D'Hôte Theatre, a founding member of Metachroma Theatre, and has recently joined Black Theatre Workshop as Associate Artistic Director.
“Although I’ve been involved in professional theatre scene for a while now, the dynamic of the Lakeshore players reminded me why I started getting into this business in the first place,” proclaims Payette. “It all has to do with a communal goal to bring the best of a situation, despite the complications and complexities.
“Within our day-to-day lives, we can forget our own values and philosophies. We can get wrapped up within the financial issues of it all, and we sort of lose the art and the fun. But the Lakeshore Players are bringing something back to life. I’ve walked into something that is very strong, something without the guidelines of limitation.
“The West Island talent within the Lakeshore Players is incredible, and I’m very humbled by their work ethic and demanding nature to achieve the best results. I’ve stepped into a strongly built foundation, and it’s been nothing less than open and accepting.”
On October 31, the Lakeshore Players will celebrate its spectacular journey thus far, and unite us all once again with the beginning of a new season.
The Lakeshore Players will bring ‘You Can’t Take It with You’ to life from October 31 to November 2, and from November 6 to November 9. Showtime is at 8pm every night, with the addition of a 2pm matinee on November 9. All shows will take place at the Louise Chalmers Theatre in Pointe-Claire. For more information on the price of tickets, contact the box office at (514) 631-8718 (opens October 21). To learn about the Lakeshore Players and its upcoming season, visit lakeshoreplayersdorval.com.
Written by Dan Sucar