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Truro’s Hubtown Theatre bringing comedy to the stage

Director Marelene Sears, back, watches as actors, from left, André Myette, Paul Gamble and Lisa Gamble, practice a scene from ‘The Love List.’ Hubtown Theatre is staging the play at the Marigold Cultural Centre this month.
Director Marelene Sears, back, watches as actors, from left, André Myette, Paul Gamble and Lisa Gamble, practice a scene from ‘The Love List.’ Hubtown Theatre is staging the play at the Marigold Cultural Centre this month. - Lynn Curwin

TRURO, NS

‘Be careful what you wish’ is the message delivered in a hilarious manner in ‘The Love List.’

Hubtown Theatre will present the show at the Marigold Cultural Centre February 21-24, and tickets are now available.

“It’s a comedy by Norm Foster,” said Marlene Sears, who is directing. “There’s a bit of a fantasy twist to it. Two men create a list of what they want in an ideal woman then the fantasy woman appears.

“This is the fourth Norm Foster play I’m directing. I love the audience reaction to his plays.”

Although she has also acted, this is Marlene’s twentieth show as a director.

Hubtown Theatre is made up of people, from 20 to over 70, who act and work behind the scenes as a hobby. Some people only want to be involved in one show, while others want to take part in many.

“It’s a great deal of fun, and it would be nice to have more people involved,” said Marlene. ““As a teacher, I love to have new people and teach them the process

“It wonderful when everything comes together. There’s so much going on that’s negative, it’s nice to have people come in and relax, and just enjoy the show.”

You never know who you might meet at the theatre. When performing in Plaza Suite several years ago, Marlene met Brian Sears, who was also in the show and is now her husband.

Brian is directing Hubtown Theatre’s March show, Maggie’s Getting Married, also by Norm Foster.

“There were two slots available so we decided to do two plays this spring,” he said. “Maggie’s Getting married is a romantic comedy with some ridiculous aspects.

“The audiences respond to Norm Foster plays, and this is the eighth one I’ve directed. I want to do ‘Halfway There’ when the amateur rights are available, because it’s set in Stewiacke.”

Brian has been involved in theatre since he was 15, and acted with the Colchester Players at one time.

“When you go out on stage as an actor, you’re pretending to be someone you’re not,” he said. “You’re creating something and the energy affects a large group. People like escape. They like to forget the outside world for a while, and enjoy a story and laugh. If you perform and make people applaud and laugh, it’s very affirming.

“As a director, I like to sit at the top and watch how the audience is responding. I enjoy being on stage vicariously.”

‘The Love List’ will be staged Feb. 21-24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 and are available at the Marigold box office and MacQuarries Pharmasave (Esplanade location).

Everything is the same for ‘Maggie’s Getting Married’ except the dates, which are March 21-24.

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