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Hubtown Theatre Society bringing a quirky comedy to the Marigold stage

Jennifer MacLean, as Melanie Morningside, and Jon-Erik Hill, as James Bell, rehearse a scene from The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby. Hubtown Theatre Society will present the show at the Marigold Cultural Centre March 27-30.
Jennifer MacLean, as Melanie Morningside, and Jon-Erik Hill, as James Bell, rehearse a scene from The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby. Hubtown Theatre Society will present the show at the Marigold Cultural Centre March 27-30. - Lynn Curwin
TRURO, N.S. —

Car trouble, a little romance, a shark attack… What more could you ask for?

Hubtown Theatre Society will present The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby, a romantic comedy by Norm Foster, at the Marigold Cultural Centre.

And don’t let the rambling name worry you.

“At first, I had some misgivings about the title, but then I decided it would catch people’s attention,” said Brian Sears, who is co-directing with his wife, Marlene. “As long as people realize we’re not actually holding a fishing derby, we’re okay.”

The play tells the story of a young investment banker whose car breaks down when he’s on his way to a conference, leaving him stuck in Kooshog Lake during a fishing derby.

“He’s very Type A and isn’t happy when he finds out his car can’t be fixed until after the weekend,” said Brian. “He has encounters with locals who sometimes have fun with him and sometimes help him, and there are some unexpected results.

“It’s a light romantic comedy with some depth to characters.”

Because Brian is part of the cast of five, he’s handling more of the promotions and set design while Marlene is in charge of the hands-on directing.

“We’ve done several Norm Foster plays and there are others I’d like to do,” he said. “They’re enjoyable for the performers and the audience.”

The cast consists of Susan Chisholm as Sienna, Jon-Erik Hill as James, Christine Finn as Rhonda, Brian Sears as Kirk, and Jennifer MacLean as Melanie.

Performances will be staged nightly from March 27 through March 30. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $24 and can be purchased at the Marigold Cultural Centre box office or online at Ticketpro.

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