Submitted by Walter Boomsma: Now understand that I'm not a bonafide theatre critic… but as folks say about art– "I don't know much, but I know what I like!" So I attended the recent Talent Night at Wayside Grange in North Dexter as a grange supporter–even paid the admission fee in spite of the offer that "card-carrying grange members can attend for free." I have no regrets.
Well, maybe we should have dressed warmer… we thought Worthy Doctor Watson (aka Worthy Master Dave Pearson) was kidding when he said they'd run out of oil and needed folks to be generous. We also thought it was planned that the house lights went down right after he said it so he could announce "… and there go the lights."
Watson and Holmes (Tim Breen) updated the audience between acts, taking until intermission to solve a case involving the "Hound of Sangerville." It turned out, according to Holmes, the Hound of Sangerville was actually a Shih Tzu who had somehow transmogrified into a bull. Amazing as it is, no one saw the next line coming… a bull shih tzu.
There was more bull when a set of flamenco music included the bull fighting song… and plenty more as Watson and Holmes provided comic relief between acts that ranged from flamenco music to Leadbelly to alternative rock to contemporary folk music provided by Nite Boat.
Nite Boat offered an ecletic selection that had a few people dancing in the back.
This truly was a show with "something for everyone." Some of the skits were "tried and true," but the acting was great and, in a demonstration of talent at it's best there was no way the audience could tell when mistakes were made–they were incorporated in a way that contributed to the humor.
Master Dave explained briefly that a determined band of folks are working hard to "bring back the old building and have a lot of fun in the process." He pointed out that if folks were interested in becoming Grange Members, "we wouldn't expect you to work with us more than 30-40 hours per week."
Intermission included some good grange pies (with ice cream!) and a chance to compare notes with friends and neighbors… and the second act moved along all too quickly. Wayside Grange and Theatre is worth keeping an eye on. While they "don't do much in the winter" because "this old building is really hard to heat," they will be presenting a Christmas Program. Wear your woolies, but don't miss it!
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