Live Theatre, Concerts & Events

June 25th 2015, 8:00pm
June 26th 2015, 8:00pm
June 27th 2015, 8:00pm
June 28th 2015, 2:00pm
July 3rd 2015, 8:00pm
July 4th 2015, 8:00pm
July 5th 2015, 2:00pm

By Joanna McClellan Glass

Directed by Norma Cummings

June 25, 26, 27, July 3 & 4 at 8:00 pm

June 28 & July 5 at 2:00 pm

Brimming with romantic optimism of the post-war era, this sunny comedy brings the hopeful message that love can be lovelier the second time around. Be part of the fun when an Irish Sweepstake ticket exalts the meek above the mighty in a close-know prairie town. Set in a happy, fictionalized Saskatoon of the author’s childhood, it’s all-Canadian and winningly fun!

Tickets: $22 at The Book Nook, 60 Gore Street E. (cash only); Hay Design, 63 Gore Street East (cash only); Shadowfax, 67 Foster St. 613-267-6817, (on-line, phone & credit cards; a convenience fee applies) $24 at the door; $10 rush seats at the door for students with ID

Special! Buy tickets to both summer plays for $40 at all ticket outlets!


Yesteryear will add some extra sunshine to your summer.

Sunny, oh so funny, and brimming with the romantic optimism of the post-war era. That’s how the play Yesteryear is best described — the perfect summer entertainment. And it’s coming soon to Perth’s own Studio Theatre.

Joanna McClelland Glass’s comedy/love story Yesteryear takes place in 1948 in the small prairie town of Raglan, Saskatchewan, where painter David McTavish has been living ever since he caught his fiancee, Mildred Douglas, cheating on him the night before their wedding. David is a devastated, love-sick guy whose whole life is centered around the fact that his near-marriage to Mildred didn’t work out, nearly 15 years earlier.

Then one night the telegraph operator at the hotel brings the news that David has won the massive sum of $120,000 in the Irish Sweepstakes. Soon, dozens of townspeople are giving him advice regarding how he should use the money, like rebuilding the town’s library or building a new hockey rink. But David McTavish isn’t really interested in the money. For him, the biggest news is that Mildred Douglas is coming back to town…

Yesteryear is a beautifully written comic love story with a little post-war left-wing politics thrown in (Saskatchewan had just elected a CCF government) great characters, lots of boozing, gossiping, hockey talk, salty language, and even a local bordello, Emma Day’s Happy House.

Director Norma Cummings has assembled a stellar cast to tell her story, including David Parry, Lucas Tennant, Norman MacDonnell, Grey Masson, Alison Kirkpatrick, Krista Duff, Martin Treffers, and Bernie Oldendorp, seasoned actors who know a great script when they see one.

“There’s a terrific build-up to meeting Mildred Douglas,” says Alison Kirkpatrick, who plays Mildred. “Everyone wants to see if anything can be rekindled between her and David. It’s a story you can’t help liking, and a hero you can’t help cheering for.”

Brighten your summer with a comedy at the Studio theatre, Perth’s fully accessible, air conditioned community showplace.