Jennifer Roberts and Francine Deschepper star in Susan Coyne’s Kingfisher Days, which is now running at Festival Antigonish. Not pictured is actor Hugh Thompson

ANTIGONISH: After the sold-out success of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre continues its repertory season with Kingfisher Days, by Susan Coyne on the Main Stage.

Directed by Mary Vingoe, and featuring Francine Deschepper, Jennifer Roberts, and Hugh Thompson, this play is based on the highly-acclaimed memoir by Coyne. It takes the audience back to a simpler time with the heartwarming story of young Susan who would write letters to an imaginary fairy at her family cottage. Her elderly neighbor, Mr. Moir, played by Thompson, decides to act as a scribe for both Susan and the fairy, and the play unfolds through a series of letters between them that lead to a poignant friendship and remind us to take the time to enjoy fleeting moments.

Artistic director Andrea Boyd says she is excited for the play to open.

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“This is the perfect play for summer theatre,” Boyd remarked. “It is funny, nostalgic, and charming all at once. Coyne is a gifted writer who was named to the Order of Canada just a few weeks ago. To have her play and to produce it with such a talented group of actors and designers is a rare treat. I am looking forward to sharing this play with our audiences.”

Photo by Peter Murphy
Francine Deschepper and Hugh Thompson star in Susan Coyne’s Kingfisher Days, which opened at Festival Antigonish on July 20. Not in the picture is actor Jennifer Roberts.

Kingfisher Days opened on July 20 with a pay-what-you-can preview show on July 19. Shows start at 8 p.m. at the Bauer Theatre, located on the StFX campus.

Keeping with the theme of the story, this is a short play with no intermission, allowing patrons to exit the theatre early and enjoy the remainder of the evening with their family and friends. The Green Room bar at the Bauer Theatre will feature specialty cocktails and will be open every night for mingling with the cast and team after the performance.

Also running on the Main Stage is The Hound of the Baskervilles, a rollicking spoof of the beloved Sherlock Holmes mystery. Directed by Boyd, it features Christian Murray, Hugh Thompson, and Jeremy Webb in a fast-paced madcap adventure that is gathering rave reviews after opening week.

Opening this week on the Family Stage is Martha, a charming award-winning play from Scotland, that will delight the young and the young-at-heart alike. Directed by Richie Wilcox, and featuring Sansom Marchand and Naomi Vogt, this play is a beautiful story about friendship with original music and enchanting puppetry. Martha runs from July 25 – August 5, 10 am daily, also at the Bauer Theatre.

For more details and a complete show schedule, please visit: www.festivalantigonish.com. Festival Antigonish recognizes the generous support of its funding partners and sponsors, including Main Stage Co-Sponsors – MacLeod Group and Atlantic Windows – and Family Stage sponsor East Coast Credit Union.