Monday, August 1, 2011

Twisted Tree Theatre Company Presents - "Wilde At the Winery"

Combine an alfresco picnic amid grape vines and wine barrels, a warm Okanagan summer evening, delectable wine, then top it off with live theatre, and you have a delicious escape from everyday chaos.
This is the second year that Jen Vien’s Twisted Tree Theatre Company has paired up with Township 7 Vineyard and Winery to offer a wonderful experience of wine and the arts in a beautiful setting.  Township 7 has a location on the Naramata Bench as well as one in Langley BC and both venues take turns at hosting the play.
We attended last Saturday night’s performance of "An Ideal Husband", a clever political satire by Oscar Wilde, and went away singing the praises of the very talented five member cast.  Not only did Jen Viens adapt and direct the play, but she was also flawless in her role as, the very idealistic and perhaps moral to a fault,  Lady Chiltern.  Tommy Cowles was unequalled in his portrayal of Lord Chiltern as he struggled with blackmail, political corruption and possible dishonor.  He was also hilarious in the smaller role as Phipps the butler.  For the life of me I never know how actors can remember so many lines!!!! Jean MacLean-Angus also had a double role and her professional experience shone as she seamlessly played the very opposite parts of the corrupt and nasty Mrs. Cheveley and the charming sweet Mabel Chiltern.  Braleigh James also became either Lord Goring or Mason the butler, as required and she carried off both opposite genre roles with expertise.
Donna Lynch, a familiar face with Many Hats Theatre, was delightful as the rather empty headed but well-meaning Lady Markby.
All the cast carried off their English accents with plausible ease to say the least and as the sun sunk down and spotlights came on we hardly realized that it was dark by the time we made our way back to reality. 

The production will be moving to the Township 7 Langley Winery for August 5 and 6.  See video clip from play below.  
We will be sure to stay tuned for future performances by the Twisted Tree Theatre Company.  Jen Viens will be teaching a drama program through the Penticton Rec Centre from Aug 15 -19 for ages 12 to 17 years.  She is also available for workshop bookings, team-building, and one-on-one coaching - and birthday parties! If you have a space, and you have a vision (and it involves drama) then get in touch with Jen!

There are many great Vacation Rentals in Naramata, which offer a perfect base for enjoying the local arts and culture and exploring the many wineries in and around Penticton.

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