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'Monday at the Manor' a hit

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Forget Broadway—the stars of the stage are in Borderland.

“Monday at the Manor,” a comedy in two acts written and directed by local resident Tracy Gibson, was performed to tremendous applause last Thursday through Saturday at La Place Rendez-Vous here.

“I feel we had an incredible response to the play,” Gibson told the Times.

"Over three nights, we had over 360 people.

“I was very happy with how the play turned out," she added. ”We are not a professional theatre troupe by any means so, of course, there were little mistakes made along the way [including the last night when I messed up the music toward the end of the play].

“We just have a little chuckle over our bloopers and continue on,” Gibson noted.

Without giving away too much, the play focuses on residents and staff at a long-term care facility. Two new additions to the “Manor”—one being a staff member and the other being a resident—throw the regulars into a tailspin.

The cast of “Monday at the Manor" included Sarah Langtry, Darren Derendorf, Kerry Zucchiatti, Darryl Allan, Rob Tovey, Beth Logue, Brittany Strachan, Aela Mackintosh, and Lew Kempf—and they "did a fabulous job with their portrayals,” Gibson said.

“When I write a play, I like to let the actors get a feel for their characters and see how things progress naturally,” she explained.

“Once they understand their characters, I find that the actors will come up with little mannerisms, etc. that fit that role,” she added.

“The cast did not disappoint.”

The unsung hero of the production was Gibson's husband, Rick Socholotuk.

“I don't know another person who would work as tirelessly as he has to ensure we are ready to hit the stage,” she remarked.

If you didn't catch it, don't worry—a special performance of “Monday at the Manor” also will be performed on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Rainy River.

There's still a few advance tickets for that dinner theatre performance available for $35 each (cash or cheque only) at Kreger Sales & Service but they're selling fast, Gibson warned.

Cocktails once again will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 and then the play.

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